Sometimes, the internet is used for good — and this is definitely one of those times: A previously “lost” concert tape of the legendary Jimi Hendrix performing in Stockholm, Sweden at Konserthuset in 1969 was uploaded to YouTube a few months ago … and it looks fantastic. (Thanks to Laughing Squid for bringing this to folks’ attention).
We’re talking 50 years ago, so you might expect video quality of such a performance to be warbled, or at least negatively affected over the course of the five decades since the concert took place, but that’s not the case here.
A Swedish television station found the tape in the early 2000s before it was to be erased for purposes of space-saving, and since then it’s been digitally remastered and the result is a real treat. Rarely has there been live footage this clear of the iconic guitar legend.
In the clip, Jimi Hendrix and his band (Noel Redding on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums) play seven songs:
1 “Killing Floor”
2″ Spanish Castle Magic”
4 “Hey Joe”
5 “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”
6 “Red House”
7 “Sunshine Of Your Love”
And there are two bonus performances tacked on to the end, of “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Purple Haze” from 1967.
That’s just great, isn’t it?