Hear My Train a Comin' isn't the first documentary on Jimi Hendrix, but it may be the best. Originally produced for PBS' acclaimed American Masters, the film continues that series' tradition of artistic, dignified storytelling. With creative use of graphics, including samples of Hendrix's handwritten lyrics, and on-camera interviews with key figures both professional (Eddie Kramer, Billy Cox, Chas Chandler) and personal (Linda Keith, Fayne Pridgon, Paul McCartney), UK director Bob Smeaton (Festival Express) paints a colorful portrait of the superhero guitarist as a dedicated artiste. Smeaton pays scant attention to the more scandalous side of Southpaw's career, his numerous dalliances with women and drugs mentioned more in passing than as essential episodes. Instead, he concentrates on what made Hendrix famous in the first place: his music. Even better, the DVD includes footage of several Hendrix festival performances, including his final show at Germany's Love & Peace Festival. Essential for fans.
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