Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Jimi Hendrix - 1968 - Winterland



"In 1968, Jimi Hendrix had just released what would be his strongest album as a producer and band leader. 'Electric Ladyland'. The evolution of his music was starting to move towards expressive sounds and colors that his current band didn't have the vision or experiences to extend and become one with. The flaming inferno that was Hendrix's soul was consuming the very thing that put him where he was. Due to this and relentless touring, relationships in the band were deteriorating. The band was progressing towards more complex and soulful material, the pyscadelia of the past year and a half was starting to transform back into the raw etheral state of when he was playing rhythm and blues rock and roll and soul. This, along with the sound experimenation he had culminated created some of the most honest pieces of art concieved. Songs like South Saturn Delta expressed his desire for jazz, while songs like midnight and hear my train a comin took him back to his strong roots in blues. So many of songs of this period reveal a bursting nucleus of energy, where every note transcends to very deep levels. This all resulted in multiple takes of music having to be commited to tape before progress would be made. No longer did Jimi have to rely on 4 track tape, his new capabilities in the recording was a big factor in this transition. More layers could be achieved, no longer did he have to settle on the first few takes. This had it's affect in the year of 1968, and these concerts are a testament to the transition of technically higher demanding music and a unit that was moving further and further apart as the tours and pressure to be stars and not musicians kept bulding up. These concerts represent Jimi Hendrix in a state of a musical crossroad. You can hear how outside Jimi really wanted to go from his radio sound, to truly be free of the gimmicks of smashing guitars and to just have the chance to wail away. Jimi's band The Experience, had been touring around much of the recorded material for 2 straight years, going on 3. This results in moments of ecstasy, and also confusion and lack luster energy. All of this culminates into 6 extremely interesting sets. You can hear Jimi pouring every fiber of his body into songs like red house and voodoo child, but some older songs feel like they had lost something. Highlights from the 3 nights include searing renditions of are you experienced, voodoo child, tax free, red house, one of the only sounboard versions of manic depression and so much more. Every set is Hendrix and the Experience at their best and their worst, music doesn't get more honest and raw than these 3 nights." ~ Erik Otis



DISC 1: 1ST SHOW (October 10)
1. Intro
2. Are You Experienced
3. Voodoo Child (slight return)
4. Red House
5. Foxy Lady
6. Like A Rolling Stone
7. Star Spangled Banner
8. Purple Haze / Outside Woman Blues

DISC 2: 2ND SHOW (October 10)
1. Intro
2. Tax Free
3. Lover Man
4. Sunshine Of Your Love
5. Hear My Train A Comin'
6. Killing Floor - with Jack Casady on bass
7. Hey Joe - with Jack Casady on bass
8. Star Spangled Banner
9. Purple Haze

DISC 3: 1ST SHOW (October 11)
1. Intro
2. Are You Experienced - with Virgil Gonsales on flute
3. Voodoo Child (slight return)
4. Red House
5. Foxy Lady
6. Star Spangled Banner
7. Purple Haze

DISC 4: 2ND SHOW (October 11)
1. Intro
2. Tax Free
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Like A Rolling Stone
5. Lover Man
6. Hey Joe
7. Fire
8. Foxy Lady
9. Purple Haze
Tracks 4-8: with Herbie Rich on organ

DISC 5: 1ST SHOW (October 12)
1. Intro
2. Fire
3. Lover Man
4. Like A Rolling Stone
5. Foxy Lady
6. Noel Redding / Mitch Mitchell jam
7. Tax Free
8. Hey Joe
9. Purple Haze
10. Wild Thing

DISC 6: 2ND SHOW (October 12)
1. Intro
2. Foxy Lady
3. Manic Depression
4. Sunshine Of Your Love
5. Little Wing
6. Spanish Castle Magic
7. Red House
8. Voodoo Child (slight return)
9. Star Spangled Banner
10. Purple Haze