Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jimi Hendrix Isle Of Wight concert coming to Blu-ray

“Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight” will be issued for the first time on Blu-ray on June 17.

Originally released in 2002, the film documents the guitar icon’s August 1970 performance before an audience of 600,000, the largest show attendance-wise he would ever play … just 18 days before his untimely death in London.

England’s Isle of Wight Festival, which had its original run from 1968 to 1970, could be considered the Woodstock of Europe, and it provided the perfect setting for Hendrix’s return to the country that birthed his career, after an 18-month hiatus. This was the first time his new band, consisting of bassist Billy Cox and original drummer Mitch Mitchell, performed on UK soil.

In depth interviews with Cox, Mitchell, and others set the stage for the concert footage that follows.

The Blu-ray version of "Blue Wild Angel" contains all of the outstanding extra features included in the DVD, such as footage of “Hey Joe,” which was not in the original release, a behind the scenes interview with Murray Lerner, rare artifacts and memorabilia, including reproductions of original tickets, festival posters, and even Hendrix’s own handwritten directions to the festival site.

Lerner’s multiple cameras present Hendrix’s distinctive guitar playing onstage like no other film, and like the DVD, the Blu-ray version allows for simultaneous viewing of multiple camera angles – expanded to include “God Save The Queen,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Spanish Castle Magic,” All Along The Watchtower, “Machine Gun,” “Red House,” “Foxey Lady,” and “In From The Storm.”

The project features both a stereo and 5.1 audio surround soundtrack mixed by Hendrix’s original recording engineer Eddie Kramer.

Jimi Hendrix
“Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle of Wight”

Blu-ray release date: June 17

‘God Save The Queen’
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
‘Spanish Castle Magic’
‘All Along The Watchtower’
‘Machine Gun’
‘Lover Man’
‘Red House’
‘Dolly Dagger’
‘Foxey Lady’
‘Message To Love’
‘Ezy Rider’
‘Purple Haze’
‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’
‘In From The Storm’

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