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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 12:41 PM
....and could travel back in time would you rather have seen him at the Monterey Pop Festival or Woodstock? I just watched the Monterey Pop re-release last night and he looked so happy and played so great. I'd take Monterey myself. How 'bout you?


 
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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 12:56 PM
I saw him twice...once in Atlanta in the old Civic Center (I think) and at Byron when he came on about midnight on July 4th in a storm and played the Star Spangled Banner in front of 4 or 500,000 people. I like my Hendrix outside so I guess I'll take Byron. He was absolutely amazing.
 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 01:23 PM
I saw Jimi only once,in Memphis...if I had to choose from the above,it's be Monterey Pop,hand's down....I'm judging that opinion on the basis that at Woodstock...although he played a good set,IMO...I think he had some "dead weight" on stage w/him....the guy on Congas added nothing(could'nt even be heard)...& Larry lee (i think that's his name) did'nt add anything on 2nd guitar....Jimi had to spend too much time directing & showing him the chord changes to really play the way he could .....just my opinion...Jimi's my favorite musician,btw...



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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 01:26 PM
For me i would have to say Woodstock.Because in the full length Hendrix performance dvd his playing seems way more passionate!
 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 01:49 PM
Hands down, Isle of Wight.

Of course I probably would've left after Rory Gallagher recieved FIVE encores!!!

 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 02:23 PM
Down in Monterey. I've seen the Woodstock footage and don't like that much rain.

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 02:26 PM
If it were just to see the Jimi part of the show I would choose Monterey. If it was for all the acts I would choose Woodstock. The rendition of 'Like A Rolling Stone' at Monterey is classic stuff.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 03:04 PM
I would pick Monterey. His playing was spot on, it was his very first concert in the US with the Experience and I - for one - like the original Experience line-up better than the other iterations of his bands.

Check out YouTube for the opening number at Monterey - Killing Floor. 40 years later and it still gives me chills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA38TWQ0d-s

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 04:35 PM
Monterey for me too. When he was with Experience they just pushed themselves to the limit.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 04:38 PM
Wait till you see the Royal Albert Hall dvd.
 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 05:26 PM
I've seen Royal Albert Hall, Isle Of Wight and the Band Of Gypsys stuff and I'm still sticking with Monterey.
 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 05:44 PM
I easily go with the Band Of Gypsies New years night gig. I love the original band as well, but Buddy and Billy were the funky sh*t, and Bill Graham challenged Jimi that night to quit the normal grinding and fire lighting schtick and show off his true virtuosity, and that is exactly what he did. It is also the Hendrix album I would pick if I had to choose one for a desert isle.

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 06:51 PM
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Hands down, Isle of Wight.

Of course I probably would've left after Rory Gallagher recieved FIVE encores!!!


The contemporary press in '70 did not think highly of Hendrix's Isle of Wight Set. Also they were rather harsh on The Doors' set the night before. However I listen to those sets and feel that they have definitely gotten better with age.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 06:51 PM
New wallpaper . . . check.

Thanks, jmorgs12, I like that.



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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 06:59 PM
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I easily go with the Band Of Gypsies New years night gig. I love the original band as well, but Buddy and Billy were the funky sh*t, and Bill Graham challenged Jimi that night to quit the normal grinding and fire lighting schtick and show off his true virtuosity, and that is exactly what he did. It is also the Hendrix album I would pick if I had to choose one for a desert isle.

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This is my choice. I was at the second night, late show, and he was all business is right. No schtick whatsoever.
This was clearly his best lineup also. We find out afterwards that this 3 day run at the Fillmore was performed to pay off contractual obligations of money owed by Jimi.
I guess that is why he was all business that weekend, but it worked out better I think.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 07:27 PM
I don't think Monterey was schtick... considering who he had to upstage that night just to make a dent. I'd say it was pure passion and confidence. At all the other shows mentioned he was already the king. At Monterey he was just a dude with a guitar... until the performance was over!
 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 08:11 PM
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I've seen Royal Albert Hall


I'm not talking about crappy bootlegs.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2007 at 08:27 PM
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I would pick Monterey. His playing was spot on, it was his very first concert in the US with the Experience and I - for one - like the original Experience line-up better than the other iterations of his bands.

Check out YouTube for the opening number at Monterey - Killing Floor. 40 years later and it still gives me chills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA38TWQ0d-s

Of course, if I could see Jimi anywhere it would be the thrill of a lifetime

Paul


Good Lord
After seeing that, I would say Monterey

 

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  posted on 10/28/2007 at 09:10 AM
Montery for me....I wouldn't have to ride so far
Canned Heat was at both places as well and played great too

 

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  posted on 10/28/2007 at 01:18 PM
woodstock
 

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  posted on 10/28/2007 at 03:04 PM
Once in a while I like to take a day trip out to Bethel New York and spend a few hours at the Woodstock site. One time I brought my CD player and all my Woodstock recordings (many bands' complete sets do circulate) and sat there listening like it was actually happening.

I even walked onto the grassy hill and sat for a while and listened to Sly & The Family Stone's set. That was a real cosmic experience!! About 30 minutes later, a hispanic guy who worked for Bethel Woods told me I had to get up and go because I wasn't allowed there.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2007 at 05:23 PM
Imagine if Hendrix had done a Monterey type performance at Woodstock at the actual time he was scheduled to appear! How much bigger would the legend be?
 

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 10:21 AM
I'd take San Diego 5/25/69. It has IMO the best Red House ever. Also friends of mine who were there related that for this gig in the San Diego Sports arena Jimi had a set of Marshalls up in the ceiling at the rear of the arena and using a pedal would occasionally pan from front to back making for unique and at times eerie effect.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 02:32 PM
Monterey. Killer set and the chance to also see Otis Redding!

 

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 09:00 PM
I'm watching Royal Albert Hall right now. This is my second fave all time. Although the film itself has some unforgiveable editing gaffes the song selection, style and performance is second only to Monterey.
 
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