'Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church, 1970'
(Jimi Hendrix Experience / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Experience Hendrix)
Overview: This special presentation of 'Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church' presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest US audience of his career.
Blu ray Verdict: This critically acclaimed film, 'Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church, Atlanta Pop Festival, July 4th, 1970' combines color, 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix's unforgettable Fourth of July concert in its original performance sequence for the first time ever.
It comes together with a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the unrelenting toll of the Vietnam War and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival.
For those wishing for a tad bit of background, James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.
Sadly, come September 18th of this very same year, 1970, the great Jimi Hendrix would die. Yep, arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music, Hendrix's accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18th, 1970, at the age of just 27 rocked the world at the time; and still does today, when you look back at his majestical guitar playing skills.
The film details Hendrix's integral role in drawing nearly 500,000 people to his Electric Church - a dusty, scorching hot pecan orchard in Byron, Georgia some 100 miles south of Atlanta. Together with Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox, Jimi skillfully blended favorites such as "Purple Haze," "All Along The Watchtower," and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" with confident renditions of new songs such as "Stone Free" and "Straight Ahead" that had not yet been released on album. As a colorful fireworks display stretched overhead across the night sky, Jimi performed the "Star Spangled Banner" to the wild delight of the massive audience.
If you weren't there that night, well, now you get to relive it here on crystal clear Blu-ray. More than that, the performance footage of the Experience has been carefully restored from the original negative in high definition. The audio soundtrack includes stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Eddie Kramer directly from the original master tapes. It really couldn't get any better than this, my friends
Oh, but wait, for it actually can! This expanded Blu-ray also features three songs NOT seen in the television broadcast! Those tracks include, "Red House," "Freedom" and a special presentation of "Room Full Of Mirrors" that features all of the existing performance footage combined with never before seen photographs of the Atlanta performance. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.