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After only being available in heavily edited or bootleg form, Jimi Hendrix's complete performance at the Isle of Wight Festival was finally officially released some 32 years after the fact. Although Hendrix is plagued by equipment problems and audience expectations, and the entire festival had degenerated into something of a debacle by the time Jimi hit the stage as headliner, the sound is fantastic, the packaging and booklet are filled with great photos, and it is the entire performance (except for the fade-out of "Midnight Lightning" ending disc one). Jimi's guitar playing is superb in spots, and his wonderful sense of humor is on display throughout. There is a loose, at times sloppy, feel to the proceedings, with Hendrix being pretty casual with the lyrics, particularly in "Spanish Castle Magic." Jimi had long since tired of playing his smash hits, even commenting after "Foxey Lady," "Y'all want to hear all those old songs, man? Damn, man. We're just trying to get some other things together." The problem was that much of the new material was under-rehearsed for a live setting, giving some of the newer songs like "Dolly Dagger" and "Ezy Rider" more of a jam feel. But the fact is, Hendrix died way too early, so any great sounding, even mediocre, shows will still be celebrated by fans for the moments of brilliance they contain. Band of Gypsys is still the first pick for live Hendrix, but those who crave more will be quite pleased with Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight.