Thursday, June 23, 2016

Atlanta International Pop Festival/Byron,GA/July 4,1970

"Lover Man"
"Spanish Castle Magic"
"Red House"
"Room Full of Mirrors"
"Hear My Train A Comin'"
"Message to Love"
"All Along the Watchtower"
"Foxy Lady"
"Purple Haze"
"Hey Joe"
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
"Stone Free"
"Star Spangled Banner"
"Straight Ahead"
"Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" (instrumental)


After introducing  Mitch and Billy,Jimi dives into a blazing "Fire".  "Spanish Castle Magic" contains a tease of "The Breeze and I" starting around the 2:47 mark. A 7+ minute "Red House" slows down the pace temporarily.

"Hear My Train A Comin'" is a deep trip into The Blues. Jimi uses his Uni-Vibe pedal to great effect in this tune. "All Along the Watchtower" features some stellar playing and slightly hesitant singing by Jimi.

After looking to the future with "Freedom",Jimi takes a step into the past with crowd favorites "Foxy Lady","Purple Haze" and "Hey Joe". He tricks the crowd by playing a quick snatch of the National Anthem just before "Purple Haze". "Hey Joe" features a very pretty flamenco-like intro.

Toward the end of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" Jimi plays some tortured-sounding intense guitar. The end of "Stone Free" bleeds into the "Star Spangled Banner" (for real this time). At its conclusion,the National Anthem segues into "Straight Ahead". Billy,Mitch and Jimi wrap up this show,unusually, with an instrumental version of "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)".

This very fine show can be found on several audio and video releases. Most of it is in excellent soundboard form with bits and pieces patched in from audience sources.

1 comment:

  1. I come to this place every now and then. The place is really nice, the crowd is full of regulars, and the food and drink specials are pretty good! The staff at venue Houston is great and really gets to know your name. Totally worth your time on any night for good food and drink.