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    Subject: Re: Disappointment
    Date: May 16, 2003
    Sender: The AxisPrevious | Next

    Berkeley hasn't had a release, as frankly, it was rather badly filmed. As you've probably seen from the video version, the cameraman for some reason prefered to concentrate on close-up face shots...which is most frustrating when you want to see Hendrix actaully playing the guitar!

    Also, I believe that though the concert was filmed in it's entirety, all that's left now is the same footage avaialble on the video.

    A DVD Berkeley would just be a DVD version of the version that's already available on video. It's a damn shame the performances weren't filmed in the same professional manner as Blue Wild Angel, as msucially they FAR surpass the decidedly dodgy Isle Of Wight gig.

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    Disappointment

    As a diehard Hendrix fan, I cannot wait to see the film of "Blue Wild Angel". However, I am disappointed that his stepsister and her band of power-brokers, in their wisdom, came to the decision to release the Isle of Wight concert rather than the far superior Berkeley concerts from 30th May. It is a fact that both of these scintillating shows were filmed, so I have no idea why the hell they still have not been released.

    Reviewers on some websites I have looked at have said that at the Isle of Wight, Jimi was "at his peak". This is utter nonsense. On the Berkeley concerts, Hendrix WAS at his peak (by comparison, he was barely climbing out of a trough at the Isle of Wight, even though his troughs were far greater than most people's peaks).

    The fact that Hendrix had spent virtually 24 hours a day during August - from the moment he had finished the Cry of Love tour - in Electric Lady Studios working ion "First Rays of the New Rising Sun", and was feeling tired and run down, shows through clearly in any footage I have ever seen of the Isle of Wight. At Berkeley, he was in supreme command of the guitar, and - to quote from the excellent biography, "Electric Gypsy" by Harry Shapiro and Caesar Glebbeek - the overall effect of Hendrix's guitar-playing, Cox's bass-playing, and Mitchell's drumming, was "symphonic".

    I stress that I have not yet seen the latest Isle of Wight film, so I shall reserve any further comment. I am sure that it will be better than the Band of Gypsys film which, although containing some excellent material, was marred for me by the director's placing of a Lenny Kravitz interview over the legendary solo in Machine Gun.






    Comment index:

  • Wild Blue Angel   from Andre Ellis, Nov 19, 2001
  • amazing   from Todd Katz, Aug 28, 2002
  • Blue Wild Angel Travesty   from Alex Smith, Oct 30, 2002
  • Re: Blue Wild Angel Travesty   from Rich, Nov 7, 2002
  • Disappointment   from Stewart Spaull, Nov 15, 2002
  • Re: Disappointment   from Jesse Pearson, Dec 16, 2002
  • Re: Disappointment   from Frank from India, Jun 9, 2004
  • » Re: Disappointment «   from The Axis, May 16, 2003
  • Re: Disappointment   from Stewart Spaull, Feb 14, 2004
  • Re: Disappointment   from arroyo, Jun 21, 2004
  • Re: Disappointment   from Alfred Millikan, Jun 26, 2006
  • [no subject]   from enage><br> E-mail, Sep 28, 2003
  • Great Guitar   from Glenn, Nov 2, 2006
  • Wild Blue Angel   from Andre Ellis, Nov 19, 2001
  • amazing   from Todd Katz, Aug 28, 2002
  • Blue Wild Angel Travesty   from Alex Smith, Oct 30, 2002
  • Re: Blue Wild Angel Travesty   from Rich, Nov 7, 2002
  • Disappointment   from Stewart Spaull, Nov 15, 2002
  • Re: Disappointment   from Jesse Pearson, Dec 16, 2002
  • Re: Disappointment   from Frank from India, Jun 9, 2004
  • » Re: Disappointment «   from The Axis, May 16, 2003
  • Re: Disappointment   from Stewart Spaull, Feb 14, 2004
  • Re: Disappointment   from arroyo, Jun 21, 2004
  • Re: Disappointment   from Alfred Millikan, Jun 26, 2006
  • [no subject]   from enage><br> E-mail, Sep 28, 2003
  • Great Guitar   from Glenn, Nov 2, 2006