Thứ Bảy, 10 tháng 9, 2011

Hendrix Catalog Project Continues With Four New Releases

Hendrix Catalog Project Continues With Four New Releases
CD and DVD retrospectives out Sept. 13 include rare tracks and footage

A quartet of new titles in the monumental Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project will become available on Sept. 13. All four focus on Hendrix as a concert performer and thoroughly document his electrifying skill and stage presence.

The releases include a four-disc deluxe box set titled Winterland, an expanded edition of Hendrix in the West, DVD Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight and Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show, which presents all of Hendrix’s appearances on the famous talk show.

Winterland (see track list below) will be available in three formats—a four-disc deluxe box set, a vinyl audiophile deluxe box set (eight 12” 180-gram LPs), and a single-disc “highlights” CD. Its material is culled from six shows recorded on Oct. 10, 11 and 12, 1968, at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. These special performances celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and came just as groundbreaking album Electric Ladyland was released.

This special deluxe box set features never-before-released music from each of the six Winterland performances (the standard and deluxe editions of Winterland differ distinctly from a long out-of-print single-disc compilation briefly issued by Rykodisc in 1987 and 1988). Featured are rare live versions of “Manic Depression,” “Are You Experienced?” “Tax Free,” and “Little Wing” not found on other Sony Legacy releases, and dramatic interpretations of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” (with Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady joining the Experience) and Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.”

The deluxe edition also presents a rare interview with Hendrix recorded backstage at the Boston Garden a few weeks after the Winterland performances, and a 36-page booked with previously unpublished photos and an essay by Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.

Amazon will offer an exclusive bonus CD to be included with all orders for the four-CD and eight-LP Winterlandbox sets purchased through it during 2011. This disc contains four songs from a Feb. 4, 1968, Hendrix Winterland performance—“Killing Floor,” “Red House,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy (Part One)” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy (Part Two).” These tracks were previously available only on rare bootleg Paris ’67/San Francisco ’68, and have never been available for retail sale.

Hendrix in the West (see track list below) will be available as single CD or a vinyl audiophile edition (two 12” 180-gram LPs). Consisting of material recorded at venues and events including the Berkeley Community Theatre, the San Diego Sports Arena and the Isle of Wight Festival, it captures the guitarist exploring new directions in 1969 and 1970.

Out of print in the United States since 1974 and more than two decades abroad, Hendrix in the West is one of the most sought-after but elusive albums. It’s being reissued here as an expanded single disc featuring five previously unavailable additional performances. The album includes a 24-page book of rare and previously unseen images by photographer Jim Marshall.

The Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight DVD expands the definitive presentation of Hendrix’s historic performance at the August 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Directed by Oscar-winning U.S. documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner, this special reissue runs more than 180 minutes and features a newly created special features section that lets viewers access different camera angles during “All Along the Watchtower,” “Spanish Castle Magic,” “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Foxy Lady” and others.

The expanded Blue Wild Angel also features newly discovered footage of Hendrix’s Isle of Wight performance of “Hey Joe,” the single that launched his career in England in 1966. The DVD features stereo and 5.1 surround soundtracks mixed by original Hendrix recording engineer Eddie Kramer.

Finally, the Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show DVD contains all Hendrix’s appearances on Cavett’s popular talk show. Hendrix made his U.S. network television debut on the program, and this special 90-minute documentary features complete live performances of “Izabella,” “Machine Gun,” and “Hear My Train a Comin’,” plus interviews with Cavett, Experience members Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox, and others.

Cavett’s interviews with Hendrix touched on a variety of personal and professional subjects, from the guitarist’s stint as a U.S. Army paratrooper to his famous rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair. This deluxe edition also includes a new behind-the scenes-documentary.

Winterland track list (four-disc deluxe box set):

Disc one (Oct. 10, 1968):
 Tax Free, Lover Man, Sunshine of Your Love, Hear My Train a Comin’, Killing Floor, Foxy Lady, Hey Joe, The Star-Spangled Banner, Purple Haze

Disc two (Oct. 11, 1968): Tax Free, Like a Rolling Stone, Lover Man, Hey Joe, Fire, Foxy Lady, Are You Experienced?, Red House, Purple Haze

Disc three (Oct. 12, 1968): Fire, Lover Man, Like a Rolling Stone, Manic Depression, Sunshine of Your Love, Little Wing, Spanish Castle Magic, Red House, Hey Joe, Purple Haze, Wild Thing

Disc four (bonus): Foxy Lady, Are You Experienced?, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Red House, The Star-Spangled Banner, Purple Haze, Boston Garden backstage interview

Hendrix in the West track list: The Queen, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Little Wing, Fire, I Don’t Live Today, Spanish Castle Magic, Red House, Johnny B. Goode, Lover Man, Blue Suede Shoes, Voodoo Child (Slight Return)