DVD ONE: Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock — 1. Message To Love — 2. Spanish Castle Magic — 3. Red House — 4. Lover Man — 5. Foxey Lady — 6. Jam Back At The House — 7. Izabella — 8. Fire — 9. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) — 10. Star Sp... more »angled Banner
11. Purple Haze
12. Woodstock Improvisation
13. Villanova Junction
14. Hey Joe
15. The Road To Woodstock: New documentary directed by Bob Smeaton featuring new interviews with Hendrix band members Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Juma Sultan, and Larry Lee, engineer Eddie Kramer, and Woodstock promoter Michael Lang among others. DISC TWO: Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock: A Second Look
1. Message To Love
2. Hear My Train A Comin?
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Red House
5. Lover Man
6. Foxey Lady
7. Jam Back At The House
10. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
11. Star Spangled Banner
12. Purple Haze
13. Woodstock Improvisation
14. Villanova Junction
15. Hey Joe
16. Jimi Hendrix Press Conference: Color film footage of never before seen Jimi Hendrix press conference held September 3, 1969 at Frank?s Restaurant in Harlem. Hendrix answers questions about his Woodstock festival performance, his rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" and the festival?s cultural impact.« less
Finally! All Jimi Hendrix Woodstock Footage Released!
Kent D. Bentkowski | Buffalo, New York USA | 09/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1999, when Experience Hendrix (the family company that now controls Jimi's legacy) released the DVD entitled 'Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock,' they claimed that the contents of that DVD was all that remained of one of the most important musical historical documents of all time. Woodstock was a cultural moment, and Jimi Hendrix played the most important role of that moment. EH claimed that the unused footage was thrown out. I said at the time that it was untrue, as that wasn't the type of thing that anyone would have thrown out.
Happily, about that I was correct, because in the 2-DVD set entitled 'JImi Hendrix Live at Woodstock,' all of the remaining unused footage has now been released, and incorporated into the pre-existing footage.
This 2-DVD set contains the MOST of the performance that Jimi played as the headliner of the Woodstock festival, as compared to the double CD released, the only song missing on this DVD is Hear My Train A Comin'. This is because the complete song was never filmed, but it can be found on DVD 2, where the song has been augmented with backstage and audience footage taken of portions of the performance.
The reason why the entire performance was not filmed is further explained in the booklet included in the DVD package, which was once again designed by the wonderful and talented Smay Vision graphic design firm, who oversees all of the packaging design for all Experience Hendrix releases.
The BEST PART about this new 2-DVD release is the second disc. Entitled 'A Second Look,' this incorporates black-and-white video footage shot by then 22 year-old Albert Goodman, who had used one of the very first SONY CV open-reel 1/2-inch videotape units. This 'Second Look' incorporates Goodman's footage, which provides further insight into how the audience was influenced by the music of Hendrix's new group 'Gypsy Sun & Rainbows.'
The booklet features a new essay by Hendrix historian John McDermott, and also features reproductions of the three-day Woodstock ticket, Jimi's handwritten set list, as well as Jimi's 'unfinished rough-sketch of Woodstock festival,' the evocative 500,000 Halos poem, which can also be found in the hardcover book 'Jimi Hendrix: The Lyrics.'
I give this DVD my highest recommendation, as it was an incredibly important moment in all of music history, now expanded and given the respect it has always deserved."
Finally it is all there
Edward C. Barile | Massachusetts | 09/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A few years ago, I reviewed the Hendrix Woodstock DVD released, I think in 99. I thought mistakenly at the time that it was complete. I had to retract that statement. Now the Hendrix family has released the full performance, or at least everything that exists on film on his performance at that landmark Woodstock festival. There are 2 DVDs, one with the complete filmed version, that the promoters were able to get on such short notice. This is the completion of what we already had. The second DVD is an actual taped real time video that someone had taken with a camera and kept for 35 years until the family got him to release it with this set. Now everything Hendrix did that was recorded is available.
The quality of the first (filmed) DVD is fine, that of the second is spotty (it was mostly in black and white) supplemented with clips from the filmed version where the video had dropouts. The video version has the only clip of "Hear my Train Coming" - the film guys were reloading at that time.
This is of great historical value, and all Hendrix fans will want to own it, simply because it has the whole thing.
Of course I never get tired of watching Hendrix play his music. Watching him play the guitar is as good as listening to him, because his visual performance is a separate entertainment in its own right.
I highly recommend this. "
Hendrix as we've never seen him
twangmon | Nashville, TN USA | 11/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For Hendrix freaks, it doesn't get much better that this two-DVD set. Now for the first time, we can see Hendrix's entire Woodstock performance -- 14 songs delivered in their original sequence -- with the six-piece Gypsy Sun & Rainbows. Released in 1999, the original single-disc Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock offered an hour's worth of highlights from the show, but not the whole enchilada.
Yet there's more: The feature movie on disc 1 has been painstakingly re-edited with new camera angles, and expanded to 80 minutes with recent interviews. Those who worked closely with Hendrix -- bandmates Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, and Billy Cox; Gypsy Sun & Rainbows second guitarist Larry Lee and percussionist Juma Sultan; engineer Eddie Kramer; and assorted managers and promoters -- all have their say about his legacy.
In a way, disc 2 is even more amazing. A 22-year-old college student managed to smuggle a clunky, tripod-mounted video camera onstage and shoot the whole show from the musician's perspective. In this footage, we watch Hendrix joking and giving directions to the band as if we were standing next to Cox and Lee, and we hear Hendrix's raps, most of which are missing from the film edition. Amazingly, this video also contains seven minutes of music -- a bluesy jam of "Hear My Train a Comin'" -- the official film crew missed.
By today's standards, the black-and-white video images are primitive, but the intimacy of this footage makes it priceless. Where the videotape runs into technical trouble, the editors have substituted 16mm film clips -- always perfectly in sync with the music and often providing alternative angles to those in the main film. Essentially, we get two views of Hendrix's spellbinding performance: a full-color, carefully edited, multi-camera edition, shot primarily from the front of the stage, plus a grainy, black-and-white cinéma vérité version shot from behind.
Disc 2 also includes three mini-documentaries. In a press conference in Harlem, held shortly after Woodstock, we watch a mellow Hendrix respond to questions from the uptight press regarding politics, drugs, and society. Cox and Lee recall the times they spent playing in clubs with Hendrix in the Nashville area, and we see a handful of photos from this period. Finally, Kramer describes in detail how he dealt with the technical challenges of recording Hendrix at Woodstock. A cool booklet with Hendrix's handwritten set list and poetry, stage photos, and a detailed essay on how the film crew captured the event completes the package. The expanded Live at Woodstock makes it perfectly clear why, decades after his death, Hendrix remains rock's most inventive and magical guitarist."
Audio is not as good as the 1999 Edition!
H. M Rivera | Carolina, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico | 10/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While I share all the other reviewers thumbs-up on this re-issue, I did notice that the stereo audio track was somewhat different from the 1999 truncated (i.e. edited down to 50 minutes) DVD version. I did some A-B testing with 2 DVD players and lo and behold this is what I found: While both versions of the stereo audio track were mixed by Eddie Kramer, the 1999 Dolby Stereo soundtrack is mastered at 448 kbps, while the 2005 is at 198 kbps. The result is that the 1999 version has less compression and more dynamic range and headroom. It does make a big difference when you play them side by side! I guess they had to do this in the 2005 version to accomodate the longer playing time and the 5.1 soundtracks, which the 1999 version did not have. I guess I'll have to keep both versions."
For guitarists, this is a religious experience
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 04/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I started playing guitar when I was 8. I got into Hendrix when I was 13. I was born in 1971, so Jimi had already died by the time I was born. Fortunately his music lives on for everyone and this may be the crown jewel of his career.
When I first bought the DVD I couldn't believe I actually had this footage in my hands. I mean this was the legendary Woodstock Concert of 1969. This much footage of Jimi was not supposed to exist. Much like Indiana Jones, I felt as if I was holding the Arc or the Holy Grail for the first time.
Before popping in the DVD I read the booklet that came with it. The story behind the filming of Hendrix is reading entertainment in itself. A deal to film the concert was landed just two days prior to the show. The crew had little time to prepare. Also if the crew had not decided to reload their cameras at the time they did, the 'Star Spangled Banner' would have been a moment in time lost. They got the film rolling again just in time.
In the meantime, little did anyone know, that a college student snuck up on stage with a video camera. We smuggled his equipment on stage by walking behind a roadie carrying a guitar. As soon as he was set up everyone left him alone because he was thought to be part of the film crew. Disc 2 of this double DVD is his footage. The story goes the young man hitch-hiked out of Woodstock after the show only to be picked up by a truck driver who knew where Jimi was staying. The young student visited Jimi and showed him the footage. Jimi enjoyed it. This film has not been seen since. Stored away, locked away for almost 35 years.
If you are a guitar player, this is a must see event. What Jimi could do with a guitar was no short of amazing. Eric Clapton and Pete Townsend were terrified of him, and rightly so. Jimi commanded the Woodstock stage and was in total control of the wall of sound he blasted out onto the muddy farmland. It was his show and everyone knew it. The setlist was awesome. My personal favorite is Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). He was the master of the wah pedal. Maybe this performance was not as spectacular as the Monterey Show, but Jimi didn't have anything to prove this time around.
Hendrix fans like myself will find themselves pulling this off the shelf and popping it in the player often. Jimi may be gone, but what he left us will last forever. Hendrix rules."