HOLLYWOOD(Hollywood Today)12/5/13/–I have discovered over time that out of all the famous musicians in the history of rock and roll, Jimi Hendrix is still considered by most professionals to be the greatest guitar player of all time. His music is more alive in 2013 than it ever was while he was alive, in 1967 at the Monterey Bay Music Festival, in 1969 at New York’s Woodstock Music Festival, and even after his sudden death in 1970.
This new film/DVD shows more of his raw talent and natural abilities then others, and he always appears most comfortable when on stage and playing a right handed guitar left handed. This means folks he had to learn and play the guitar backwards. I doubt that it would have mattered if he was right handed anyway. Either way or up-side-down, his sound is still original, unique and mystical. Watching this film was like watching the highlight reels from a Championship Super Bowl game that went into ‘sudden death’, going way beyond what was expected.
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I watched Hear My Train a Comin’ about the late great Jimi Hendrix in absolute awe and bewilderment. Much of the film had new footage that I have never seen before which made the whole film very refreshing. Yes, some footage was familiar too me. In the end, I saw mostly new footage, new interviews and learned new things about the emotional toll the professionals’ all had on him and all of his talents. I was literally taken on a two hour journey while watching the film with my oldest son Zachery who is 24 years old. Me being 49 years young, I was able to answer a few questions he had about the famous, and by most professionals’ opinions, the greatest guitar player of all time.
What I enjoyed the best about this film was that there was more focus on his raw talent and the raw energies he generated in his music in just a few years’ time. He had the respect of every top musician in the UK that were into rock and roll in the 1960’s. He amazed everyone the first time they witnessed him playing live. This was before the “Jimi Hendrix Experience” was created.
American labels turn him down at the beginning; so, he goes off to England and blows the roof off the stage at every show-house and pub where he played. The personal interviews with Beatle’s Paul McCartney are very cool, and how he help get Jimi the gig at the Monterey Bay Music Festival in 1967, “The Summer of Love”, when The Beatles were unavailable in the recording studio. It was Jimi’s personal triumph after the disrespect he received just a couple of years earlier in the US.
The interviews with Jim Ladd, a well respected radio personality, DJ, and rock music historian with Los Angeles’s own KLOS radio station, was an added bonus for me. It’s still hard to believe this guitarist’s work and films are still being looked at and scrutinized by professionals and the general public; even though, Jimi’s sudden drug-related death at the mystical age of 27 hasn’t stopped the interests in his life and career.
I highly recommend this film now on DVD and Blu-ray for viewing for any music enthusiast. In a rating system of 1 to 5 stars, I would rate this documentary a strong #5. Enjoy everyone.
View the March 30, 1967 appearance featuring the group performing “Purple Haze”
‘The Blessing Sender’