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

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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.‚ÄČ17. 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.

Endless Boogie – Focus Level (Epic 2017 #067)

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Endless Boogie – Focus Level (2008)

Endless Boogie was formed in 1997 by Matador Records employees and a professional record collector for jamming.Initially having no plans to record or to tour, the band played their first live show in 2001 as an opening act for Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus. After releasing a pair of rare vinyl LPs from 2005, they went on to release their debut – Focus Level in 2008.

The band’s style has been labeled as hard rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock and blues rock. But Endless Boogie describe themselves as “Kraut Southern rock”. Make up your own mind with ‘Smokin’ figs in the yard’ from the 2008 debut.

The Black Crowes – Live at the Greek (Epic 2017 #024)

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The Black Crowes & Jimmy Page – Live at the Greek (1999)


This ranks up there in my top ten live albums of all time. Working in partnership with Jimmy Page and recorded over the nights of 18-19 October 1999 at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, this double album is the result.

It is superlative. Nuff said.

Deep Purple – Ted the Mechanic (Leaping Ahead #257)

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[top 10 song (8)]

Ian Gillan (vox) said that the lyrics for ‘Ted the Mechanic’ are based on the true-life story of a man he once met in a pub during the recording sessions for the 1987 album The House of Blue Light. The two started talking, and Gillan wrote down the man’s story on some napkins which he then put away and forgot about. He discovered them years later and they became the basis for the lyrics. The song was a live staple during the Purpendicular tour, and was also played during more recent tours as well.