Jimi Hendrix – Isle of Wight (Epic 2017 #110)

The Epic 2017 Project #110: 170420

Jimi Hendrix – Isle of Wight (1971)

Isle of Wight is a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix, released in November 1971 by Polydor in the UK only. It documents Hendrix’s performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival on 30 August 1970, his last performance in England before his death in September. The album was engineered by Carlos Ohlms (a British-based engineer). The record company did not use a picture from the Isle of Wight concert. The cover photo is from a live concert on 4 September 1970 at Deutschlandhalle, Berlin.

The album spent only two weeks in the UK Albums Chart, peaking at No. 17. But it remains one of my all time favourites

Isle of Wight contains just part of the concert, but this release has a unique mix compared to the 2002 release of the entire performance on the album Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight.


John B Sebastian – Rainbows all over your blues (Leaping Ahead #267)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #267: 160923

[A festival song (3)]

John B Sebastian was attending Woodstock as part of the crowd but, whilst promoters struggled to get billed performers in to play, he was recruited for an impromptu ‘filler’ performance at 15:30 on Saturday 16 August 1969 between Santana and The Keef Hartley band. Of course, he wasn’t just some random guitar player as Sebastian formed and fronted ‘The Lovin Spoonful’.

Santana – Soul Sacrifice (Leaping Ahead #232)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #232: 160819

[A festival song (2)]

“Soul Sacrifice” is an instrumental written and recorded by the American rock group Santana. Identified as one of the highlights of the 1969 Woodstock festival, itfeatures extended guitar solos by Carlos Santana and a stunning drum solo from Michael Shrive. It was one of the band’s earliest compositions. Carlos Santana recalled the group wrote it when bassist David Brown joined and describes it as

a perfect example of the amalgam of old-world guaguanco rhythms and strictly American licks