At the Isle of Wight Albums... Jimi Hendrix... Karl J. Geisler


At the Isle of Wight


August 30, 1970

This is a decent concert album, though there are only six songs. Aside from Foxy Lady, these are not your standard Hendrix tunes. It's nice to have an album without Purple Haze on it.

The story is that Jimi was bothered by some random German radio or security or something that comes through the PA during one of the songs. If you've ever jammed through a big amp near a campus radio transmitter, you've experienced that too. Actually, I think it sounds cool. :)

From what I've heard, there are a few different versions of this concert out there. I don't think mine is the most popular.
Mine has: It's an English import, copyrighted 1971 Polydor (Germany) and 1984 Polydor (England).

Other release of this concert (Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight 70',...) contain some other gems from this show, such as Intro:God Save the Queen and Hey Baby, but they are all heavily edited and remixed. Certain parts of songs (such as the drum solo from In From the Storm) are cut out and in all of the songs fake crowd noise is added. Isle of Wight was a supposedly a 2.5 hr concert. Go figure.

For as complete a version as you'll be able to find of this concert, check out the boot Race With The Devil.