Johnny B. Goode (album)

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Johnny B. Goode: An Original Video Soundtrack
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Live album by
ReleasedJune 1986 (1986-06)
  • May 30, 1970
  • July 4, 1970
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Johnny B. Goode is a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix released in June 1986. It contains three songs from Hendrix's performance at the 1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival on July 4, 1970, and two songs from Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970.[1]

Marketed as a "mini LP" soundtrack, it was released at the same time as a video album with the same title, but with more performances from Atlanta Pop.[2] More complete performances from both concerts were released on Live at Berkeley (2003) and Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival (2015) (see Jimi Hendrix videography for more information about video releases).

Critical reception[]

In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau gave Johnny B. Goode an "A–" and called it "vivid testimony to the uses of digital mastering for archival music", finding the sound particularly "powerful" on side one. He highlighted the "intense" rendition of "All Along the Watchtower" and "Johnny B. Goode", writing that Hendrix's performance of the latter song is "the definitive version of the definitive guitar anthem".[3] Paul Evans gave it three-and-a-half stars in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992).[4]

Track listing[]

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (edit)"July 4 1970, Atlanta International Pop Festival4:30
2."Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry)May 5 1970, Berkeley Community Theatre (1st Show)3:55
3."All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan)July 4 1970, Atlanta International Pop Festival3:57
Side two
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
4."The Star Spangled Banner" (John Stafford Smith, Francis Scott Key, arranged by Hendrix)July 4 1970, Atlanta International Pop Festival2:46
5."Machine Gun"May 5 1970, Berkeley Community Theatre (2nd Show)11:00



  1. ^ Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Cesar (1990). Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy. New York City: St. Martin's Press. p. 553. ISBN 0-312-05861-6.
  2. ^ Roby, Steven (2002). Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix. New York City: Billboard Books. pp. 250–251. ISBN 0-8230-7854-X.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 24, 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Evans, Paul (1992). "Jimi Hendrix". In DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly (eds.). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 315. ISBN 0679737294.

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