Black Friday books Hendrix, Joplin

Sets from Jimi Hendrix, Big Brother, the Zombies, Frank Zappa, Ween, and Stardeath and White Dwarfs top the psychedelic menu for Record Store Day's holiday edition, 2015. Other 1960s-vibed fare for Black Friday comes from Jeff Beck, Funkadelic, the Alan Parsons Project, NRBQ, MGMT and the Kinks. Also sure to interest collectors of the era's output is the 15th anniversary release of the "High Fidelity" soundtrack. Releases are all on vinyl and are Record Store Day exclusives unless noted (top section). Jimi Hendrix: Completists welcomed the CD release in 2006 of "Burning Desire," the Dagger label's collection of "authorized bootlegs" from the master guitarist's final years. Now Sony Legacy has the expanded vinyl version, on two LPs. First 5,000 are numbered. The Hendrix tracks were … [Read more...]

Hendrix’s Atlanta Pop Festival album ready

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival" is set for an Aug. 28 release. The live album will be offered by Sony Legacy in double-disc sets, both CD and 200-gram vinyl. It will be followed by a fall video release. Key tracks include "Straight Ahead," "Lover Man," "Message to Love" and "Stone Free." The track list appears to match the set list, and is in chronological order. "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)," the final song Hendrix played at the fest, does not appear to be included, however. (Hendrix stopped played midway through the song.) Hendrix performed July 4, 1970, at the second Atlanta International Pop Festival, which was in a field outside Byron, Ga. He was accompanied by Billy Cox (bass) and original Experience member Mitch Mitchell (drums). As many as … [Read more...]

Record Store Day ’15: Zombies, Doors, Sly

The Zombies, the Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, Captain Beefheart and Hawkwind lead the freak parade for Record Store Day 2015. Other goodies for psychedelic bin flippers include vinyl by Country Joe and the Fish, Todd Rundgren, Jeff Beck, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, Tomorrow, Sun Ra, Robert Plant, the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, the Flaming Lips and Frank Zappa. The eighth-annual event promoting indie record stores is now an unabashed celebration of the old-school vinyl format. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 18. The Zombies: What was to be the follow up to the psychedelic classic "Odessey and Oracle" never was. Officially. Now the "R.I.P. Album" has been unearthed for its "first legitimate vinyl release" by the Varese Sarabande label. The band had broken up the … [Read more...]

‘Cry of Love,’ ‘Rainbow Bridge’ return

The first two posthumous Jimi Hendrix albums, "The Cry of Love" and "Rainbow Bridge," are to resurface in September via official CD and vinyl editions. The 1971 albums include now-familiar tracks earmarked for the guitar god's "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" project, never completed or fully formed during Hendrix's lifetime. "Rainbow Bridge" has never been officially released on CD. "Cry of Love" was last issued on CD in 1992. Both have been newly remastered. The tracks from these two albums haven't exactly been MIA, however, as they've been released on various compilations, notably the 1997 "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" reconstruction. They include "Freedom," "Ezy Ryder," "Straight Ahead" and "Angel" ("The Cry of Love") and "Dolly Dagger," "Earth Blues," "Room Full of … [Read more...]

Hendrix archivist Alan Douglas dies

Alan Douglas, who oversaw the second wave of posthumous Jimi Hendrix albums, has died at age 82. Douglas, a friend of Hendrix, recently co-created the book "Starting at Zero," which told the psychedelic guitarist's story in his own words. Douglas remains a controversial figure in Hendrix circles, mostly owing to liberties taken during production work on the posthumous releases “Crash Landing” and “Midnight Lightning.” His tenure with the Hendrix material lasted for about two decades, beginning in 1974. Before that, Douglas was a producer of some note whose credits included jazz albums with Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus ("Money Jungle"), John McLaughlin and Eric Dolphy. He worked with LSD guru Timothy Leary on a book and album (on which Hendrix contributed some licks) and … [Read more...]

Hendrix lives Forever on U.S. stamp

A stamp honoring the psychedelic rock hero Jimi Hendrix goes on sale Thursday, the same day as a public unveiling at the South by Southwest music fest. The brightly colored stamp, by artist Rudy Gutierrez, shows the guitar master playing one of his white Stratocasters. He's decked out in a Sgt. Pepper military jacket, with full flowing Afro. Psychedelic, but clear-eyed in its presentation of the musician at work. "It was important to make the art accessible -- and to be true to the incredible combination of rawness and virtuosity that was Jimi Hendrix," the artist said in a press release. Hendrix joins '60s rocker Janis Joplin as a U.S. stamp star of 2014 (the Joplin stamp comes later in the year). The post office recently hailed Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, but its love of pop … [Read more...]

‘Miles at the Fillmore’: uncut 1970 brew

"Miles Runs the Voodoo Down," the song title went. And so he did, playing dark and spellbinding music in Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditoriums over a two-year period in the early 1970s. "You can hear that anger and darkness and the craziness of everything that was still in the air from the '60s when this music was made," says the guitarist Carlos Santana, a Fillmore regular and witness to the eruption of the electric Miles Davis. Even today, Santana remains awestruck by Davis' psychedelic proto-funk, as is made clear in his liner notes to a significant restoration of the old live album "Miles Davis at Fillmore" that's due from Columbia/Legacy in March. Davis' psychedelic period began, more or less, when "Bitches Brew" was recorded in 1969. He'd been absorbing psychedelic soundscapes, … [Read more...]

Beatles, T. Rex, Dead, Doors open 2014

The new year brings new collections starring the Beatles, T. Rex, the Doors, the Small Faces and, of course, the good old Grateful Dead. And there's word of a long-awaited audiophile release of a psychedelic masterpiece. Apple continues to rework the Beatles catalog, this time with a rerelease of the U.S. albums on Capitol. These albums still have their Baby Boomer fans, of course, but collectors offer a collective shrug at "The U.S. Albums" box set, as the discs reportedly offer little more than a shuffling of the remastered music from 2009. So no love for the Capitol engineers who sought to "Americanize" the lads' sounds with washes of reverb and bullshit Duophonic stereo. For the most part, you'll get the latest official U.K. versions of the songs, fashioned into what were … [Read more...]

Review: Hendrix book ‘Starting at Zero’

It would seem the laziest form of biography: String together a decade's worth of quotations, writings, diary entries, doped-up musings -- and call it a book. That's what Alan Douglas and Peter Neal did in "Jimi Hendrix: Starting at Zero." Yet, somehow, what results is a fascinating self-portrait, the closest we'll get to an autobiography of the psychedelic guitar revolutionary. The book originally was titled "Room Full of Mirrors," a telling description. Presented chronologically, "Starting at Zero" begins with the familiar boyhood stories out of Seattle: "School was nothing for me. ... Jesus! I couldn't stand it at home." It ends shortly before his death, with the fateful quote: "When I die, just keep on playing the records." Sure enough, here almost a half century after the … [Read more...]

Experience Hendrix Tour rides again

Billy Cox once again leads the Experience Hendrix Tour on a nationwide swing beginning in March. The lineup will be familiar, but vibrant nonetheless. Notable Hendrix tour veterans include Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Jonny Lang, Eric Gales, Eric Johnson, and Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Cox, a longtime friend of Jimi Hendrix and a member of Band of Gypsys, provides authenticity on bass. The other half of the rhythm section is Chris Layton (Double Trouble). Performers do songs in the spirit of Hendrix, most of them written by the master. The artists get solo spots, sometimes with other billed performers supporting them. The axemen won't all be stars. Experience Hendrix LLC is running a talent contest with the top prize a slot on the tour, all … [Read more...]

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