Country Joe, Procol Harum boxes in Q1’s stash

The year 2018 starts off with a bang for psychedelic music lovers, with carefully crafted archival releases on the horizon from Country Joe and the Fish, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum and Todd Rundgren. Other psychedelic/1960s product set for the year's first quarter includes vintage works from Spirit, Ultimate Spinach, Hawkwind, the Doors and Moondog. Country Joe and the Fish weren't exactly one-hit wonders, but it's fair to say they never revisited the highs of their groundbreaking debut album -- a stunning and seminal slab of psychedelic rock. "Electric Music for the Mind and Body" received a splendid and much-needed reissue on CD mid-decade. Now comes a box set chronicling the band's breakout year of 1967. The four LP "The Wave of Electrical Sound" includes both mono and stereo … [Read more...]

Hendrix hot in 2018: New ‘Sky’ set, 2 SACDs

The final chapter of what's being called a Jimi Hendrix unreleased-track trilogy lands March 9. "Both Sides of the Sky" features 10 recordings that the Hendrix estate says have never been released, along with three others. Later in the year come the highly anticipated rereleases of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's first two studio albums -- "Are You Experienced" and "Axis: Bold as Love" -- on the audiophile SACD format. "Axis" also will see a limited release on the Ultra High Quality Record vinyl format. Those rereleases will be remastered by Bernie Grundman "from the original analog master tapes" via Analogue Productions. "Both Sides of the Sky" follows the Hendrix estate's albums "Valleys of Neptune" (2010) and "People, Hell and Angels" (2013). Both of those collections of … [Read more...]

Criterion preps restored ‘Monterey Pop’ set

D.A. Pennebaker's "Monterey Pop" gets a second encore in the Criterion Collection come December -- this time featuring a new 4k restoration. Janus Films' upgraded version of "Monterey Pop" premiered in cinemas last June as part of the seminal music festival's 50th anniversary. The new Criterion discs are set for a Dec. 12 release. The Criterion Collection first gave "Monterey Pop" its due back in 2006 with a carefully crafted DVD box set. Then, the connoisseur label returned to "Monterey" in 2009 with a Blu-ray featuring high definition video and surround sound. The latest version -- again, "The Complete Monterey Pop Festival" -- comes as a "collector's set" with two discs of the documentary film and extras, as well as another disc with the companion concerts "Jimi Plays … [Read more...]

Hendrix family re-ups with Sony Music unit

The Jimi Hendrix family has renewed its licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment. The partnership dates back to 2009 and covers the "ongoing curation" and output of the late guitarist's catalog and archives. Legacy Recordings, SME's catalog division, and Experience Hendrix LLC have released a steady stream of albums drawn from Hendrix's unreleased recordings and live work. They include "Valleys of Neptune" (2010), the box set "West Coast Seattle Boy" (2013), "People, Hell and Angels" (2013) and "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69" (2016). The releases, though not without attendant controversy, brought order to what had been a crazy quilt of albums released in the decades after the musician's death. "Sony, through Legacy Recordings, has proven their … [Read more...]

Doors, Dead, Cream debuts turn 50

1967 ushered in the psychedelic era, loudly announced by a series of historic recordings. Fifty years on, we're invited to celebrate the debut albums by the Doors, the Grateful Dead and Cream via splashy deluxe editions. Other key reissues due in the year's first quarter come from Soft Machine, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, the Yardbirds, Procol Harum and Pink Floyd. The Doors' debut album -- home of "Light My Fire" and "The End" -- returns March 31 in a three-CD plus LP package dubbed "The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition." The reissue features the compact disc premiere of the original mono mix, which also can be found on the box set's vinyl disc. The package includes a CD of the "The Matrix" live performance from March 1967, made up of eight songs from the debut album. … [Read more...]

Hendrix, Mothers cooking for Black Friday

Psychedelic music fans won't exactly be feasting, but get ready to tuck into servings both sweet and savory with this year's edition of Record Store Day: Black Friday. Top 1960s sonic explorers with goods on offer include Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, the Mothers of Invention, Timothy Leary and Sun Ra. Record Store Day's Black Friday edition dawns the day after Thanksgiving -- Friday, Nov. 25 -- at your favorite indie shops. Releases are on vinyl and are Record Store Day exclusives unless noted. Jimi Hendrix: "Morning Symphony Ideas" updates and abridges the Dagger Records release of 2000. This time it's three tracks that date back to 1969: the 9-minute "Jungle," "Room Full of Mirrors" and "Strato Strut." On 10-inch vinyl from Sony Legacy, limited to 3,000 copies. The Mothers of … [Read more...]

King Crimson, Zappa, Santana top Q4

Classics from King Crimson, Frank Zappa and Santana rule the list of psychedelic music rereleases for 2016's final quarter. Other key artists unwrapping product for the holiday season include the Doors, the Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Pink Floyd, Funkadelic and Yes. King Crimson delivers another floor-buckler with the massive "On (and Off) the Road" set -- 11 CDs, three DVD-A's, three Bluray audio discs and a pair of DVDs. "A complete overview of the enduringly popular 1980s incarnation of King Crimson." Set revolves around the albums "Discipline," "Beat," "Three of a Perfect Pair," which appear in several forms, including new Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp stereo mixes and 5.1 surround. Live tracks, outtakes, studio chatter, memorabilia, etc. Streeting for about $150. Also … [Read more...]

Hendrix ‘Machine Gun’ loaded for SACD

Jimi Hendrix's music makes its debut on the SACD and high-resolution digital formats with September's release of "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69." While artists such as Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra have been the subject of major SACD release campaigns, Hendrix's catalog remains mostly limited to CD, vinyl and regular digital files. The move to release the new Band of Gypsys live set raises hopes that Hendrix's classic studio albums -- "Are You Experienced," "Axis: Bold as Love" and "Electric Ladyland" -- will emerge in the audiophile SACD format. Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings (Sony) are releasing the album, along with a rerelease of the "People, Hell & Angels" posthumous collection that includes SACD and high-res digital. Analogue Productions is … [Read more...]

Record Store Day ’16: Doors, Hendrix, Prunes

The usual and unusual suspects populate Record Store Day 2016, keyed by releases from psychedelic stars the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the 13th Floor Elevators and Frank Zappa. From the fringes come the space rock of Sun Ra, offbeat freakbeat from Britain, ragas from Ravi Shankar and Japanese "Monster a Go-Go." Record Store Day 2016 is Saturday, April 16. Releases are all on vinyl and are Record Store Day exclusives unless noted (top section). The Doors: "Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance" chronicles the band's first night at the Hollywood venue, summer of 1969. Three LPs. Tracks include "Soul Kitchen," "Mystery Train/Crossroads" and "Who Do You Love." Rhino, on blue vinyl. 5,000 copies. Previously released on CD. The Doors: Live version of "Roadhouse Blues" backed with "A … [Read more...]

Psychedelic culture on display in London

Granny (and Granddad) can take a trip again in London, with the debut of a major psychedelic exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum, hailed as the world's leading museum of art and design. Opening in September, the exhibition "You Say You Want a Revolution? Records & Rebels 1966-70" includes a re-creation of the the city's underground UFO Club, complete with psychedelic light show and a "3D sound installation." Pink Floyd was one of the house bands at the groundbreaking venue. Pink Floyd also performed at the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream in London, another LSD-splashed touchstone for the exhibition. Artifacts to be displayed at "You Say You Want a Revolution?" include shattered guitars played by Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend; suits worn by the Beatles on the cover of "Sgt. … [Read more...]

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