Jimi Hendrix Experience / Chicago February 1968 / 1CDR

Jimi Hendrix Experience / Chicago February 1968 / 1DVDR / Non Label

Civic Opera House, Chicago,IL,USA February 1968.

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In conjunction with the release of this year’s 1968 Fillmore name source, Jimi Hendrix will release a 68-year live source for gift items. While this was May, this is an audience album that recorded a live performance in Chicago on February 25. Compared to Fillmore, which boasted astounding clearness as a 68-year audience recording, such as the balance of the performance, this one is more full of vintage audience and analog.
Of course, it is not a kind of roar such as Jimi’s vocals being overwhelmed by the performance of his own guitar or experience even though it is vintage (not at all!), Jimi’s best filled with confidence as in the first half of 1968 with a reasonable sense of distance It is a gift to enjoy the performance of

It is probably for the tape saving, but it is the minus point that it is curky and cut between all songs, but catches the performance well except the last two songs. Unbelievably good at “Like A Rolling Stone” that cut is frequent and the same song is not recorded, and “Purple Haze” has finished recording on the way. It is a fact that it has become a gift treatment because of that, but the enthusiasts must listen to the valuable content and the content of the fulfillment that is even more than this cut.
Even though it is 68 years, I wonder whether the set list that still leaves the pattern of the previous year is valuable. It is valuable just to prove that “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Manic Depression” still remain in the repertoire at this time, but “I Don’t Live Today” The added repertoire, but still less improvisation, and it’s fresh to play compactly.
Also, like Philmore, Bob Dylan’s “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” Is shown, and live performances and sound sources other than the same BBC radio are unexpectedly valuable.
And whatever you say, the music is great. From the opening “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” to “Fire”, the contrast of “The Wind Cries Mary”, full of tenderness, has been heard from the place where it has been super high tension in a row from the super high tension, and the bird skin stands level. The audience who was up until then calms down at once, and it is transmitted to the state that it is listening to. I am impressed by this. Please try out the hidden performances with this gift!


おそらくはテープ節約のためでしょう、すべての曲間がキュルキュルとカットされているのがマイナスポイントですが、終盤二曲以外は演奏もしっかり捉えている。惜しむらくは「Like A Rolling Stone」でそのカットが頻発して同曲が収録されてないも同然、さらに「Purple Haze」は途中で録音が終わってしまいました。そのせいでギフト扱いとなってしまったのは事実なのですが、このカットを差し置いても余りある貴重な内容と充実の演奏内容はマニア必聴。
何とっても68年でありながら、まだ前年のパターンを色濃く残したセットリストが貴重かと。この時点で未だに「The Wind Cries Mary」や「Manic Depression」がレパートリーに残っているということを証明してくれているだけでも貴重ですが、一方で「I Don’t Live Today」はこの年から加わったレパートリー、それでいてまだインプロヴィゼーションも少なめ、かつコンパクトに演奏しているのが逆に新鮮。
またフィルモアと同じようにボブ・ディランの「Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?」を披露していて、同曲BBCラジオ以外でのライブ演奏や音源というのは意外に貴重です。
そして何と言っても演奏が素晴らしい。オープニングの「Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band」から「Fire」まで立て続けに超ハイテンションでかましたところから一転して優しさに溢れた「The Wind Cries Mary」のコントラストは聞いていて鳥肌が立つレベル。それまで盛り上がっていたオーディエンスが一気に静まり返って聞き入っている様子までも伝わってくるほど。これには感動します。ぜひ本ギフトにて隠れた名演をお試しください!

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. Fire
3. The Wind Cries Mary
4. Foxy Lady
5. I Don’t Live Today
6. Hey Joe
7. Can You Please Come Crawl Out Your Window?
8. Manic Depression
9. Like A Rolling Stone
10. Purple Haze

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