Jimi Hendrix's appearance at the massive Isle of Wight Festival in the wee hours of August 31, 1970, less than three weeks before his death, was filmed and recorded, and excerpts from it were released over the years, starting with the November 1971 LP issued by Track Records in the U.K., Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight, which reached the British Top 20. But Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight, issued by Experience Hendrix Records in 2002 as a two-CD album and as a DVD video, each running about two hours, was the first nearly complete presentation of the concert. Here, the two formats are combined as part of Universal's Sound+Vision series of CD/DVD packages. In either audio or video forms, it does not present Hendrix at his best. Accompanied by bassist Billy Cox and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the guitarist fights technical difficulties, including speakers that pick up the festival's security personnel on their walkie-talkies. He seems lethargic and distracted for much of the performance, which includes a lengthy, meandering version of "Machine Gun," during which he abandons the stage to a long drum solo, not the only one of those in the show. Six songs in, he re-introduces himself in an attempt to start over, and later on says he woke up only two minutes earlier. With the 11th selection, "Foxey Lady," he finally comes alive somewhat before scolding the audience for preferring his older material to songs they've never heard before. Of course, even a mediocre Hendrix performance features some outstanding guitar playing, and here the blues "Red House" is a standout. The video version is more tolerable than the audio one, particularly because director Murray Lerner, who had the benefit of at least six cameras at any given moment, makes the mostly static performance move more onscreen. By including an introductory 15 minutes of contemporary interviews and backstage footage, he gives some context to this gigantic festival that never got the attention of Woodstock. Hendrix fans will want to own this concert, and this package is a good way to get it in its most complete form.