4CD/DVD Unreleased Hendrix Box Due

 

 

Career-spanning
collection dips all the way back to pre-Experience days.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Arriving Nov. 16 from Legacy Recordings and Experience
Hendrix LLC: West Coast Seattle Boy – The
Jimi Hendrix Anthology
, featuring more than four hours of rare and
previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix music on a 5 Disc (4 CD/1 DVD) deluxe box
set.

 

The career-spanning box set tracks Hendrix’s journey
from little known R&B sideman to international stardom through an unprecedented
assemblage of previously unavailable recordings.  West Coast Seattle Boy is not a collection of existing Jimi Hendrix
albums but instead 45 unreleased Jimi Hendrix live and studio recordings
including demos and alternate versions of songs from Are You Experienced, Axis:
Bold As Love
, and Electric Ladyland. West Coast Seattle Boy includes
Hendrix’s never before heard version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Tears Of Rage,” solo
acoustic recordings of Electric Ladyland favorites like “Long Hot Summer
Night” and “1983 (A Merman I Shall Turn To Be)” as well as never
before heard live performances from Berkeley and the legendary Band Of Gypsys
Fillmore East concert on New Year’s Eve 1969 combined together with such new
Hendrix songs as “Hear My Freedom,” “Hound Dog Blues,” “Lonely
Avenue” and more.

 

Include are demos, alternate takes, live concert jewels
and more — from all phases of the artist’s recording career (1964 -1970).
In particular, it offers the most complete
collection of Jimi’s pre-Experience R&B performances (including his singles
with the Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Don Covay, King Curtis and more) to
ever be officially anthologized, while bringing together the most comprehensive
set of fully realized songs, never before heard live performances, alternate studio
takes, acoustic and electric demos, and other rarities. See the tracklisting
for the four CDs, below.

 

It also includes Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child, a new 90
minute documentary directed by 
Grammy-winning Bob Smeaton (Beatles
Anthology, Festival Express, Beatles: The Studio Recordings, Band of Gypsys
). 
An autobiographical journey told in the musician’s own words as read by
Parliament-Funkadelic’s Bootsy Collins, the film incorporates interviews with
Hendrix, coupled with the artist’s letters, writings and recordings. The documentary
features some of Jimi’s greatest performances as well as rare and never before
seen footage and photos including, for the first time ever, examples from the
Hendrix family archive of the late guitarist’s personal drawings, postcards
home to his father, song drafts, sketches, and lyrics.

 

In a statement, Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of
Experience Hendrix and co-producer of the box, said, “Who better to
tell the incredible story of a man’s life than the man himself? Jimi was
amazing and only his music, with tones and textures that he conjured, can
capture the colorful and expansive essence of his time here on
earth.  I am enthralled with this all-encompassing new anthology which not
only illuminates his years on both sides of the Atlantic and beautifully
reveals his versatility as a performer, from his R&B origins to his
explosion on the pop culture scene, but highlights who he was for those who
knew and loved him. This vast exploration of my brother’s musical and life
experiences leaves no stone unturned and is sure to broaden our
understanding of who Jimi really was, not only as a legendary musician,
but also as a timeless messenger of love.”

 

Also arriving on November 16 from the artist Rolling
Stone magazine called “the greatest guitarist of all
time” are deluxe editions of Jimi
Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions
 and Jimi Hendrix: Blues, his legendary Live At Woodstock performance, and Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year, the highly collectible Jimi
Hendrix Christmas EP.

 

A single disc “Best Of” edition of West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix
Anthology 
will be available, with or without the Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child DVD
documentary.  West Coast
Seattle Boy
will also be available in a deluxe edition featuring 8 12″
vinyl LPs.

 

 

 

Included on Disc
One are the early years:

 

1. Isley Brothers – Testify
(1964)           
           
           
           
              
        

2. Don Covay & the Goodtimers – Mercy, Mercy (1964 – #1 Cashbox
R&B – #35 Billboard Hot
100)           
           
           
           
           
                       

3. Don Covay & the Goodtimers – Can’t Stay Away
(1964)           
           
           
          

4. Rosa Lee Brooks – My Diary (1965 – written by Arthur
Lee)

5. Rosa Lee Brooks – Utee
(1965)           
           
           
           
           
           
             

6. Little Richard – I Don’t Know What You Got But It’s
Got Me (1965)

7. Little Richard – Dancing All Around The World
(1965)           
           

8. Frank Howard & The Commanders – I’m So Glad (1966
– written by Billy
Cox)           

9. Isley Brothers – Move Over And Let Me Dance
(1965)           
           
                       

10. Isley Brothers – Have You Ever Been Disappointed
(1965)           
           
              

11. Ray Sharpe – Help Me (Get The Feeling) (Part I)
(1966)           
           
           
      

12. The Icemen – (My Girl) She’s A Fox
(1966)           
           
                       
           

13. Jimmy Norman – That Little Old Groovemaker (1966)           
           
           
          

14. Billy Lamont – Sweet Thang
(1968)           
           

15. King Curtis – Instant Groove (1969)

 

Disc Two focuses
on 1967-68 and Hendrix’s breakout sessions with the Jimi Hendrix Experience:

 

1. Fire  (1967) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

2. Are You Experienced (1967)  – Previously
Unreleased Recording

3. May This Be Love (1967) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

4. Can You See Me (1967) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

5. Love Or Confusion  (1967) – Previously
Unreleased Alternate Recording

6. Little One (1967) – Previously Unreleased Recording
(featuring Dave Mason on sitar)

7. Mr. Bad Luck (1967) – Previously Unreleased Alternate
Recording

8. Cat Talking To Me (1967) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

9. Castles Made Of Sand (1967) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

10. Tears Of Rage (1968) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

11. Hear My Train A Comin’ (1968) – Previously
Unreleased Recording

12. 1983 (A Merman I Shall Turn To Be) (1968) –
Previously Unreleased Recording

13. Long Hot Summer Night (1968) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

14. My Friend (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording

15. Angel (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording

16. Calling All The Devil’s Children (1968) –
Previously Unreleased Recording

17. New Rising Sun (1968) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

 

Disc Three
revisits 1968-1969:

 

1. Hear My Freedom (1968) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

2. Room Full Of Mirrors (1969) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

3. Shame, Shame, Shame (1969) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

4. Messenger (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording

5. Hound Dog Blues (1969) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

6. Untitled Basic Track  (1968) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

7. Star Spangled Banner (1969) – Previously Unreleased
Original Mix

8. Purple Haze (1969) – Previously Unreleased Original
Mix

9. Young/Hendrix (1969) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

10. Mastermind (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording

11. Message To Love (1969) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

12. Fire (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording

13. Foxey Lady (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording

 

Disc Four opens
with Hendrix’s incendiary New Year’s Eve performance of “Stone Free”
at New York’s Fillmore East on December 31,
1969 and closes with a previously unheard recording from Hendrix alone in his Greenwich Village apartment in 1970:

 

1. Stone Free (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording

2. Burning Desire (1970) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

3. Lonely Avenue (1969) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

4. Everlasting First (1970) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording (featuring Arthur Lee)

5. Freedom (1970) – Previously Unreleased Recording

6. Peter Gunn/Catastrophe (1970) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

7. In From The Storm (1970) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

8. All God’s Children  (1970) – Previously
Unreleased Recording

9. Red House (1970) –  Previously Unreleased
Recording

10. Play That Riff [Thank You] (1970) – Previously
Unreleased Recording

11. Bolero (1970) – Previously Unreleased Alternate
Recording

12. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) – Previously Unreleased
Alternate Recording

13. Suddenly November Morning (1970) – Previously Unreleased
Recording

 

 

 

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