View Full Version : JHE @ Woburn Music Festival, Bedfordshire, 1968

07-26-09, 12:30 PM
:bananasmile:... is this Bedfordshire recording already circulating? Just a look at the other bands, awesome: Family, Taste... i hope this will somehow also find a way to the fan's circuit...



The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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10 July 2008
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Lot Description
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
A rare inch reel-to-reel master soundboard tape recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and others performing at the Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, England, 6-7 July, 1968, the recording made on a 2-track mono Ampex reel on a professional Revox deck, running time 127:58 minutes, running order:
6 July, 1968
Family (29:13 minutes)
Five tracks comprising Me My Friend, Old Songs New Songs/How Many More Years (You Gonna Wreck My Life) Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Hey Mr. Policeman and Observations (incomplete)

Geno Washington (18:05 minutes)
Seven tracks comprising Mony Mony, Funk Broadway, Rock Me, Baby, I Get So Excited, Holding On Baby (With Both Hands), Baby Come Back and Jumping Jack Flash

The Jimi Hendrix Experience (48:22 minutes)
1.Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (0:42)
2.Fire (3:18)
3.Tax Free (10:10)
4.Red House (10:17)
5.Foxy Lady (4:12)
6.Voodoo Child (6:05)
7.Purple Haze (8:00)

7 July, 1968
Taste (23:21 minutes)
Four tracks comprising Summertime, Blister On The Moon, I Got My Brand On You and a medley of Rock Me, Baby Bye Bye Bird Baby Please Don't Go You Shook Me, Baby
This is the earliest professional live recording of this Taste line-up known to exist. After finishing the first song of his set, Rory Gallagher says Thank You 16 times!
Tim Rose (8:57 minutes)
Two tracks comprising I Got A Loneliness and Long Time Man (incomplete)

This recording is offered for sale without copyright, broadcast rights, performers consents, and other reproduction rights. The Buyer must apply to the relevant parties to obtain such clearance and consents as may be necessary. (2)

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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
NOBLE, Douglas J. and GLEBBEEK, Caesar, Jimi Plays Woburn, article in Univibes magazine, Issue 26, August, 1997

Lot Notes
The Woburn Music Festival, held over two days on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July, 1968, saw the only official UK performance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience during that year. The band's previous UK performance was at the Christmas On Earth Continued concert at London's Olympia on 22 December, 1967, while after Woburn, the band did not play in the UK again until 18 and 24 February, 1969 for their concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Festival was organised by Melody Maker in conjunction with Rik & John Gunnell by courtesy of His Grace the Duke of Bedford. Tickets for the two-day event ranged from a mere 10 shillings for the afternoon of 6 July and 15 shillings for the evening of 7 July to 1 for those attending the evening session of 6 July with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Woburn Abbey maintains an archive but unfortunately, no records exist of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performance. According to staff at Woburn Abbey ..."We have spoken to various long serving members of staff and regret that they could not recollect the Jimi Hendrix Experience concert of 6th July 1968...the events file for this period has not survived....There are no examples of tickets or posters in the archive."
The Experience flew to England on Thursday, 4 July from New York City, scheduled to headline the evening session of the Woburn Festival on Saturday 6 July. Noel Redding's diary entry for the Saturday reads as follows:
Got up at 1 o'clock. Went to Jimi's hotel. Came home. Washed my hair. Collected Pat [a friend of Noel] from Grannies [the King's Road clothes shop Granny Takes A Trip]. Collected Jimi. Wrote another song. Had a pint on the way down. Loads of photos in the Abbey. Did the gig, went down a bomb. Gerry [Stickells] drove home. Went to Blaises [club - with Jimi]. Saw Mick Avery [drummer of the Kinks] and Terry Doran [personal chauffeur of George Harrison]. Went to bed about 3:30.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience performance begins with the band being introduced by the MC, DJ Emperor Rosko, "You're about to witness a little experience". The band takes it's time to tune up and the MC jokes " This is quite a normal experience, tuning up beforehand, especially when your materials been in the hands of the Spanish Customs Department". Since the band didn't perform in Spain until after Woburn on 15 July, Rosko's comments presumably are a reference back to April 1967 when they were banned by the authorities from appearing on Spanish TV because of their long hair! The tape contains a great deal of banter and talking to the audience from the band members, from Hendrix himself making comments about the equipment ...We're having slight difficulty with our amps cause this is the first time we've used them this year, heh-heh-heh..., referring to the band's absence from the UK until this concert. The beginning of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is missing because the recorder didn't switch the reel-to-reel deck on in time. Following that, Hendrix introduces the next song ...Here we go - a thing called Let Me Stand Next To Your Old Lady And Smoke Some Of Your Fire. Here we go... Before Tax Free, Hendrix comments ... We'd like to continue on with this...instrumental that...We have some friends in Sweden named Hansson and Karlsson and we'd like to do one of their songs. It's called Tax Free - it goes something like this here...Before we go on I'll tell you the truth. Like I said before, we ain't played in a long time so we're...just jamming really...
After Foxy Lady, Noel Redding introduces Voodoo Child...Continue on with a song that...we recorded for our new LP. It's nothing but a...hard rock... and Hendrix finishes It's called Voodoo Child before he launches in to the now familiar intro. Afterwards, Hendrix again apologises for the sound ...We're very sorry that we had to play through broken amplifiers... Like I said before, it's really a hang-up. And it's very hard to get our own sound across. So we'd like to end it and say thank you very much for showing up and...we'd like to do this last song, Purple Haze.

Many people who attended the Woburn Event have fond memories of the concert and of the Jimi Hendrix Experience in particular. Hendrix fan, Mike Griffin recalls ...I can remember an extended version of Red House with some fantastic blues instrumental parts. Just straight blues. I mean it was just beautiful. Because Hendrix was so sort of hyped up at the time with the whole psychedelic thing, it was really nice to hear him play some really, really good blues.

In the New Musical Express issue of 26 October 1974, in an article entitled Great Rock Solos Of Our Time, guitarist Fred Frith commented "A lot of people wanted to play like Clapton; but a lot of people wanted to BE like Hendrix...As a straight blues guitarist he was brilliant. I can well remember a breathtaking and unusually disciplined eight chorus solo in Red House at the Woburn Festival."

The Jimi Hendrix Experience show at Woburn was professionally recorded on a 7.5 ips, 2-track, mono, reel-to-reel tape. It is not known who actually recorded this tape but the master tape was stored in a small studio in London, where it sat on the shelves among a wall of tapes. In the early 1970s, the studio went bust and an employee rescued some of the tapes before they were destroyed. Additionally, a film crew was present to record the event. Nothing is known of the whereabouts of this footage, but if such footage were to surface it would be an incredible find and a wonderful companion to the recording offered here.

Photograph courtesy of Mike Wells.

07-26-09, 12:42 PM
Hey Wrekker, Jimi at Woburn will be officially on the market (see dagger site) next tuesday. And, I am not an admin, but I guess this is not the place for messages here :)

07-26-09, 12:54 PM
moved this thread to 'everything else'.

it would be nice to have a Woburn Review thread when the Daggers are delivered.

would be interested to hear how everyones expectations compare to the actual thing, which we'll get to hear very soon now, i think.

purple jim
07-29-09, 08:10 AM
Go it today ! First impressions:
It's an ordinary jewel box with only a black inner tray, so no nice see-through graphics. The 12 page booklet is fairly well illustrated and it thanks Caesar Glebeek (and issue 26 of Univibes for research info.).
The sound is very good soundboard (Mitch's cymbols lack the sparkle of a professional recording of course).
We have only the last 30 seconds of "Sgt. Pepper's" and the very end of "Tax Free" is missing. Jimi puts in some nice wah-wah explorations on that one.
"Fire" has a wonderfully furious beginning as if Jimi is challenging the P.A. He improvises heavily over the usual opening riffs. Great stuff.
"Red House" is pretty unspectacular but interesting as usual. Jimi slows it right down and settles into improvisation as if he were alone or in a small club.
"Foxy Lady" is on automatic pilot and "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" is pretty basique and a little uncertain.
"Purple Haze" has a nice feedback impro. opening and a long toothpicked solo at the end.
The gig did come in the middle of the band's two month holiday (from touring at least) so this and the lousy P.A. explian why this is a rather shoddy gig. Still, great fun for nutters like us !

07-29-09, 08:57 AM
Just read in a Univibes #26 1997 that Cesar Glebbeek offered to GIVE the tape to Experience Hendrix for FREE if they would let him release Woburn as a 4th Univibes CD. Janie said NO to the deal.

08-05-09, 07:24 AM
Mine's in!!!!!

I'm listening to it right now. They added some echo, that's my impression.

Tax Free (without the fade-out).

08-05-09, 11:24 AM
It's amazing how far some people are out of the loop! wrekker69 (http://www.crosstowntorrents.org/member.php?u=1679)

08-12-09, 12:29 PM
I got it too from Autentic Hendrix.
Most interesting for me is Tax Free, there is a nice jamming in that. It's a pity that the end is missing......

08-12-09, 12:49 PM
Also great drum solo in Tax Free!
Mitch is excellent as always!