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The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hear My Train A Comin' [Blu-ray]
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As seen on American Masters (PBS), this critically acclaimed film, directed by Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology; Festival Express), unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician's personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi from those closest to him. The film details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, his state of the art recording facility in Greenwich Village and concludes with poignant footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27.
A pioneering electric guitarist, Hendrix had only four years of mainstream exposure and recognition, but his influential music and riveting stage presence left an enduring legacy.
BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE 13 PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PERFORMANCES ONLY AVAILABLE ON THIS DVD :
MIAMI POP FESTIVAL: 5.1 Stereo
Never before released color film footage of the group's legendary May 18, 1968 festival performance, including "Foxey Lady," "Tax Free," and "Fire" together with interviews with festival promoter Michael Lang and engineer Eddie Kramer.
NEW YORK POP FESTIVAL: 5.1 Stereo
Never before released color film footage of the group's July 17, 1970 festival performance, including "Message To Love," "Lover Man," "All Along The Watchtower," "Purple Haze," and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)."
LOVE & PEACE FESTIVAL: Official 'Bootleg'
Newly discovered archival film footage of the final performance by the Jimi Hendrix Experience on September 6, 1970 at the Isle Of Fehmarn, Germany. Includes "Killing Floor," "Spanish Castle Magic," "All Along The Watchtower" and "Foxey Lady" and an amateur soundtrack recording recorded by the festival promoters using stage microphones.
TOP OF THE POPS:
View the March 30, 1967 appearance featuring the group performing "Purple Haze"
Top Customer Reviews
First off, the showing I went to happened to also be attended by the director Bob Smeaton! Kind of cool! We got to ask him questions about the doc after it was over. Nice guy and very frank about the challenges of editing a doc like this one with so many voices and pieces of footage to choose from and showcase.
Overall, this is a fine job. Keep in mind that for us "Jimi heads" we've seen the vast majority of the footage that's out there in one form or another. The two or three biggest "new Jimi visuals" included in the doc are Miami (obviously) and we get nearly a complete performance of Foxy Lady. We also get snippets of Tax Free and plenty of footage of the Miami crowd. But given this is a documentary, you're going to have to wait for the "Extras" in order to really enjoy all of the new footage, including Isle of Fehrman, which is briefly shown in the doc when Jimi performs Spanish Castle Magic (with the audience tape the family released as the audio for the cut). We also get, for what was for me anyways, some previously unseen footage of Jimi performing in a full blue velvet get-up. I forget which concert this was taken from.
The majority of the people interviewed in the doc have since passed on. Noel, Mitch, Chas, Paul Caruso, Buddy Miles, and a few more. Surprise, Faye Pridgeon is still around, so is Billy Cox (thank goodness), Linda Keith, but we still don't get any updated interview with Eric Barrett, unfortunately. Bob Smeaton mentioned that Eric didn't like how he was quoted in the original Jimi Hendrix biopic back in '73 and hence has never allowed himself to be interviewed on camera about Jimi since. Also, Leon chose not to be interviewed for this doc.Read more ›
had me really excited to see this production. Understand, this was presented on television on the PBS American Masters Series. This is NOT a look at the sordid details of his drug use or the way he died. What we have here is a look at his life and his music....his wonderful, glorious music. In that endevour, the film succeeds quite well. Using interview segments from friends and bandmates (several who are now deceased), an interesting look at his journey and his struggles emerges. He WANTED to be the best, and as manager Chas Chandler says, "By hell he worked at it."
The film explains how Jimi tried to be BETTER each day. Comments from Paul McCartney,
Steve Winwood and Billy Cox are icing on the cake. The interview segments from Fayne Pridgeon and Collete Mimram are a welcome surprise and touching addition to the film.
Eddie Kramer in studio showing how some of Jimi's incredible songs were constructed is amazing to see. The new Miami footage is astonishing and while some think that Experience Hendrix is holding back some, there may in fact not be anymore. Many times when the camera angle switches from Jimi
to the crowd, that sometimes means that the cameraman stopped shooting (yeah it happens) so filler footage is used. We do get some of that but what we do see will blow away the most jaded Hendrix fan. While the music is the main attraction here, the thoughts of Jimi's friends and fellow musicians mean a lot to the overall feature. In my view, this film makes the DVD documentary
"Jimi Hendrix/ Voodoo Child" which came in the "West Coast Seattle Boy" boxset obsolete.
(that one WAS a waste of time... I only watched it once).Read more ›
I do wish Jimi had liked his own voice better. I think its great, but his unassuming off-stage persona must have let the self doubts enter regarding his vocals.
This is the way Hendrix should be remembered, it honors his innovative, original brilliance and vision. If there is a lack of ugliness about background people or situations, all the better. Its about the music and his legacy as it should be. The documentary is very satisfying and supports all my good experiences with this amazing, original artist.
As Jimi's first manager (ex-Animal Chas Chandler, one of its better interviewees) states convincingly, Hendrix was not a tragic figure and his warm and fun loving but shy personality is evident throughout the film. His early death is tragic to be certain, but his short life's work is infinitely brilliant. The film is heavy on the 4 compressed years of his recording career and manages to include interviews with those who knew him best during this period. Kudos to the film's compilers for drawing on the important recollections of the now deceased Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, and Chas Chandler. Wouldn't be complete without the views from his bandmates and they are in ample supply here.
Not only is his virtuoso playing in evidence, it is also emphasized that Hendrix was not only a brilliant guitar stylist but a composer and sound shaper of the highest order. His collaborations with sympathetic engineer Eddie Kramer were magnificent sonic statements and a strong argument is made, in spite of false notions that Hendrix was spent, that if not for his manic touring schedule and money woes and, finally, his death there would not have been many more amazing efforts by the two of them.
I remembered thinking that when he died that he had "probably peaked anyway", which was a callous way for a 19 year old to rationalize his loss, the end of such an immense talent who had contributed so much to the musical landscape of my youth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having just watched the film, I conclude that 1) Jimi was a nice person and a driven musician, and 2) my musical taste is terrible. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Steve Kohn
I bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas and we watched it a few weeks ago and it was terrific, made me more of a Hendrix fanPublished 15 days ago by Jenifer Mason
I had seen every single performance on other DVD's so I felt a little ripped off. I love Jimi so much that I put up with Janie Hendrix's greed. He was great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. STEVENSON
A great place to reminisce for long time fans, a good place to start for those just discovering music. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bruce Cornwall
Love this movie. If you are a Jimi Hendrix fan. A must see!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had the opportunity to meet Eddie Kramer ( who you will see in the movie , Jimi's recording engineer)... Read more
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I'm looking forward to this and the Miami Pop Festival on CD and vinyl. Would also love to hear a blu ray (audio only) version of "Miami Pop Festival" since that would be the ultimate digital experience if done correctly.
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