Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings Launching Third Wave Of Releases In Monumental Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project
Monumental Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project With New Cd Edition Of Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix, Definitive Versions Of South Saturn Deltand Grammy Winning Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsys (Live At Fillmore East), Limited Edition “Fire”/”Touch You” Single & More
Available Everywhere Tuesday, April 12
The next round of titles from the artist Rolling Stone magazine called “the greatest guitarist of all time” will include the first Legacy edition of Power Of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, an all-star celebration bringing together 16 high octane performances of best-loved tracks from the Hendrix songbook performed by a who’s who of classic and contemporary sounds.
The third wave of Legacy Hendrix reissues offers the definitive edition of the career-spanning posthumous album South Saturn Delta; a deluxe DVD edition of Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys (Live at Fillmore East), winner of the 1999 Best Long Form Music Video Grammy; and “Fire” c/w “Touch You” a limited edition single available on 7″ vinyl and CD (with a third unreleased track), struck in celebration of nationwide Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16.
Another Record Store Day-related release is “Fire” c/w “Touch You.” This limited edition Jimi Hendrix Experience 7″ vinyl single includes an unreleased alternate recording of “Fire” (taken from the West Coast Seattle Boy box set) coupled with “Touch You,” a previously unreleased track recorded at London’s Olympic Studios on December 20, 1967. The CD version of the single includes a third rare track, “Cat Talking To Me,” recorded in June 1967.
Power Of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
The first Hendrix tribute album to be curated under the auspices of Experience Hendrix LLC, Power Of Soul includes interpretations of the master by Musiq Soulchild (“Are You Experienced?”), Santana (“Spanish Castle Magic”), Prince (“Purple House”), Sting (“The Wind Cries Mary”), Earth, Wind & Fire (“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”), Bootsy Collins (“Power Of Soul”), Eric Clapton (“Burning of the Midnight Lamp”), Lenny Kravitz (“Have You Ever Been To (Electric Ladyland)”), Devoted Spirits (“Who Knows”), Robert Randolph (“Purple Haze”), Chaka Khan & Kenny Olson (“Little Wing”), Sounds of Blackness (“Castles Made of Sand”), Eric Gales (“May This Be Love”), Cee Lo Green (“Foxey Lady”), John Lee Hooker (“Red House”) and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (“Little Wing/3rd Stone From The Sun” (live)).
A special CD single comprised of three tracks — “Foxey Lady” (Cee Lo Green), “Spanish Castle Magic” (Carlos Santana), — from the Legacy Recordings release Power of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix, coupled with a previously unreleased live version of “Purple Haze” by Robert Randolph & The Slide Brothers that was recorded at Atlanta’s Fox Theater during last year’s edition of the Experience Hendrix tour will also be available April 12 in conjunction with Record Store Day.
South Saturn Delta (12″ vinyl and CD)
Originally released in 1997, South Saturn Delta is a collection encompassing every incarnation of Jimi Hendrix’s recording career — including both versions of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, his expanded Woodstock ensemble Gypsy Sun & Rainbows, and the Band of Gypsys. The album brings together 15 distinct studio performances, 65 minutes of rare and previously unreleased music.
Alongside lost gems as “Tax Free,” “Look Over Yonder,” and “Pali Gap” stand previously unreleased recordings including “Here He Comes (Lover Man),” “Message To The Universe” and “Midnight Lightning.” From demo recordings to finished masters, the guitarist’s wide embrace of blues, ballads, rock R&B and jazz is celebrated throughout the album which includes a 24 page full color booklet with rare photos, credits and comprehensive liner notes.
Providing new insights into Hendrix’s creative process and unique approach to recording, South Saturn Delta showcases the development of signature songs like “Little Wing,” “All Along The Watchtower” and “Angel” while “Power of Soul” and the jazz-influenced title track, among others, represent the guitarist’s tantalizing first forays beyond the frontiers of jazz and funk.
South Saturn Delta will be available in a limited double 12″ vinyl edition.
Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys (Live At Fillmore East) (DVD)
Winner of the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video (1999), the Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys (Live At Fillmore East) DVD includes an 83 minute documentary tracing the revolutionary impact Hendrix’s Band Of Gypsys had on rock, R&B and funk. The story of this groundbreaking music is told in interviews with Jimi and, for the first time, all four of his band mates: Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Also contributing are Lenny Kravitz, Vernon Reid and Slash.
Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsys (Live At Fillmore East) features the only known footage of the group in concert, including Jimi’s stunning and devastating performance of “Machine Gun”. In addition to the documentary footage, the new Legacy edition premieres exclusive bonus material not found on previous versions including black & white video footage as well as stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes of the group’s historic Fillmore East performance on New Year’s Day 1970. The bonus footage includes a killer “Foxey Lady” and rarely performed live versions of “Power Of Soul,” “Stepping Stone” and “Who Knows.”
* * * * *
The 2011 edition of the Experience Hendrix concert tour, presented by Fender guitars, launches in May with an all-star lineup of musical greats paying homage to the abiding genius of Jimi Hendrix. This year’s tour will include performances by Billy Cox, Steve Vai, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas [Los Lobos], Keb’ Mo, Eric Johnson, North Mississippi All Stars, Brad Whitford [Aerosmith], Living Colour, Ernie Isley, Chris Layton [SRV & Double Trouble], Indigenous and many additional special guests to be announced.
Initial 2011 Experience Hendrix tour dates include:
5/20 Las Vegas, NV Hilton Theater
5/22 Dana Point, CA Doheny Festival
5/23 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
5/24 Tucson, Arizona TBA
5/26 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
5/27 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort
5/28 Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Blues Festival
5/29 San Luis Obispo, CA Avila Beach Blues Festival
Massively popular with fans and critics alike, the 2010 Experience Hendrix tour inspired
Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic to rave, “It was encouraging to see fans of all ages, from teens to baby boomers who witnessed Hendrix’s career launch firsthand, in the Mesa crowd. The show and that crowd made it clear that Hendrix’s magical music will never die.”
Dan Durchholz, covering the tour for the St. Louis Post Dispatch marveled at how “…the Experience Hendrix tour showed just how pervasive (Hendrix’s) influence continues to be. The three-hour show featured an all-star lineup from a variety of musical traditions, united by a collective debt to the iconic artist’s songs, showmanship and trailblazing technique. Despite its creator’s demise decades ago, Hendrix’s music is still alive and well.”
Experience Hendrix bassist Billy Cox — who first befriended Hendrix in the 101st Airborne Division of U.S. Army, played in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys and performed with Hendrix at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight — is delighted to play a part in the current tour saying,”It’s a thrill for me to play Jimi’s music for audiences now as it was in the 1960s.”
For more information, visit www.jimihendrix.com
PBS will air a broadcast version of the concert film, “Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock,” during March Pledge Week. Originally released on VHS in 1994, “Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock” was reissued last year in a special two-disc DVD package featuring all of the existing film footage from Jimi’s unforgettable August 1969 Woodstock concert newly re-edited and presented uninterrupted and in its original performance sequence. Please check your local listings for more information on the PBS Pledge Week schedule.
Legacy’s first round of Jimi Hendrix releases opened with the release of Valleys of Neptune, a long-awaited album of previously unavailable Jimi Hendrix studio recordings, which debuted on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart at #4 while four additional Hendrix catalog titles — Are You Experienced (#44), Electric Ladyland (#60), First Rays of the New Rising Sun (#63), and Axis: Bold As Love (#67) — rocketed back into the Billboard 200 four decades after their original release dates. A testimony to the enduring vitality and importance of the trailblazing artist-guitarist-performer, Jimi Hendrix had five albums in America’s Top 100 in March 2010.
The second wave of 2010 Jimi Hendrix titles culminated in the long awaited release of West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, a definitive career-spanning four CD box set tracking Hendrix’s remarkable journey from R&B sideman to international stardom. The deluxe set is filled with previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix Experience recordings plus demos, alternate takes and more. The newly curated and assembled Jimi Hendrix anthology will include a new Hendrix documentary directed by the Grammy award winning Bob Smeaton (Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, Beatles: The Studio Recordings).
More than 1,000,000 Jimi Hendrix albums were sold in 2010 alone.