Jimi Hendrix - Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival

By now you must have heard one of the multitude of releases from Jimi Hendrix estate. As well as the official albums remastered and extended there have been live albums. Back in the day they’d have been bootlegs and you’d have got them from a fella on the market, nowadays the commercialism of music means they’re deemed fit for release. The latest from the seemingly endless supply of “unheard” tracks from the funk-blues-rock master is his historic performance Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival.

Recorded just ten weeks before his death, the show has most of his best known tracks and is bottom heavy with them: ‘All Along The Watchtower’, ‘Hey Joe’, ‘Purple Haze’, and on. The sound quality isn’t great and it’s tough to decipher Hendrix's words at times. Despite the loose-ish approach of the main man and his band, this is another example of one of the world's greatest ever guitar talents outside of the album environment. A near ten minute ‘Hear My Train A Comin’’ delivers the sort of jamming you hope to hear. Forgetting the historic nature of the show there are better Hendrix live records available, making this one for the completists.


Too much Jimi isn't always a good thing.


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