Blue Wild Angel Live at the Isle of Wight captures the last UK live performance by Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 31, 1970. He died a few weeks later.
This concert is available in different forms – as a DVD and either a highlights CD or the full concert so be careful that you buy the one that you want.
Jimi Hendrix Wild Blue Angel
- God Save the Queen – 3:54 (Highlights )
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 0:49 (Highlights )
- Spanish Castle Magic – 5:09 (Highlights – Axis Bold as Love)
- All Along the Watchtower – 5:39 (Highlights – Electric Ladyland)
- Machine Gun – 22:10 (Highlights (edited) – Band of Gypsys)
- Lover Man – 2:58 (Highlights – studio version finally appears on Valleys of Neptune)
- Freedom – 4:36 (Highlights – The Cry of Love / First Rays of the New Rising Sun)
- Red House – 11:36 (Highlights Are You Experienced)
- Dolly Dagger – 6:01 (Highlights – The Cry of Love / First Rays of the New Rising Sun)
- Midnight Lightning – 6:23 (Midnight Lightning)
- Foxy Lady – 9:11 ( Are You Experienced)
- Message to Love – 6:23 (Band of Gypsys)
- Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) – 6:58 (First Rays of the New Rising Sun)
- Ezy Ryder – 4:34 (The Cry of Love / First Rays of the New Rising Sun)
- Hey Joe – 4:32 (single added to Are You Experienced)
- Purple Haze – 3:31 (single added to Are You Experienced)
- Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – 8:16 (Electric Ladyland)
- In From the Storm – 6:14 (Highlights – The Cry of Love / First Rays of the New Rising Sun)
This is a great set list from Jimi Hendrix, playing some of his biggest hits and previewing the songs that he was working on just before he died which were first released on The Cry of Love and more properly on First Rays of the New Rising Sun.
The selection of the favourites CD appears random, picking the 9 tracks from CD1 and the last one from CD2. It doesn’t do a good job of focusing on either the well known songs or the new ones. However there are serious quality issues in the middle of the gig where Hendrix loses his way and his guitar goes out of tune.
Backing Jimi Hendrix at this gig were:
- Mitch Mitchell – drums (from the Jimi Hendrix Experience)
- Billy Cox – bass guitar (from the Band of Gypsys)
It seems wrong to criticise the performance with his death so close which turned his performance at the Isle of Wight Festival into important history.
But this isn’t Jimi Hendrix at his most inspired. I’ve read reports that Rory Gallagher and Taste put in a more compelling performance. Hendrix had been ill and finished up performing at about 3:00 am instead of his scheduled 11:00 pm so no wonder he was tired and not very enthusiastic.
There were also sound problems when the security systems messed with Hendrix sound system and messages come through the amplifiers. There are a number of drum solos in this recording to give the technicians a chance to fix the problem.
Here is a video of Jimi Hendrix performing live in concert at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.
All Along The Watchtower
Overall Thoughts On Wild Blue Angel
If you want a Jimi Hendrix live album, then Wild Blue Angel isn’t the place to start. Check out Live At Monterey from 1967 or Band Of Gypsys for the well know Hendrix live albums that critics rave about.
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