Phasecorrect - Thanks for taking the time to write this. Appreciate your observations and comparisons.
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I just grabbed Miami Pop at Sonic Boom in Toronto. It didn't grab me on the first listen, but I'm gonna give it another spin soon. The recording was certainly not great. Yesterday gave a listen to an early Brown label Electric Ladyland. Wow, had forgotten just how good this LP is. Side D has to be one of the strongest LP sides ever.
This release definitely has a better soundstaging and dynamics than my bootleg CD. The guitar and vocals are just off of left center the clarity is what is amazing for a 45 year old recording. The first live Jimi recording that I can hear Billy Cox's bass and the kick drum from Mitch Mitchell. Long time Hendrix fan, met his Dad, brother Leon, Eddie Kramer all on the same day! Wanted to see him at the LA Forum on 25 April 1970 when I was 12 years old! My Dad wanted to go to Hollywood park racetrack next door.
Statman, I saw Jimi the next day (April 26th, 1970) in Sacramento! I was 14 and in the presence of the Guitar God.
The Atlanta Pop Festival was overall not one of Jimi's more inspired shows (he played way better in Sacramento...), but it has its moments, such as the solo in "Spanish Castle Magic." Even mediocre Jimi is still pretty good!
I saw Hendrix twice, in '67 and '68. In '67 he was new out-of-the-gate, playing the "Are You Experienced" material, and real good. The following year I saw him at Winterland, and he seemed bored, just going through the motions. My taste changed dramatically in '69, and I completely lost interest in him.