What most of us know about Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock is his blistering, wild, rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” playedÂ in front ofÂ the dregs of an August 18th Monday morning crowd. In actual fact, there were still 25,000 in Max Yasgurâ€™s field–albeit a hell of a lot less thanÂ there were on theÂ weekend–and Hendrix, the highest paid act of the show, played a 16-song set, which appears in itâ€™s sequenced entirety on Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock.
Taking the stage with a wholly new band (Jimi had recently broken up the Experience at the Denver Pop Festival eight weeks earlier), Jimi gave a ragtag group a performance that was not too well rehearsedÂ and featuredÂ some loud rambling.
The first of these two discs feature a simple â€œHear My Train A Cominâ€™,â€ with Jimi and Mitch chunkinâ€™ along (to be fair the mix is pretty crappy here so we donâ€™t hear much more than drums, guitar and vocals through-out). â€œRed Houseâ€ isÂ pretty much as perfect as youâ€™d expect and â€œSpanish Castle Magicâ€ rolls along nicely. â€œJam Back At The Houseâ€ starts off well enough, but kinda breaks up into pure discord near the half-way mark.
The second disc features the aforementioned national anthem, a much too fast veresion of â€œFire,â€Â and a stupendous â€œPurple Haze,â€ â€œHey Joeâ€ and, what has got to be the highlight of both discs, â€œVoodoo Child (Slight Return).â€