Nov 17 2010

Released this week, West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology is a revelation, a classy box set with 4 CDs and a DVD documentary that chronologically details the short but unparalleled career of the greatest electric guitarist of all time. (CD1 contains Jimi’s sideman recordings with various soul artists.) MOJO spoke to engineer Eddie Kramer, who co-produced the new set with Janie Hendrix and John McDermott, by phone from his Los Angeles home. He’s an erudite man who began working with Hendrix in February 1967 on his first album Are You Experienced? and remained his sonic co-conspirator until Hendrix’s death in 1970. We also discussed Jimi’s work habits, the future that never happened, the commercial success of the “new” Hendrix album Valleys Of Neptune and briefly touched on the mythic Black Gold tape that some fans speak reverently of – though few have heard.

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