Wednesday, September 23, 2009

1970/06/20 - Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Set List:

All Along the Watchtower
Room Full of Mirrors
Machine Gun
Message To Love
Hear My Train A Comin'
Foxy Lady
Hey Joe
Purple Haze
Voodoo Chile (slight return)
Keep On Groovin'

The photo collection below was shot and provided online by crosstown member Mourning Star:

The following are links to two versions of the same audience recording made for this show:

1970-06-20 San Bernadino 2nd gen

Swing in San Bernardino - APE+Art

From Just Ask The Axis:

From Chris Dixon's 30th Anniversary Series © C S Dixon
June 20, 2000 marks 30 years since Jimi's 1970 concert at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California. Jimi did 4 concert dates in the western US on this week but this is the only one which exists on tape as of now (he played Albuquerque the night before, Ventura (Ca) the day after, and Denver three days later).

The tape of this night is unfortunately a pretty rough listen. It's quite distorted and apparently was recorded from some distance, as it is further muddied by hall acoustics. Jimi's vocals are very low and even the between-song talking is hard to make out. Billy's bass is audible but boomy and Mitch is barely heard at all. The taper may have been off to the side or behind the stage as even the guitar, while most prominent, sounds distant and ambient. Tape hiss, speed fluctuations and phasing don't help either. There are cuts between most songs, in some cases clipping the starts.

The tape times out to a little over 40 minutes, a very short show if complete though tape cuts mean there could have been additional songs performed. There are anecdotal reports that Jimi rushed through the show, possibly in a bad mood due to hecklers (there are reports of a rowdy crowd and some destruction outside the venue by non ticketholders). Almost all between-song chat is cut or inaudible so it's hard to sense his general mood but some of the songs, especially later in the set, do seem faster and shorter than usual. The tape as commonly circulated ran quite fast but that's a very simple fix upon listening (assuming one has a pitch control on their tape or CD player- highly recommended if one is into the vintage stuff!) and even after pitch correction some of the tempos do seem a bit rushed. It's been reported by an eyewitness that he began the next nights show by saying he'd "make up for San Bernardino..." but exactly what, if anything, was wrong here remains a mystery.

(Setlist): All Along The Watchtower; Room Full of Mirrors; Machine Gun; Message to Love; Hear My Train; Foxy Lady; Hey Joe; Purple Haze; Voodoo Child (SR)

After some barely discernible words which suggest his oft-heard opening rap about forgetting everything else and building their own world, and a few melodic opening riffs, Jimi opens with a surprise- the second ever known live rendition of 'All Along The Watchtower' and the only known instance of Jimi opening a show with the song. The only previous known concert performance was with Noel, way back in Jan '69. He'd always avoided playing it when it was a hit single, despite many shouted requests at shows. Most of the parts from the Electric Ladyland classic are represented here, Jimi doing a nice job of replicating the various overdubs live (though he does leave out the final 'embellished chord' movement of the main solo). Throws in some nice guitar riffs along with the shouted title refrain at the end. AATW would go on to be performed at a half dozen of the remaining (documented) '70 shows.

Jimi introduces 'Room Full of Mirrors' by name, one of few audible stage comments. It gets a slightly extended solo section, going to some fast rhythm guitar comping (a bit like some old 'Killing Floor' intros) and a solo w/ wah that sounds for a sec like it could break into 'Gypsy Eyes'! Comes back to the "broken glass..." verse and finishes with a brief solo guitar break before the last chord. At almost 5 minutes it's the longest of our available live versions.

After a few inaudible spoken comments (perhaps mentioning soldiers fighting in San Berdoo?), 'Machine Gun' gets a brief free form guitar excursion before the intro proper w/ Jimi visiting his mellow flamenco-flavored meditation on E. Hard to tell exactly when/what Jimi is singing during the opening verses. Main solo comes at 4:30, Jimi getting into it nicely for a set highlight and Billy periodically revisiting the rumbling variation of the bass riff that we heard at the Baltimore show. Jimi manipulates the Univibe speed control at 5:50 (though at times it's hard to separate the 'swoosh' of the Univibe from the tape phasing!). He moves to some lower flowing, or legato, runs then goes to the secondary riff and last verse. Follows with some 'rockets red glare' style feedback w/ whammy, finishing with the 'wobbly' vibrato'ed notes and a few 'rat-a-tats'.

Sounds like he moves directly to the 'Message To Love' intro (could be a tape cut, if so it's not as obvious as most others here), with a brisk tempo. He delays beginning of second verse a few bars. Solo features a unique riff at 3:00 using some sliding intervals.

A tape cut puts us into the first notes of 'Hear My Train'. He doesn't do much soloing at start and is into the vocals by :45. The solo starts with the wah at 2:00 and is very short, only a minute or so, before he returns to the "gonna leave this town..." verse. Billy tries out a bass line variation just after that verse. It ends quite suddenly after a little more soloing at 5:20, one of the shorter concert renditions.

Another tape cut before 'Foxy'. Uses teeth for part of the main solo.

'Hey Joe' gets cut *very* short, ending just after the chromatic climb at the end of the solo for a time of only about 1:45. Perhaps sensing a short version coming on, he gets the 'I Feel Fine' quote out of the way during the first few lines of verse!

Yet another tape cut takes into the start of 'Purple Haze'. Atypically appears this night w/o 'Star Spangled Banner', unless the national anthem did not get recorded. Jimi misses a couple of his target notes and bends near the end, perhaps evidence of distraction(s).

VC(SR) again has the recently revived 'muted wah' intro. Some of Jimi's fills sound twangy, almost rockabilly. The last solo breaks down to some rhythmic strumming and he does the 'Keep On Groovin' verse at 5:20. He restates the intro riff and the tape ends just as he begins the 'dental coda'.



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  25. A partir de Chris Dixon 30o aniversario de la serie CS © Dixon
    20 de junio 2000 se cumplen 30 años desde 1970 el concierto de Jimi en el Auditorio de Swing en San Bernardino, California. Jimi hizo 4 conciertos en los EE.UU. occidental en esta semana, pero esta es la única que existe en la cinta a partir de ahora (jugó Albuquerque la noche anterior, Ventura (Ca) el día después, y Denver tres días más tarde).

    La cinta de esta noche es una desgracia bastante duro escuchar. Es bastante distorsionada y aparentemente fue grabado desde cierta distancia, ya que se enturbió aún más por la acústica de sala. La voz de Jimi son muy bajos e incluso la conversación entre-canción es difícil de distinguir. El bajo de Billy es audible pero retumbante y Mitch apenas se escuchó en absoluto. El estrechamiento puede haber sido a un lado o detrás del escenario, ya que incluso la guitarra, mientras más prominente, los sonidos distantes y ambiente. Siseo de cinta, las fluctuaciones de velocidad y eliminación gradual tampoco ayudan. Hay cortes entre la mayoría de las canciones, en algunos casos de recorte las aperturas.

    Los tiempos de cinta fuera de un poco más de 40 minutos, un tiempo muy corto espectáculo si completas aunque cortes de cinta significan podría haber habido canciones adicionales realizados. Hay informes anecdóticos de que Jimi precipitó a través de la serie, posiblemente en un mal estado de ánimo debido a provocadores (hay informes de una multitud ruidosa y un poco de destrucción fuera de la sede de los no compradores del ticket). Casi todo entre-canción de chat se corta o inaudibles por lo que es difícil de percibir su estado de ánimo general, pero algunas de las canciones, especialmente tarde en el conjunto, no parece más rápido y más corto de lo habitual. La cinta como comúnmente circulado corrió muy rápido pero eso es una muy simple solución al escuchar (suponiendo que se tiene un control de paso en su cinta o CD player- muy recomendable si uno está en las cosas vintage!) E incluso después de la corrección de tono algunos de los tempos no parece un poco de prisa. Se nos ha informado por un testigo ocular que empezó las próximas noches muestran diciendo que había "compensar San Bernardino ...", pero exactamente lo que, en todo caso, fue mal aquí sigue siendo un misterio.

    (Setlist): All Along The Watchtower; Room Full of Mirrors; Ametralladora; Mensaje de Amor; Hear My tren; Dama Astuta; Hey Joe; Purple Haze; Voodoo Child (SR)

    Después de algunas palabras apenas perceptibles que sugieren su rap abrir oído-oft por olvidar todo lo demás y la construcción de su propio mundo, y algunos riffs melódicos de apertura, Jimi se abre con una sorpresa- la segunda versión en vivo que ha conocido de "All Along The Watchtower" y la instancia única conocida de Jimi abrir un show con la canción. El único concierto anterior era conocido con Noel, allá por enero '69. Él había evitado siempre jugando cuando fue un golpe solo, a pesar de muchas peticiones en las ferias gritó. La mayoría de las partes de la clásica Electric Ladyland están representados aquí, Jimi haciendo un buen trabajo de replicar los diversos doblajes viven (aunque no deja de lado el movimiento final "acorde embellecido" del solista principal). Lanza en algunos riffs de guitarra agradables junto con el estribillo del título estaba cantado al final. AATW pasaría a ser realizado en una media docena de los restantes (documentados) '70 espectáculos.


  26. Jimi introduce 'Room Full of Mirrors "por su nombre, uno de los pocos comentarios audibles etapa. Se pone una sección en solitario ligeramente extendida, ir a algún guitarra rítmica rápida comping (un poco como un viejo 'Killing Floor' intros) y un solo de w / wah que suena por un segundo como que podría romperse en 'Gypsy Eyes'! Viene de nuevo a la "vidrios rotos ..." verso y termina con un breve descanso solo de guitarra antes de que el último acorde. En casi 5 minutos que es el más largo de nuestras versiones en vivo disponibles.

    Después de algunos comentarios inaudibles hablado (quizás mencionar soldados que luchan en San Bernardino?), 'Machine Gun' consigue un breve excursión forma de guitarra gratis antes de la introducción adecuada w / Jimi visitar a su suave meditación flamenco con sabor en E. Es difícil decir exactamente cuando / lo que Jimi está cantando durante los primeros versículos. Solista principal viene a las 4:30, Jimi entrar en ella muy bien para un destacado conjunto y Billy revisar periódicamente la variación retumbante del riff de bajo que hemos escuchado en el show de Baltimore. Jimi manipula el control de velocidad Univibe a las 5:50 (aunque a veces es difícil separar el 'swoosh' del Univibe de la eliminación gradual de cinta!). Se traslada a algún menor que fluye, o legato, corre luego va a la riff secundaria y último verso. Sigue con un poco de 'cohetes resplandor rojo' retroalimentación estilo w / golpe, terminando con las notas del "tambaleante" vibrato'ed y algunos "rata-a-tatuajes.

    Suena como él se mueve directamente al 'Mensaje To Love' intro (que podría ser un corte de cinta, si es así que no es tan obvio como la mayoría de los otros aquí), con un tempo rápido. Se retrasa inicio de segundo verso algunos bares. Solo cuenta con un riff único a las 3:00 el uso de algunos intervalos de deslizamiento.

    Un corte de cinta nos pone en las primeras notas de "Hear My Train '. Él no hace mucho solos en el arranque, y es en las voces de: 45. El solista comienza con el wah a las 2:00 y es muy corto, sólo un minuto o así, antes de que regrese a la "va a dejar esta ciudad ..." verso. Billy ensaya una variación línea de bajo justo después de que el verso. Se termina de repente después de un poco más solos a las 5:20, una de las entregas de conciertos más cortos.

    Otra cinta cortada antes 'Foxy'. Utiliza los dientes por parte del solista principal.

    'Hey Joe' se corta * muy * corta, terminando justo después de la subida cromática al final del solo por un tiempo de sólo aproximadamente 01:45. Quizás sintiendo una versión corta que se acerca, se pone el "I Feel Fine" cita fuera del camino durante los primeros versos!

    Sin embargo, otro corte de cinta tiene en el inicio de 'Purple Haze'. Aparece Atípicamente esta noche w / o 'Star Spangled Banner ", a menos que el himno nacional no consiguió grabar. Jimi pierde un par de sus notas de destino y se inclina hacia el final, tal vez la evidencia de la distracción (s).

    VC (SR) de nuevo tiene la intro 'wah silenciado' recientemente revivido. Algunos de Jimi de sonido gangoso llena, casi rockabilly. Los últimos se rompe solo por hasta cierto rasgueo rítmico y lo hace el 'Keep On Groovin' verso a las 5:20. Se reafirma el riff de introducción y la cinta termina justo cuando comienza la "coda dental '.