November 27th, 1942 is one of the most important dates in the history of modern music. It is one of the most important dates in modern music history because that is the day that guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was born. If Hendrix were still alive today, November 27th, 2013 would mark the guitarist’s seventy-first birthday. In celebration of the anniversary, Legacy Recordings has put out yet another release focusing on his life and legacy in the form of the brand new documentary, Hear My Train a Comin’. This latest documentary is one of the most in-depth documentaries centered on Hendrix to date. Whether one is new to the music of Jimi Hendrix or is more knowledgeable of him, this documentary is one more impressive release celebrating Hendrix’s life and music.
Hear My Train a Comin’ is such a wonderful addition to any Hendrix fan’s home collection because of its breadth. Much of the material included in this release is completely different from any previous concerts and blu-rays released to the masses before. Audiences get with this roughly two hour documentary more than just a glance into what made Hendrix so legendary (and what continues to make him so legendary even today). Rather, they get the full *ahem* experience (bad pun fully intended). This documentary includes classic concert footage that has rarely ever been seen before as well as classic interviews with Hendrix. There are also interviews with some of the biggest names in the music industry past and present that help to highlight the kind of person that Hendrix was both on and off stage. These elements along with the documentary’s bonus features make Hear My Train a Comin’ a must see for anyone that has any interest at all in Jimi Hendrix.
One of the key elements that makes Hear My Train a Comin’ such a joy is the inclusion of so much classic live footage. More classic footage is included in this documentary than any Hendrix documentary or concert film released in recent memory. On the surface, the footage is such a wonderful addition to the program because it gives viewers more chance than ever to experience his music live on film. It’s one thing to hear the band’s live performances on vinyl or on CD. But to actually see just how much concert footage has been preserved is in itself impressive. It raises hopes that maybe in the not too distant future, even more of that footage will be released so as to help maintain Hendrix’s legacy for another seventy years plus. What’s most impressive about the footage is its quality. Both the video and audio mix of every piece of concert footage is just as clear as could be. This applies both to the black and white footage and the color footage. Those charged with maintaining the concert footage and restoring it for this presentation are to be highly commended. It’s just the beginning of what this documentary has to offer audiences. Audiences will also appreciate the vintage first person commentary from Hendrix as well as his sit down with talk show host Dick Cavett.
The first person commentary from Hendrix and his sit down with Dick Cavett are just as important to the overall presentation that is Hear My Train a Comin’ as the preserved concert footage. His interview on the Dick Cavett Show is especially enlightening. That’s because this interview, which has been shown only in segments in other documentaries, shows just how humble Jimi Hendrix was both as an artist and as a person. It echoes the sentiment shared about him throughout each of Legacy Recordings’ previous Hendrix documentaries. When asked about his thoughts on getting compliments from audiences, he explains to Dick that compliments aren’t why he performs, and how far too many artists let compliments feed their egos and lose sight of what’s most important. This sentiment rings true even today. That sentiment along with Hendrix’s own first person commentary on his writing makes the entire presentation even richer for audiences. Of course the enjoyment doesn’t end here. Audiences are also treated to insight on Jimi from some of the biggest names in the music industry from the past and present. Their own stories make the concert footage, the interview with Dick Cavett, and Hendrix’s own words that much more interesting. And together with the bonus concert footage from the Miami Pop Festival and a special second concert, viewers are treated to a music documentary unlike any that has been released in recent memory. It’s one that any fan of Jimi Hendrix will agree is a must see. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from the official Jimi Hendrix website at http://www.authentichendrix.com/Dept.aspx?cp=103_62591, along with the new double disc vinyl release of the new Hendrix live release, Miami Pop Festival. More information on these releases and all things Jimi Hendrix is available online at http://www.facebook.com/JimiHendrix and http://www.jimihendrix.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.