I've read that it's not a 'fan favorite'
whatever that means
(hence no deluxe edition that I know of)
but Jimi/Experience at L.A. Forum 1969
is for me a classic mostly-improv set.
Tax Free, Red House
& the solo guitar break in (I think) Spanish Castle Magic,
are all pieces I study again & again.
one interesting thing about the
April 1969 L.A. Forum show
(despite the exhaustion &/or boredom of some members of the trio?)
it's the JHE improvising as a GROUP.
very different than the (brilliant) Band Of Gypsys shows,
where Jimi is largely a soloist w/ a rhythm section.
(a dynamic & responsive rhythm section,
but they don't go all flying off places together as a trio
this VILLANOVA JUNCTION from Maui 1970
is a mix of both approaches.
Mitch & Billy may or may not
have ever fully gelled as a rhythm section.
(I go back & forth on it... could write you an essay lol)
here, Mitch *mostly* chases Jimi while Billy holds it down:
(I'm not SURE offhand,
but I MAY recall that
a lovely blues variation
that Jimi recorded in a few different arrangements,
was named posthumously by manager Mike Jeffries,
as was PALI-GAP & a few others)
the solo guitar piece from L.A. Forum April 1969
that I THINK takes place during Spanish Castle Magic
is also interesting in that
the same ideas turn up more definitively
in August's "Woodstock improvisation"
between Star Spangled Banner & Villanova Junction
L.A. 1969 has an early Banner also.
@sj5 Holy moly
While not listening to it as closely as you are, I gotta say that the Forum show is a *fantastic* show. A great soundtrack to a sunny afternoon of working from home.
I got the cassette in a box set called I think LIFELINES a looooong time ago when it came out...
mostly LIFELINES was a 3hr radio show which included some rare tracks (some aren't available in that form even now, Sending My Love To Linda and Valleys Of Neptune still definitive versions imo)
& then the FORUM show which I listened to 100s of times & became absolutely formative to my electric guitar sensibilities. 🎸 🔥
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