Hear My Train A Comin'
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This special presentation of Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' presents the definitive documentary about the extraordinary life of the greatest guitarist of all time.
As seen on PBS' 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"
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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. I could not have been more wrong, it is painfully obvious from this film that Hendrix was going strong and the music was still pouring from him. Had he transitioned to managing his finances and lifestyle even nominally, this film (in statements by Kramer and others) leaves no doubt his recording output would have continued and reached new heights. One of the better rock n' roll documentaries for its highlighting of its subject's music.
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.
Hard to believe that he did all that he did in less than 4 years, but then again, Jimi IS The Master!!!
Do yourself a huge favor and pick this up.... it is quintessential for any fan of Jimi Hendrix!!!