Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church
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This special DVD presentation of Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest US audience of his career.
This critically acclaimed film combines color, 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix's unforgettable July 4, 1970 concert in its original performance sequence together with a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the unrelenting toll of the Vietnam War and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival.
The film details Hendrix's integral role in drawing nearly 500,000 people to his Electric Church- a dusty, scorching hot pecan orchard in Byron, Georgia some 100 miles south of Atlanta. Together with Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox, Jimi skillfully blended favorites such as "Purple Haze," "All Along The Watchtower," and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" with confident renditions of new songs such as "Freedom" and "Straight Ahead" that had not yet been released on album. As a colorful fireworks display stretched overhead across the night sky, Jimi performed the "Star Spangled Banner" to the wild delight of the massive audience.
The performance footage of the Experience has been carefully restored from the original negative in high definition. The audio soundtrack includes stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Eddie Kramer directly from the original master tapes.
This expanded DVD features three songs not seen in the television broadcast. This includes, "Red House," "Freedom" and a special presentation of "Room Full Of Mirrors" that features all of the existing performance footage combined with never before seen photographs of the Atlanta performance.
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The only special feature is a video for the song Room Full Of Mirrors which uses all the available footage of that particular song, which apparently was very little, but they did managed to make an enjoyable video non the less. One needs to understand that the filming of this performance was set up at the last minute and film cameras could only hold so many minutes on a single reel, and although they had several cameras only so much of this show was actually captured on film. In the parts where they missed some of the performance the editors have done a good job filling the space with shots of the crowd and the two other gentleman on stage, so the film blends these moments seamlessly. The sound and picture are also very well matched up and Jimi's fret work is spot on for the majority of this film. I feel the Hendrix family really hit this one out of the park. I own all the Hendrix Blu-Ray's that have been released so far, and this one is my favorite. I'm still hopeful that we will eventually see the Albert Hall footage one day, but until then I will be enjoying this release. If you are a fan of Jimi's music then I highly recommend you add this Blu-Ray to your collection.
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Other than that, EXCELLENT DVD!!!