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Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight

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  • Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Experience Hendrix
  • ASIN: B000070GVU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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1. God Save The Queen
2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. All Along The Watchtower
5. Machine Gun
6. Lover Man
7. Freedom
8. Red House
9. Dolly Dagger
10. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
11. In From The Storm

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In 1970, Jimi Hendrix returned to the country where he'd skyrocketed to fame and gave his first performances in almost two years when he headlined the Isle of Wight festival. Sadly, it was also to be his last major public appearance: less than three weeks later, he would be dead. Compiled from that performance (also available in its entirety as a limited-edition double disc), these recordings reveal a guitar legend in good humor, yet restlessly exploring the broader musical directions he'd just laid down on sessions for what would become First Rays of the New Rising Sun (initially released posthumously as The Cry of Love). Backed by Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox, Hendrix ranges from the improvisatory cacophony of "Machine Gun" and a retooling of his standard blues workout "Red House" to renditions of "Dolly Dagger," "Freedom," and "Hey Baby" that trade on the more rhythmic R&B and jazz influences he'd diligently worked into his music. At times jagged, and straining the limitations of the trio format (Hendrix had publicly mused about working with a big band shortly before his death), it's nonetheless a passionate, intriguing clue as to Hendrix's true ambitions and potential beyond his initial hype and stardom. --Jerry McCulley

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Media Type: CD
Artist: HENDRIX,JIMI
Title: BLUE WILD ANGEL/LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT
Street Release Date: 11/12/2002
Domestic
Genre: ROCK/POP

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hendrix lets loose May 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
While there is SOME sloppy playing on this CD, it is a concert after all, and conditions were pretty poor from a technical standpoint from what I hear. Is spite of this, this contains some truly inspiring improvisation from the king of improv. If you are familiar with H only from radioplay, you are in for a treat, as Hendrix's genius as a live perfomer really shines forth on these tracks. Truly sounds like two guitars. Credit should also go to the band, who are totally in synch with H's playing. You can hear how Hendrix is getting real jazzy in his phrasing. God, what could have been.... My favorite track: Hey Baby.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something's wrong here November 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Any Hendrix is good Hendrix, but listening to this disc, I felt that something was wrong that night. Hendrix spends a good bit of time apologizing for the sound, which is usually an indication that there are technical as well as performance difficulties. The remastering is good, although I understand that the DVD is not properly in sync, i.e. lips move before song is sung. Spared that, and taken on its own merits, Hendrix seems to have a bit of an attitude at the beginning which resurfaces in the face of whatever frustrations he must have encountered.
Pity too, since this line up of Mitch MItchell and Billy Cox were the perfect trio partners for him. The playing is all very good, but this performance does not match WOODSTOCK or BAND OF GYPSIES, or his moments at MONTEREY, all of which are far more satisfying. It is a marked improvement over his appearance on Dick Cavett, which has to be one of the most absurd, surreal and bizarre moments in TV history.
Anyway, the songs here on the double CD do not follow the sequence of their performance as you hear Hendrix say goodnight midway through the first disc. Hmmm. Although, come to think of it, it seems like the life went out of these performances about that time. The run through of ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER, SGT PEPPER, and a few others are just that: run-throughs. Hendrix could not have been that pleased with this show, but it still has the obvious historic importance of being his last, so there is merit to it. The liner notes tell you that Hendrix knew the times ahd changed significantly, and perhaps the relevance of wht he was doing and where he was going musically was weighing heavily on him. We'll never know. For the moment, we have this as a puzzling farewell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete Jimi at the Isle Of Wight August 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This Limited Edition 2CD and 1 DVD set is a very cheap way of getting the 2CD set in an enlarged digipak compared with the 2CD only set. The DVD, as mentioned by the Amazon Marketplace seller, is faulty in all sealed copies of this set, but the CDs are fine. I bought a new copy of the DVD only to complete the set, and this is great also. Whilst this is not the greatest Jimi live available, it is quite well recorded and there are some excellent tracks present.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last British Adventure September 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
In a symbolic way, closing a full circle that has began 4 years earlier in Britian, Hendrix made his fairwell concert from England in the best fashion possible. Accompanied by two old buddies from the early days and days of fame and glory at Woodstock festival a year earlier, Mitch Mitchell on drums and Billy Cox on bass, Jimi made the best out of it, playing some very fine tunes, paying tribute to the country where he first rose to worldwide stardom and fame, and where, for substantial period of time, he was part of the people of Britian who embraced and loved him as if he was one of their own. Starting off with a tribute to Great Britian with his idea of God Save The Queen as he did the previous year at Woodstock with the American Star Spangled Banner, Hendrix continued with another tribute to Great Britian, this time to the Beatles with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. At 2:00am in front of 600,000 music fans and stoned hippies, Hendrix held no prisoners as he crashed the small island's night silence with an absolutely blazing performance, giving everything he got, as if he could sense this would be his last British concert. his usual repertoire followed next, including Spanish Castle Magic, Dylan's All Along The Watchtower, Machine Gun, Lover Man, Freedom, Red House and many more. Without a doubt, the 1970 Isle of Wight concert is one of the best ever recorded. Great re-mastered sound and a great cd to treasure, an historic landmark in Hendrix's magical career.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Hendrix..a must own! May 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
To any Hendrix fan, especially anyone who has seen the film of the same name, this CD will be a real treat. Now we know how cut and choppy the film was! There are even two songs here that the film completely cut out, including a beautiful (HEY BABY)New Rising Sun. The band, although performing at 2:30 AM plays exceptionally tight, and Jimi is in great form..having fun even though exhausted! Of course, you must also get the film..if for no other reason than to see Jimi perform RED HOUSE. I defy anyone to find a better version! Watch as he starts out the song very shakily, even cursing at himself..but then slowly begins to find his way and nails every note brilliantly as only Hendrix could play. Awesome. Get this CD and the DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessencial Version Of The Isle Of Wight November 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although not the complete available compilation of this concert, this CD is a must for any serious Hendrix collector, or for someone considering getting into his music and your'e not sure you want to put out the money for the 2 disk set. I think this has the best of the concert on it.
Eddie Kramer does a magnificent job of removing the sound quality problems from the original Polydor recording.
To get the full affect of this concert you have to see the DVD!!
Although Hendrix is not at his sharpest (it's 3:30AM), and he knew he was'nt having the greatest night, it is clear that he was heading into a magnificent new dimension of his music. Nothing else he ever recorded sound anything like it... That's what makes this concert so special. It's too bad that we never got to hear and see more of just where he was going with it. However, Jimi still gives it his all making it one of my favorites, and will be yours too...
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will never see this kind of musical performance again
This is a great cd. The sound quality is almost perfect and proves that we will never have musicians like these guys again. In todays world no one cares about true music. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Matthew J. Pichler
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing performance
Jimi makes it look so easy that we tend to take it for granted that he is going to play an amazing set all of the time. Read more
Published 11 months ago by chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Hendrix Just Keeps Comin'
With the release of material that has been under the control of the estate or tied up in litigation it's becoming clear that we'll be seeing music from Jimi for quite awhile. Read more
Published 12 months ago by jedzeppelin
2.0 out of 5 stars jimi
This Hendrix is not very good. Also it was missing one of the discs when it arrived.
Published on April 28, 2010 by Steven L. Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing and unnecessary
I used to have the original vinyl 'Isle of Wight' album, with a cover photo from a completely different concert. Read more
Published on April 2, 2008 by lexo1941
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Hype
Very sloppy very sad........
He is very tired and very out of it.

The songs drag on and on.
Machine Gun is long and painful to listen to. Read more
Published on October 28, 2007 by Jordan J. Erickson
4.0 out of 5 stars The End Was Near
A long time ago, a friend gave me this performance on VHS as a gift. And I like it, although it does leave a little to be desired. Read more
Published on September 29, 2006 by A Hermit
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical...
As usual with any performer that flies by the seat of his pants when playing live (unlike most of today's acts which rehearse their sets and perform the same things in the same way... Read more
Published on May 7, 2006 by Ruel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Hendrix shows on CD
This show is great, Jimi plays some of the greatest licks and riffs ever played on a guitar. Freedom, Red House, Dolly Dagger, Foxy Lady, Message to Love, Easy Rider, and In From... Read more
Published on September 7, 2005 by K. Skowlund
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good performance
I have always thought this concert was a downer and it still is after remastering, remixing and repackaging.
Was a sad way to see Jimi go.
Published on July 12, 2004 by Bring_back_the_60s
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