Step inside the world of Jimi Hendrix via Experience, the acclaimed 1968 program which features a high speed mix of commentary, interviews with Jimi, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, and indelible live performances. Highli... more »ghts include Jimi's unforgettable twelve-string acoustic rendition of "Hear My Train a-Comin'" as well as incendiary live performances of "Purple Haze" and "Wild Thing" filmed in Blackpool, England, and a soundtrack filled with Hendrix classics like "Voodoo Chile," "If Six Was Nine," "Castles Made of Sand," "May This Be Love," and "Foxey Lady." Live performances of "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Purple Haze" from Swedish Television's Popside, May 24, 1967; Live performances of "Red House" and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" from Swedish Television's Number Nine, January 9, 1969, featuring Jimi playing a Gibson SG rather than his trademark Fender Stratocaster; "Wild Thing" live in Paris, October 9, 1967; Original promotional film for "Hey Joe" filmed at London's Saville Theatre in January 1967; 1997 music video for "Dolly Dagger" featuring Fawn Reed and James Hong.« less
"When I read the short description of this video, I had hoped it was the video of the unreleased film 'Experience' from Hendrix' Royal Albert Hall performance. It definitely is not. First, the production quality of this video is horrendous. It appears to be a bootleg of previously released clips. Most of it is so overexposed as to be a blur on the screen. There are three 'live' performances documented. One can be found on the 'Soundtrack from the Film Jimi Hendrix' (Hear My Train a Comin' [acoustic]). The other two are 'Purple Haze' and 'Wild Thing'. Both appear to be from the same performance, but unfortunately the poor video and audio of this tape get in the way of making this tape a nice find. There is also a 1960s 'video' (in 8mm format) of the studio version of the song 'Foxy Lady', comprising mostly of a woman in a fur coat running around what appears to be a parking lot. Nice retro piece, but no big deal. There are also interviews with Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. These appear to have been lifted and slapped together to stretch out this tape. In short, look elsewhere. There are better performances recorded on film. Look for Pennebacker. The poor quality and scant content make this a letdown even for a hardcore Hendrix enthusiast."
"I THINK HE'S THE ONLY PART RED INDIAN, PART NEGRO,
Soaring Heart | 03/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"EX-ARMY AIRBORNE, ELECTRONIC BLUES PLAYER THAT I'VE EVER MET." (NR?)Frankly, I was disappointed with the sound quality the most and also the picture quality of this DVD, however; I told myself to be THANKFUL for ANY Jimi I can get! He is GONE and I should CHERISH this--and I do! I wish he was still here with us today! Think how amazing that would be!Included on this DVD is:EXPERIENCE: [Color] Includes live performances and rare footage. It has "Purple Haze", "Wild Thing", a photo session with Jimi, Noel and Mitch, a short video of Indians with comments by Jimi, Jimi answering short questions of Mitch and Noel (particularly humorous is Jimi's pet peeve about gimmicks), "Foxey Lady" video, Jimi skydiving and Jimi describing his feelings of it, and it ends with "Hear My Train A Comin'."POPSIDE: [Black & White] Stockholm, Sweden May 24, 1967. Jimi performs in studio for a Swedish Television Program. This section of the DVD has more closeups of his fingering, much better picture and somewhat better sound quality than EXPERIENCE (above.) He plays "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Purple Haze." POPSIDE is an awesome clip!NUMBER NINE: [Black & White] Stockholm, Sweden January 9, 1969. "Time for some electric church music..." says the announcer. This is definitely my favorite section of the DVD. Jimi plays "Red House"--it is an amazing performance of the song with much improved and diverse camera angles. The angles include closeups of each player, of all three, plus priceless closeups of Jimi's fingering and full body angles! Jimi goes straight into "Sunshine Of Your Love" and it is awesome too! This and the other Swedish performance, POPSIDE, are worth the purchase price of this DVD in my opinion! DIG!OLYMPIA: [Color] Paris October 9, 1967. An incredible performance of "Wild Thing." What can I say? GROOVY!"HEY JOE": ORIGINAL PROMOTIONAL FILM [Color] January 1967. Not a lot of lighting on but this has a much better picture quality than some clips on this DVD. I have always loved this song."DOLLY DAGGER" [Color] 1997 Music video with Fawn Reed and James Hong. I liked this but especially the ending! WOW! You have to see this!All in all, I think you should enjoy this if you are a big fan as long as you are forewarned of the sound and picture quality which are no better than average (I am being generous here.)"
For Collectors Only
Julie A.K. Ross | Idaho | 11/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I myself am a collector; I own over 85 videos from Beatles to The Who to... well, just about every band in the history of rock and roll. As a fan of Hendrix, this video, a mere 69 minutes in length, was sloppy, disorganized, random bits of footage that seemed to come out of nowhere. As a collector, I enjoyed very much of it. The Dolly Dagger video alone was worth the price, plus to finally see the 1969 Sweeden concert was really cool.I would suggest that they make a film documenting Hendrix' entire life, like "The Definitive Elvis" or "Beatles Anthology." That way, we not only see the film clips, but we get a better understanding of how everything fits together. All in all, I'd say it has a lot of material that a collector would enjoy, but as a fan, I enjoyed "Jimi Plays Monterey" more."
Great extras great film
M. Im Flinkenberg | Wellington, Nth Island New Zealand | 03/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had to have this DVD.I'd never seen any of the extra footage on this disc before. It's a shame the Popside guitar mix is a little quiet but it's a great performance.The Swedish show is outstanding even if you only watch Jimi. I'm not sure why, maybe he forgot his guitar but Hendrix plays a white Gibson SG for two numbers, Red House and Sunshine of your Love. It's really interesting to watch Hendrix's face as he struggles with the new guitar. Constantly fiddling with volume and tone controls it's almost like he'd never played an SG before! Red House is a great version but it's blemished by Jimi's unfamiliarity with the instrument and his resulting frustration. But what an oppurtunity for fans! The look on his face! It's similar to Woodstock in many ways. A brilliant player who's having a bad day but occasionally shines.Occasionally shines? Okay, occasionally doesn't shine.The Dolly Dagger video is pretty cheesy. Some woman painted up like a hooker for some no-talent film makers. Watching Jimi step out of the ice is cool though.When oh when will they do the Hendrix catalog justice?"
Never before seen....GRRRRREAT!!!!
M. Im Flinkenberg | 02/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD blew me away. The footage from Sweden is incredible. If you like Hendrix like I do you'll love this DVD. The perfect addition to any collection of Hendrix music and videos. Buy it, you'll love it. Get experienced"