Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Newport Pop Festival/Northridge,CA/June 20,1969

"Stone Free" (very beginning missing)
"Are You Experienced"
"Stone Free"
"Sunshine of Your Love"
"Hear My Train A Comin'" (incomplete)
"Red House" (incomplete)
"Foxy Lady"
"Like a Rolling Stone"
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
"Purple Haze"


This tape begins with "Stone Free" already in progress. Jimi was apparently upset at this concert,and his solo sounds very angry and aggressive. Around the 4:45 mark the song settles into a drum solo. Following the solo there seems to be a gap on the tape. Coming next is the beginning of "Are You Experienced". This song eventually morphs into an unaccompanied guitar solo with shades of "Villanova Junction Blues". After a mellow minute or so the band returns to finish "Stone Free".

"Sunshine of Your Love" slows down to a crawl,and suddenly "Fire" appears. Jimi asks the crowd not to act like animals before starting "Hear My Train A Comin'". The crowd keeps interrupting him while he explains the song,so he tells them "you all just choke yourselves. Fuck you".

Later in the set is a real rarity for 1969 in the form of "Like a Rolling Stone". Jimi abandons the song after about 5 minutes. An angry "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" precedes another drum solo before finishing up with "Purple Haze".

This is a very enjoyable soundboard recording with occasional sound anomalies here and there.

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