Not the most famous Hendrix concert, but maybe the best
Captain Coconut | Vienna, Austria | 07/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...at least of those that were recorded in such a brilliant audio-quality.
I know, it's not Woodstock or Monterey, but I hardly know any other live recording of the Experience, where Jimi, Mitch, and Noel are merging so perfectly into one deep, rich unit of sound. It all fits together.
As mentioned before, all the "hits" like "Foxy Lady", "Purple Haze", or "Hey Joe" that Jimi soon got tired to play, are sounding extremely vivid on this recording.
It's hard to point out some of the songs in particular, but what makes that record especially so extraordinary to me is:
the only life version of "Manic depression" (at least I've never heard any other in that quality),
a superb "Spanish castle magic",
an incredible great "Tax free"-Jam,
a version of "Killing floor" different to all the others you might know,
the best "Hey Joe" with a superb intro,
and maybe not the longest but for sure the heaviest "Wild thing" you can get.
P.S: It was my first Hendrix-record, that I bought when I was 13 years old, back in 1987.
One evening I heard the 4th side of the LP (Hey Joe, Purple Haze, Wild thing) on radio.
Until that evening I just knew the name Hendrix...it sounds stupid, but these 15 minutes of music changed my life. It was a crucial experience to me and it teached me what music -in its best moments- really is about."