Jimi Hendrix: Live at Monterey
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The complete Hendrix experience in an incendiary performance that captivated the audience and made Hendrix a true rock phenomenon. This was Jimi's triumphant homecoming gig after his time building his reputation on London's club circuit, and the gig more than any other that launched him to worldwide superstardom.
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As for the DVD itself, it is a great product. There is a 20-minute long introduction in which topics such as the discovery of Hendrix, the formation of the Monterey Pop Festival, and his return to the United States are covered. It provides background for the show, then launches straight into the set. The camerawork here is phenomenal, not suffering from the extreme closeups that many complain about in the Woodstock footage. The show itself is only about 40 minutes long, but it is 40 minutes of pure rock excellence. The songs here are pretty compact, at least compared to the extended jamming seen in other performances like Woodstock or Fillmore East; however, I think this actually benefits this particular performance, keeping it tight and fast-paced.
Overall, this is a must-have for any Hendrix fan. It's also a great starting place for new fans, as it shows all his exciting showmanship while also displaying some excellent guitar work. Either way, you won't be disappointed!
However, I was a little disappointed in Jimi's live performance in this dvd. After all, I have read about how great he was, & how "Rolling Stone" magazine duded him, the Greatest Guitar Player ever. I was expecting a better live performance, than Jimi's performance on this dvd. In all due respect, Jimi did put on a very good performance, but I was expecting better. The main highlight for me was at the end of his performance, he poured lighter fluid on his guitar and set it on fire. This was reminescent of Jerry Lee Lewis, pouring lighter fluid on this pianos and setting them on fire, when he'd end his show, while playing "Great Balls of Fire".
Also, I've been reading the book, "My Cross to Bear", the memiors of Gregg Allman. In this book, Gregg mentions that he got to see Jimi perform live, and that he too, was disappointed in Jimi's live performance. He also was expecting a better performance from Jimi, than what he saw live. Apparently Jimi was a lot better in a recording studio, because he recorded some of the best blues rock records ever.
However, I have a lot of respect for Jimi Hendrix, because he wrote some dang good, blues rock songs. Plus, he was a great influence on many future blues rock guitarists. The Jimi Hendrix Classic "Voodoo Chile", has been carried on by many other blues rock guitarists. The late/great Stevie Ray Vaughan was greatly influenced by Jimi, and SRV included the song "Voodoo Chile" in his regular song sets, that he performed at concerts. Plus, he even recorded a studio version of it. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has also commented that he was highly influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Also, Kenny Wayne Sheperd, Eric Johnson, along with many, many other blues guitarists state they were greatly influenced by Jimi Hendrix.
This dvd is packed full of Bonus Material, mostly documentary in nature. Thanks, and I hope this review has been helpful.
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