Live at Woodstock (Jimi Hendrix album)

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Live at Woodstock
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Live album by
ReleasedJuly 6, 1999 (1999-07-06)
RecordedAugust 18, 1969
VenueWoodstock Festival, Bethel, New York
GenreRock
Length96:38
LabelMCA
ProducerJanie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, John McDermott
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Live at the Fillmore East
(1999)
Live at Woodstock
(1999)
Live at Clark University
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

Live at Woodstock is a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix released on July 6, 1999. It documents most of his performance at the Woodstock Festival on August 18, 1969, and contains Hendrix's iconic interpretation of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and other songs from the original festival film and soundtrack album.

In his first public performance since the breakup of the Jimi Hendrix Experience on June 29, 1969, Hendrix was accompanied by an expanded lineup of backing musicians.[3] The short-lived group has been informally referred to as "Gypsy Sun and Rainbows", after a comment Hendrix made during the performance:

Dig, we'd like to get something straight. We got tired of the Experience ... So we decided to change the whole things around, and call it Gypsy Sun and Rainbows. Or short, it's nothin' but a Band of Gypsys.[4]

Hendrix's historic set began at 9 a.m. and lasted for about two hours; he played to a dwindling Monday morning audience and the set closed the festival.[5] The album, produced under the family-run Experience Hendrix, supersedes the 1994 Woodstock album produced by Alan Douglas, which contains fewer and more edited tracks.[6]

Overview[edit]

Many of the tracks on this album were released in 1994 on Woodstock. As with the earlier release, rhythm guitarist Larry Lee's medley of "Gypsy Woman" with "Aware of Love" (both songs originally by the Impressions) and his "Mastermind" are not included. "Mastermind" was played between "Red House" and "Lover Man" while "Gypsy Woman"/"Aware of Love" was played between "Izabella" and "Fire". Lee's solo on "Red House" and Mitch Mitchell's drum solo on "Jam Back at the House" have been edited.

A two-disc DVD version of the performance was issued on September 13, 2005, and a single-disc Blu-ray version was issued on November 25, 2008.

Track listing[edit]

Details are taken from the original Live at Woodstock MCA Records CD liner notes.[4] Other releases may show different information.

All tracks are written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

Disc one
No.TitleLength
1."Introduction"2:21
2."Message to Love"7:21
3."Hear My Train A Comin'"9:49
4."Spanish Castle Magic"7:05
5."Red House"5:24[7]
6."Lover Man"5:11
7."Foxy Lady"5:06
8."Jam Back at the House"7:44[8]
Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."Izabella"6:42
2."Fire"3:42
3."Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"13:40
4."Star Spangled Banner" (adapted by Hendrix)3:43
5."Purple Haze"4:23
6."Woodstock Improvisation"3:59
7."Villanova Junction[9]"4:28
8."Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts)5:52

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock – Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Moon, Tom. "Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock – Music Reviews". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2011.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  3. ^ Hendrix appeared on two American late-night television talk shows in July backed by studio musicians and Cox. McDermott, John; Kramer, Eddie; Cox, Billy (2009). Ultimate Hendrix. New York City: Backbeat Books. p. 168. ISBN 0-87930-938-5.
  4. ^ a b Fricke, David (1999). Live at Woodstock (CD booklet). Jimi Hendrix. Universal City, California: MCA Records. p. 8. MCAD2-11987.
  5. ^ Brattin, Joel (June 28, 2019). "Hendrix and Woodstock: 10 Little-Known Facts about the Performance That Defined the '60s". Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Anderson, Jason. "Jimi Hendrix: Woodstock – Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  7. ^ Larry Lee's guitar solo was edited out (4:52) for this album
  8. ^ Mitchell's drum solo was edited (from 2:12 to 0:47) for this album
  9. ^ "Villanova Junction" was originally titled "Instrumental Solo" on Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More (1970).