Watch Crystal-Clear Footage of a Vintage Jimi Hendrix Concert from 1969

Watch Crystal-Clear Footage of a Vintage Jimi Hendrix Concert from 1969

Sometimes, the internet is used for good — and this is definitely one of those times: A previously “lost” concert tape of the legendary Jimi Hendrix performing in Stockholm, Sweden at Konserthuset in 1969 was uploaded to YouTube a few months ago … and it looks fantastic. (Thanks to Laughing Squid for bringing this to folks’ attention).

We’re talking 50 years ago, so you might expect video quality of such a performance to be warbled, or at least negatively affected over the course of the five decades since the concert took place, but that’s not the case here.

A Swedish television station found the tape in the early 2000s before it was to be erased for purposes of space-saving, and since then it’s been digitally remastered and the result is a real treat. Rarely has there been live footage this clear of the iconic guitar legend.

In the clip, Jimi Hendrix and his band (Noel Redding on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums) play seven songs:

1 “Killing Floor”

2″ Spanish Castle Magic”

3 “Fire”

4 “Hey Joe”

5 “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”

6 “Red House”

7 “Sunshine Of Your Love”

And there are two bonus performances tacked on to the end, of “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Purple Haze” from 1967.


That’s just great, isn’t it?

One Response to "Watch Crystal-Clear Footage of a Vintage Jimi Hendrix Concert from 1969"

  1. styxnewman   September 14, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    This was clearly an unhappy night onstage for Jimi and, of course, there were many of those during the last two years of his life, some of them captured on film. His sour mood could translate into contempt for the audience (here, after he informs them that the band is out of shape and that they’re just going to jam, only half off-mic he adds “You won’t know the difference anyway”.) And, in this case, his frustrations result in half-hearted, tired, non-commital playing. Even low-octane Hendrix is more powerful and passionate than most other guitarists, and he does tear off some ferocious licks and do some harmonically exploratory playing, particularly on Spanish Castle Magic. But even there his guitar is too low in the mix and doesn’t cut far enough past Noel Redding’s monstrous bass sound. His usually fiery attack on Voodoo Child is missing, instead his solos are lackadaisical, igniting briefly at the end only to abruptly end. Jimi’s playful, showboating side is nowhere to be found in his demeanor here. He looks like a man who is being overwhelmed by the pressures of fame and success and who seems to know intuitively that he is not long for this world (as was reflected in so many of his lyrics).This show has some documentary value for scholarly fans but anyone new to Hendrix or who wants to hear him at his most exciting, even joyful, should look elsewhere.


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