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HENDRIX, JIMI - DVD
FIVE YEARS: THE LEGEND OF HENDRIX 1965-1970

LABEL:
Seymour Vision SV-004/005
SOURCE:
Various TV Broadcasts, Proshot & 8mm
FORMAT:
2DVD (DVD-9 & Standard Capacity) + bonus CDR
RUNNING TIME:
207 minutes/ 112 minutes; CDR = 43:07 minutes
SOUND/SOURCE:
Various
PACKAGING:
Clear Double DVD Clamshell with Color Insert Art
 

Five Years: The Legend Of Jimi Hendrix 1965-1970 DVD front

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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 9
 

TRACK LIST:

DISC 1 (1965-1969):
1965
NASHVILLE TELEVISION intro Shotgun
1967
JANUARY 31, - PROMO SHOT AT THE SAVILLE THEATER IN LONDON Hey Joe
MARCH 02, - BEAT CLUB / GERMAN TV AT THE MARQUEE CLUB IN LONDON Hey Joe Purple Haze
MARCH 07, - TIENERGKAGER / BRT TV IN WATERLOO, BELGIUM Stone Free Hey Joe
MARCH 30, - TOP PF THE POPS / BBC TV Purple Haze
APRIL 17 - LATE NIGHT LINE UP / BBC TV, LONDON Manic Depression
MAY 11 - MUSIC HALL OF FRANCE / FRENCH TV Wild Thing
MAY 18 - BEAT BEAT BEAT / GERMAN TV, OFFENBACH STADHALLE, FRANKFURT Stone Free Hey Joe Purple Haze
AUGUST - SALVATION CLUB, NEW YORK (EXCERPTS) The Wind Cries Mary Purple Haze DEMONSTRATION Hey Joe
AUGUST - COLOR PROMOTIONAL FILM REBROADCAST IN EDITED FORM Foxy Lady 16mm) Steppin' Stone Fire
OCTOBER 09 - L'OLYMPIA IN PARIS, FRANCE FROM SOUNDS OF THE CITY Wild Thing
OCTOBER 10 - DIM DAM DOM '68 FROM FRANCH TV Burning of the Midnight Lamp The Wind Cries Mary Burning of the Midnight Lamp
DECEMBER 22 - OLYMPIA IN LONDON, ENGLAND FROM WATCH OUT FOR YOUR EARS Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Foxy Lady Wild Thing
1968
MARCH 15 - CLARK UNIVERSITY, WORCESTER, MASS Wild Thing
MAY 30 - HALLENSTADION IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (silent 8mm color film shots)
JUNE 05 - IT MUST BE DUSTY / AVT TV IN LONDON Mockingbird (from 8mm film)@
AUGUST 23 - SINGER BOWL IN FLUSHING MEADOW, QUEENS, NY (from 8mm film with sound) intro Are You Experienced Hey Joe Wild Thing - Star Spangled Bunner Fire
JAPAN TV PROMO PRIMARILY SHOT AT SUNSET HIGHLAND STUDIOS IN LOS ANGELES All Along the Watchtower
1969
JANUARY 04 - HAPPENING FOR LULY / BBC TV Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Hey Joe Sunshine of Your Love@
JANUARY 07 - THROUGH THE EYES OF TOMORROW / CBC TV Interview with The Experience by Hugh Curry at Jimi's Brook Street Apartment
JANUARY 09 - KONSERTHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (First Show taped by Sveriges TV) intro Killing Floor Spanish Castle Magic Fire Hey Joe Voodoo Child (Slight Return)@Red House Sunshine of Your Love
APRIL 26 - LOS ANGELES FORUM (8mm silent footage with another sound)
MAY 25 - SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, SAN JOSE, CA (16mm silent)
SEPTEMBER 05 - PRESS CONFERENCE FOR UNITED BLACK ASSOC, NEW YOUR CITY
DECEMBER 31 - FILLMORE EAST, NEW YORK CITY, SECOND SHOW (from 16mm) Steppin' Stone Fire


DISC 2 (1970):
1970
JANUARY 01 - FILLMORE EAST, NEW YORK CITY intro Who Knows Machine Gun Them Changes Power of Soul Steppin' Stone Foxy Lady Stop
JUNE 22 - NEWPORT POP FESTIVAL (from 16mm)
JUNE 29 - DENVER POP FESTIVAL (8mm silent footage)
JULY 07 - DICK CAVETT SHOW / ABC TV intro Hear My Train A Comin'
SEPTEMBER 08 - DICK CAVETT SHOW / ABC TV intro Izabella Machine Gun Interview
JUNE 13 - BALTIMORE CIVIC ARENA (8mm silent footage)
JULY 17 - RANDALL'S ISLAND FESTIVAL intro Foxy Lady
AUGUST 01 - H.I.C ARENA IN HONOLULU (silent footage)
SEPTEMBER 18 - DEATH REPORTS ABC TV CBS TV

BONUS CDR: MESSAGE TO LOVE SESSIONS, RECORD PLANT - NEW YORK, DECEMBER 1969

 
REVIEW:

This is really a great set, and also a tale of 2 discs.   What that means is that the first 3-and-a-half hours featured on disc 1 seem painstakingly compiled and really provide the heart of the matter here.  From the Curtis Knight performance of "Shotgun" sourced here from Nashville TV, through to the familiar Fillmore East black & white footage from New Year's Eve 1969/70 it seems like a pretty cohesive flow of this historical footage.  The quality of the sources is fairly consistent, amazingly enough, sans a couple of the '67 French and German clips.  Many of these I hadn't seen before, which was fun.  Very solid to this point.

DVD 2 covers the year 1970 and starts with the continuation of the New Year's morning Jams from the Fillmore East in quality fashion but with some tracking fluctuation that we caught glimpses of at the end of disc 1 but not really much of an issue.  This is where the experience, no pun intended, seems to start wavering a bit.  It has mostly to do with "flow" and rhythm of the material rather than the quality of what is presented.  There is a series of rare 16mm and 8mm footage featured from Newport and Denver Pop Fests, with a rather poor quality sequence of Dick Cavett Show TV footage sandwiched in between those and the balance of the amateur but clear festival footage, and closing ABC-TV death reports from American TV.  The material here of course is no less important or enjoyable, it's just the make-up of the sources with some of it being silent that break up any momentum we had launching into this final installment.  Let's face it, with over 5 hours of viewing some it is going lose traction.  So, aside from the Dick Cavett Show segment - this compilation scores by utilizing the best sources that could be obtained with the material presented.  Not sure why the label couldn't locate a decent source for this obviously common show - it was even released officially!  Anyway, there are some very interesting points for both the connosiour and casual fans alike.

Seymour Vision utilizes some attractive artwork/imagery for the package with fairly detailed notes for the tracklisting on the back cover.  Inside there is sort of a charted inventory of Jimi's performing equipment and set up.  As we seem to see alot these days with Japanese releases, Seymour Vision offers a bonus CDR with the first 100 copies, which contains 1969 Message To Love Sessions from the Band Of Gypsies line-up recorded in December of '69 at The Record Plant in New York.  The soundboard quality is  superb and a nice bonus at that!  I placed this DVD at #5 in my Top 10 List of Bootleg DVD releases for 2006.  Highly recommended, seek it out.


I think the reason that they couldn't upgrade some of the common sources is because this is a direct copy of the well known Whoopy Cat vhs videotape series "Ultimate Experience" Vol. 1,2 and 3. The sequence is exactly the same, so the work was done by the legendary Mr. Cat, not Mr. Seymour. Sorry mate.
Comment by Shroomy wrote on 2007-01-01 08:40:53

Hey, that's the beauty of this forum! I was not privy to the Whoopy Cat production and it makes perfect sense. Excellent info and thanks for chiming in Shroomy. All the painstakingly compiling praise thus gets transferred to "Mr. Cat" instead! We'll just tip the hat to Mr. Seymour for the digital transfer, as it works to the benefit of collectors anyway. I'll update this info in the Top 10 also for proper kudos.
Comment by Svengi wrote on 2007-01-01 15:50:05


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