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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, Essential, But Not His Best, 30 Oct. 2006
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This review is from: Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
Despite the hype, this was not Jimi's best concert: it had some great moments but in many places is rather shambolic. This is not surprising, as the Gypsy Sun and Rainbows was under-rehearsed.

The footage is OK, although it concentrates on Hendrix (of course).

Most of the Hendrix hits are there, along with new material like Mitch's `Beginnings' (aka Jam Back at the House, with composition credits going to Jimi) and 'Izabella'. The Star Spangled Banner and the instrumental which follows are the best things in the show.

The DVD is almost twice as long as the original VHS release and has much better sound. However, as with the video, the mix buries the other members of the band (second guitar and two percussionists) apart from Mitch and Billy.

The concert sounds more or less like it's being played by a three-piece band; this is usually a good thing as Larry Lee is not that great a guitarist and the percussion seems to get in the way, at least when you can hear it. But it does mean that you're not hearing the true sound of the show.

The omission of Larry Lee's songs yet again is inexcusable, as apparently they weren't that bad and footage must exist.

The extras on the second DVD are welcome, but you'll probably only watch them once. The interviews with Mitch Mitchell, Larry Lee and Billy Cox are worthwhile, even if you'll be shocked by how different Mitch and Larry look these days. The `bonus' black and white footage is OK but doesn't really add much to the proceedings.

Despite the caveats, this is a must-have if you're a Hendrix fan.
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