2 November 2007, wgpsec @ 11:08 pm
Before The New York Sunrise (Watch Tower WT 2005149/50)
New York Pop Festival, Downing Stadium, Randall’s Island , New York , NY – July 17, 1970
Disc 1: Intro; by Jimi, Stone Free, Fire, Red House, Message To Love, Here Comes Your Lover Man, All Along The Watchtower, Foxy Lady, Ezy Rider, Star Spangled Banner, Purple Haze, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Stage Announcements
Disc 2: Red House (radio broadcast/alternate mix), Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (alternate mix with distortion from the mobile recording truck), Red House (alternate mix with distortion from the mobile recording truck), Interview
The New York Pop Festival took place over three days on Randall’s Island which also featured acts John Sebastian, Grand Funk, Steppenwolf, and Jethro Tull. Apparently the event wasn’t organized too well as many of the acts advertised never materialized according to the official Hendrix web site. Disc one is Hendrix’s entire performance compiled from two source tapes. The main source is an excellent soundboard with a nice full range of frequencies sounding very close to the master. The “Intro”, “Red House”, and “All Along the Watchtower” are mixed in from the excellent audience recording with the sound being very complimentary to the board tape. The audience portion is also from an almost perfect vinyl source.
This is more of a compact set list compared to other shows around this time and consists mainly of earlier classics with only a few of the newer songs. During “Fire”, Jimi throws in some hints of “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Satisfaction” to mix things up a bit. Hendrix’s playing is smooth and fluent, especially his rhythms and the band’s performance is very energetic and enjoyable. At various points during the show, the guitar amp seems to pick up some radio interference but nothing too disastrous. Jimi dedicates “Foxy Lady” tonight to the woman with the moustache. Overall, this is an excellent performance during a time when Jimi’s focus was sometimes a little off.
Disc two starts with a radio broadcast of “Red House” from the audience source and in slightly lesser quality than disc one. “Voodoo Child” and the second “Red House” are sourced from the mobile truck and contain a series of strange beeps throughout the recording, similar to feedback. The interview is taken from the Beverly Rodeo Hotel, Los Angeles in June of 1969 by N. Carter and lasts about 25 minutes.