Most Hendrix fans know of his performances with the Band Of Gypsys at the Filmore East, on Dec. 31/69 and Jan. 1/70. This CD however comes from a time earlier, featuring the JHE at the Filmore, May 10, 1968.
The band at this point was solid, and performances often featured extended jams on songs, especially the blues numbers such as Red House. This CD is no exception. A 15+ minute Red House kicks some serious ass here.
As does an extended Hey Joe, and Sunshine Of Your Love/Getting My Heart Back Together Again medley. Bob Dylan's Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window makes a rare appearance, and the concert closes with the always great Purple Haze.
Apparently after Purple Haze, there was a opening chord played of Wild Thing, but it's not here. Jimi didn't play the song, but it would have made for a nice complete package for it to be included. But that's nit-picking :)
It's a good release that can be picked at for it's minor points only. Two tracks from other concerts have been included with this disc to fill it out. Are You Experienced comes from Davenport 68, and I Don't Live Today from the San Jose Pop Festival.
Don't really belong here, but again, when all you have is little things like that to pick on, you must have a good release. And with this one, you do.
Besides, what the hell am I doing complaining about too much Hendrix? :) I only have one other Luna release in my collection (Broadcasts), but based on these 2 releases, they sure seem to have a grasp on what makes for a good release.
Sound quality is a bit hollow on the voices, but the music is much clearer sounding. A very good quality recording, and a very nice addition to any collection.
- Here Comes Your Lover Man 4:08
- Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire 3:19
- Foxy Lady 5:06
- Red House 15:12
- Hey Joe 7:05
- Sunshine Of Your Love/Getting My Heart Back Together Again 9:19
- Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window 2:58
- Purple Haze 6:10
- Are You Experienced 8:52 (recorded Davenport, Iowa 09/11/68)
- I Don't Live Today 7:05 (recorded at the San Jose Pop Festival 05/25/69)
Catalog #: Luna LU 9420