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    Re: Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church - DVD/Blu-Ray

    Focusing on the crowd shots...lmao.

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    personally I would rather see a Dvd release with no documentary style production, just give us the concert sequences sans interviews etc...

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    Hopefully the DVD will have the option of concert only. It really should be the opposite, have the DVD be the concert and advertised as such, with interviews and info being in the special features or what not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outasight View Post
    Hopefully the DVD will have the option of concert only. It really should be the opposite, have the DVD be the concert and advertised as such, with interviews and info being in the special features or what not.
    exactly.

    perhaps a better title would be Sky Church as the gig was outside.

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    To all of you who were wondering how the concert film will be presented in the documentary:


    The author of this chronicle seems to have been at a film screening in New York, with the presence of McDermott.
    He gives an overview of the documentary content, and describes the songs in order of appearance.
    He describes about 10 songs - all that were included in Douglas' release, minus Red House.
    If he describes all the songs present in the doc, it makes Lover Man, Red House, Room Full Of Mirrors, HMTAC, Message To Love and Freedom as possibilities for the 3 bonus songs to be included in the DVD / BR.

    "(...)
    “This was an important chapter in Jimi’s life and career that needed to be documented,” said John McDermott, director of the Jimi Hendrix catalog after a recent film screening in New York. “Hopefully this will connect with fans and they will really be able to understand what was going on with Jimi Hendrix. Here we are 45 years later and this footage still has such power.”
    (...)
    The first half of Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church chronicles the historical significance and execution of the festival and includes interviews with Cooley, local county officials, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Billy Cox and the band’s late drummer Mitch Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. A striking moment comes when organizers point out that the makeshift venue didn’t have the electricity to properly light the festival grounds, so instead of using lights in the crowd, they reserved all of their power to dimly illuminate the stage.


    “It’s hard to imagine that these legendary shows were held together in really sketchy ways,” McDermott said.


    Despite the obstacles, Rash was able to capture the peaceful spirit and bubbling energy of the event, and the sparks really start to fly when he and his five- or six-man crew turn the cameras on Hendrix as he starts to perform.


    Wearing a flowing, multicolored shirt sewn onto a cape, red pants, and a blue patterned bandana, Hendrix looks like an exotic dragon. When he moves his arms, the cape flutters like a pair of wings, and when he launches into an electrifying fill or solo, it sounds like he’s about to take flight. For about the first 20 minutes, Hendrix and his band play “Fire,” “Spanish Castle Magic,” and “All Along the Watchtower” without a word to the crowd. When Hendrix finally speaks, he sounds overwhelmed. “Thank you very much for the last four years, and also I want to dedicate this to the girl in the purple underwear.”


    During an explosive “Foxey Lady,” he plays with his teeth and scrapes his strings against the microphone stand between astonishing flashes across the fretboard. “Stand up and get on our feet,” Hendrix says. “We want to do a happy birthday song to America. Everybody stand up and sing it with feeling.” The guitarist teases the crowd with a few notes from “The Star Spangled Banner” as performed at Woodstock, then transitions into the freewheeling “Purple Haze.”


    “Thank you very much for staying,” he continues after the song, clearly more comfortable playing than talking. “Next time I hope to see you again soon.”


    Any verbal gaffes are drowned by Hendrix’s mastery of the guitar, and “Hey Joe” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” keep the crowd dancing and chanting along. Hendrix thanks the 300,000-plus members of the crowd again and again, then after performing “Stone Free” he concludes with his astonishing version of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The July 4 performance of the song gives it extra relevance, and as he plays, members of the crowd light sparklers and wave them through the air. Clearly unaware of what would happen next, the front-row cameraman jerks his lens upward as a firework blooms like a big red flower.


    Hendrix effortlessly segues from the volcanic “Star Spangled Banner” (which Cooley said “knocked people’s socks off”) to “Straight Ahead,” and the cameras shoot him from a distance as fireworks continue to ignite in the evening sky.
    (...)"

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    From Ken Voss fb page, McDermott and Billy Cox on CBS this morning:

    https://video-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hv...0d&oe=55E673CE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubem View Post
    From Ken Voss fb page, McDermott and Billy Cox on CBS this morning:

    https://video-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hv...0d&oe=55E673CE
    The video wouldn't open for me, managed to watch it from Billy Cox's FB page https://www.facebook.com/bassistbillycox

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    ‘Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church’ review: Documentary is bold as love
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, September 4, 2015, 2:00 AM

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...icle-1.2347647

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    Re: Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church - DVD/Blu-Ray

    From the NYDaily news review:

    Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox slash their way through “I Don’t Live Today,”

    Uhmm...not at Atlanta they didn't. Let's hope it's either a mistake or there's perhaps some out of context Berkeley footage included??

    Also, this revisionist history is getting a bit old:

    That doesn’t make this set any less powerful, and it has the added poignance of being his last major show before his death just 10 weeks later.

    Uhm...Isle of Wight and Fehmarn don't count a "major shows"? Certainly they were large festivals.

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    SEP 4, 2015 @ 11:45 AM ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC JIMI HENDRIX ROCK


    10 Things We Learned from the New Jimi Hendrix Documentary
    Electric Church features a blistering performance just weeks before his death 45 years ago.


    Sam Feinsilver/Authentic Hendrix, LLC

    This month marks 45 years since Jimi Hendrix left this earth. But arguably more than any of the innumerable legends we've lost—Elvis Presley, John Lennon, even Bob Marley—Hendrix feels at once still alive and ahead of the times.


    The newly unearthed 16mm footage of one of his last concerts certainly helps. While audio from Hendrix's scorching performance at the Atlanta International Pop Festival on July 4, 1970,has long been traded in bootleg form, it just got a complete, cleaned-up audio release, and tonight Showtime premieres the documentary Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church​ (9 p.m. ET). Featuring a near-complete performance by the Jimi Hendrix Experience of that era—Hendrix, drummer Mitch Mitchell, and bassist Billy Cox—the first third of the movie chronicles the road to the festival through the eyes of Hendrix's bandmates, the promoter Alex Cooley, filmmaker Steve Rash, those close to Hendrix at the time, and locals from Byron, Georgia, the sleepy town that the golden-era rock festival took over during Independence Day weekend.The footage will take your breath away, but it's the insight of the early part of the film that's perhaps most intriguing. In an almost mundane way, it tells the story of a small-time promoter's efforts to bring the counterculture to the Deep South, amid the fury of the times. Here are 10 things that even the most die-hard of Hendrix fans will learn from Electric Church.

    1. This is the definitive Hendrix cover of "Star-Spangled Banner."
    Playing to a sea of lighters, owing to the lack of power that Georgia Rural Power was able to send to the festival grounds, and almost in syncopation to the pyrotechnics overhead (a feat for the era), Hendrix's scorching version of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the Georgia festival eclipses even his famous Woodstock version. While that performance the prior summer was an undeniable festival showstopper, playing it to 300,000 people in the dark with fireworks overhead on the Fourth of July made this the ultimate Hendrix performance of the song.

    2. The footage sat untouched for more than 30 years.
    "There were no ancillary methods of getting a film out there," director Steve Rash says in Electric Church what he had shot. "There was no home video, or anything else. If you didn't make the [next] summer's schedule, that was it." The film then languished in his barn, undeveloped for "30 some odd years," until it became clear to the Hendrix family and some of the other participants just what a piece of history Rash had on his hands.


    3. Hendrix was very confident about his next album.
    Bassist Billy Cox recalls Hendrix being ecstatic that the crowd liked his new material, which sadly was released posthumously. "We played songs they'd never heard and they loved it," Hendrix told Cox after coming offstage.


    4. Even when he messed up, Hendrix was a master.
    "He got a lot of energy from that gig," Cox says, before telling a story about Hendrix starting the Bob Dylan classic "All Along the Watchtower," which Hendrix reinvented on his 1968 album Electric Ladyland, in the wrong key. "After about two bars he goes, 'As I was saying...' and I knew he was going to switch to the right key."


    5. Hendrix was a civil rights leader, in his own way.
    Hendrix's performance at the second Atlanta International Pop Festival was a political statement as much as a musical one. The notorious segregationist and then-governor of Georgia Lester Maddox, shown early in the film, was no friend to the people the festival was set to attract. Atlanta Pop organizers​ wanted to show that rural audiences and "longhair" bands, and black and white artists, could coexist at the same festival. Hendrix's message of peace, love, and brotherhood made him an ideal vehicle for the mission. ​"Success made him a target," rock journalist Anthony DeCurtis says in the film. But Hendrix was crafty, and told an interviewer before going onstage that he was simply "thinking about the obsolete versus the new," thus making his message less political (and less threatening) to the powers that be.


    6. The festival was chaos, but Hendrix wasn't fazed.
    It was 104 degrees in rural Byron, Georgia, and the stage was an "unorganized mess," according to one of Hendrix's roadies. The local sheriff (and lone police officer in the area) stayed on the festival perimeter and deputized bikers to keep the peace. Fire trucks hosed down festival-goes, and locals made a few extra dollars by selling fruit, Cokes, and sandwiches. Mild-mannered college kids would go into a bathroom and come out decked in hippie-wear, or just completely naked. "You could see anything there," one local in the film remembers. "Anything!" Even with a crowd that swelled to 300,000 after the festival became free, Hendrix was calm, and turned in one of the best performances committed to film. Bill Mankin​ who worked in stage crews for the festival, writes in liner notes for the new live album: "At the center of the vortex was the master magician on guitar: the personification of a life lived fully and wildly, with no boundaries, no limitations, and aiming for the stars at light speed."


    7. It was literally a disaster area.
    Governor Lester Maddox flew over the site in a helicopter just prior to Hendrix's performance and declared the site a disaster area. In the aftermath, festival-goers left behind detritus that took weeks to clear.


    8. A local moonshiner made it all possible.
    Promoter Alex Cooley says in Electric Church that he knew he wanted to bring the festival to an area in the Deep South, but didn't have a location until he found a local pecan orchard adjacent to the Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron, Georgia. The town, about 100 miles south of Atlanta on I75, was ill-equipped to handle the festival, but the local farmer who owned the property was desperate for cash, making for a fit. "He was a moonshiner," Cooley says in the film. "He was on our side."


    9. It was Hendrix's largest U.S. performance.
    About 100 miles south of Atlanta, next to a field just outside of the town of Byron, Georgia, is a plaque erected by the Georgia Historical Society marking the location of the second Atlanta International Pop Festival, which ran from July 3-5, 1970. It reads: "Over thirty musical acts performed, including rock icon Jimi Hendrix playing to the largest American audience of this career." Despite the overwhelming attendance—which some estimates actually put as high as 400,000—the festival, and Hendrix's performance in particular, have not received their due until now.


    10. The "Southern Woodstock" was the end of an era.
    The Atlanta International Pop Festival was the last of a dying breed. By the time the Jimi Hendrix Experience took the stage at about 12:30 on the final night, that sort of massive, anarchic music gathering in the U.S. would soon be extinct. "This was a great end to an era," Glenn Phillips of the Hampton Grease Band says in the film. "It was a powerful moment."

    http://www.esquire.com/entertainment...ectric-church/

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    Amazing how a Japanese Laser Disc can sit undeveloped in someone's barn, for 30 years...

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    [QUOTE=DevilsAvocado;115034]Amazing how a Japanese Laser Disc can sit undeveloped in someone's barn, for 30 years...[/QUO
    This is far better than Doulas Laser Disc. Picture so clear and sound so good plus different camera angles. Douglas version may still be be necessary because of that. I love this doc. First 1/3 was like a regular doc talking heads interspersed with snippets of songs but then a massive chunk of uninterrupted songs followed by a coda of interviews. Probably the best of the four docus yet (others I am comparing to A Film about Jimi Hendrix, West Ciast Seattle Boy DVD, Hear my Train A Comin). One complaint there was a brief Berekeley aud shot at the beginning of Voodoo Child. Lame!
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    For those who have yet to see it. The doc has the following songs from Atlanta complete or near complete

    Fire
    Spanish Castle Magic
    All Along The Watchtower
    Foxey Lady
    Purple Haze
    Hey Joe
    Voodoo Child
    Stone Free
    Star Spangled Banner
    Straight Ahead


    These are the same tracks as what is on the Douglas Laser Disc less Red House. Except imo the EH version is done way better and sound is awesome

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    Really enjoyed the doc and especially the footage, the extremely soft look of the Japanese laserdisc is gone. Hope they give the option to view just the concert footage on the Blu

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    I don't understand why AATW was used in the doc. Wrong start and wrong key and overall not one of the finest versions. Hopefully the extra tracks on the Blu ray will include HMTAC....
    The best song from the Randall's Island show was Red House (maybe one of the best versions of the whole 1970 tour) and they didnt use that version the HMTAC doc. So I'm not too optimistic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Experiencereunited View Post
    For those who have yet to see it. The doc has the following songs from Atlanta complete or near complete

    Fire
    Spanish Castle Magic
    All Along The Watchtower
    Foxey Lady
    Purple Haze
    Hey Joe
    Voodoo Child
    Stone Free
    Star Spangled Banner
    Straight Ahead


    These are the same tracks as what is on the Douglas Laser Disc less Red House. Except imo the EH version is done way better and sound is awesome
    I wonder if other songs, Lover Man, Train, Message, etc are not availabale on video given we are seeing the same tracks as the laser disc? (Albeit with diff angles.) Though that would be hard to believe given the multiple cams. Good doc, altho the video got a bit dodgy during Voodoo Child and it looked like some of it was faked ala Ezy Ryder at the IOW. Let's hope we get the full show on the dvd and some nice bonus stuff like Sacramento.
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    Re: Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church - DVD/Blu-Ray

    Is this available to download or view anywhere for those who live outside the US?

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    I don't have Showtime. No TV, just too many computers. How can I see the Showtime cut?

    I can watch it at someone's house, but I'm kinda like Clapton, and I don't want to watch this with someone who doesn't really get it, ya know?
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    Watching it tonight on Showtime. My wife swears she's seen it before based on the preview. I said no babe, that was the Isle of Wight! Hahaha! Can't wait. Nice to see another favorite musician of mine, Rich Robinson from the Black Crowes is involved in this. Should be interesting.
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