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STARTING AT ZERO - new film

A new film by Peter Neal which traces Jimi's career in his own words.
See DVD section (though the DVD won't be available for a while)

More info:
https://jimihendrixreturns.earth/


Hendrix was NOT murdered

Read the proof that he wasn't



Are You Experienced
Hybrid Stereo/Mono SACD remaster from Analogue Productions

We have already seen Bernie Grundman's excellent remasters of Axis Bold of Love, Electric Ladyland, Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge
and coming very soon (September? 18th?) will come his long awaited remaster of the U.S. version of Are You Experienced.

SACD layer: original Stereo and Mono mixes
CD layer: original Stereo mix only (dammit!)

Like with Axis (which will be re-released at the same time) this edition features a new booklet design.

Gord's Review










The Jimi Hendrix Experience at The Royal Albert Hall film - Coming soon?

 At The Royal Albert Hall on October 21st, 2019 there was a special, one night only screening of the long lost footage
of the Jimi Hendrix Experience live at The Royal Albert Hall (24th of February 1969).

Here is an eye-witness report from fellow Hendrix fan Jacek Witecki:

"I was in London recently, to see the one-off presentation of the famous/infamous Jimi Hendrix Experience  Albert Hall concert film. Janie Hendrix herself opened the presentation with short speech introducing Jerry Goldstein as a good friend (!). Then Mr. Goldstein talked about the historical facts surrounding the movie. He said that the film crew filmed Hendrix shows throughout Europe but the decision was made to concentrate on the Albert Hall performances because they would have better control of the technical conditions, to allow them to shoot good quality material.
When the film started, Goldstein continued s to make some remarks, using handheld microphone but fortunately he stopped after few minutes. He also said the film presented was rough edit but in my view, this version was very good. However still no mention about the film commercial release!


The best news to start with: it’s a completely new film compared to well-known bootleg version. No bad edits, no crazy camera zooming, no clouds floating on Little Wing, or any other infuriating effects.
The picture quality is shockingly good and the sound is even better. The sound was a little below average concert volume but quite loud anyway. The audience reaction was almost as enthusiastic as for a real show, with applause after solos, screaming, laughing, etc. A simply fantastic experience for me, as I didn’t have a chance to see Jimi when he was alive.

After a short presentation of Jimi’s life and career we see sequences from other European 1969 shows and then we are in London to see the concert preparations. We see Mitch’s limousine ride to the venue, with some funny commentary and Noel backstage, putting new strings on his bass plus many other sequences from the rehearsals,which have never seen before. Very nice! 
Fragments of the earlier 18th of February show (with rather dark concert lighting) were also shown to explain that they had decided to have another try on the 24th with full film lights in the hall.

T
hey have changed the original concert sequence a little, so the show begins with "Stone Free" as a strong opener. The songs are presented in full with many camera angles. There is almost the full concert with two main exceptions: no "Hear My Train A Comin" and "Bleeding Heart" is only heard in thebackground during Jimi’s conversation with sound engineers at the Royal Albert Hall recording room. Interesting but a bit disappointing move.

The Brook Street appartement party sequence with "Hound Dog" played in a bed is somewhere in the middle of the film. As we know, Jimi ends it abruptly, improvising some funny lyrics but there is a different take over final film credits, this time with the song completed (never before seen).

During the encore and the amp-smashing finale, when Jimi trashes a sunburst stratocaster, the guitar sound is a bit muffled but they managed somehow to smooth out tuning problems, so it sounds quite good. Some scenes from the after-party at The Speakeasy were also shown at the end.


The overall sound quality is very good (Eddie Kramer’s name is in credits as the new mix engineer), especially Mitch’s drum sound, which is powerful and majestic - far better than on the audio bootlegs and even the official releases of "Little Wing" and "Voodoo Chile" (the purple box, Hendrix In The West).


I have to say that the film made a strong impression on me. I thought I knew Jimi quite well but after seeing this performance I hadn't  realised just how phenomenal he really was. Definitely the guy was from a better planet, far from here.
All we can do now is wait for the film release.

This is the best filmed Jimi show I’ve ever seen and I think it will strongly impact many of us."

Trailer


A few years ago, the judges had ordered that the film remained in the vault until the legal proceedings were fully settled. Full story HERE)

Looks like some sort of agreement has been reached. We now await a further announcement that the film will appear in other theatres around the golobe and hopefully on DVD-Blu-ray soon!

More information about the Royal Albert Hall recordings




Further releases ?

Back in 2013, during an interview for the Elsewhere website (New Zealand) Eddie Kramer mentioned the plans to release some exciting Hendrix live shows.

"There will be a lot of great, no beyond great, amazing live shows, most of which were filmed." -  "...unreleased and maybe not even heard."

Since that interview, Experience Hendrix released Miami 68, Atlanta plus the snippets of the New York Pop Festival 1970
and Jimi's last concert at Fehmarn Island. Apart from that, he could also have been referring to the Royal Albert Hall and Maui filmed concerts.
Let's hope that there are other interesting things on the way after all that!

Read the interview here.




Black Gold?????

This is the most eagerly anticipated item in the vault.
Experience Hendrix have spoken of their intention to release this legendary personal demo tape by Jimi at sometime over the next decade.
  One track titled "Suddenly November Morning" appeared on the 2010 box set "West Coast Seattle Boy", leaving us hungry for more.

Here is more information about "Black Gold":
Black Gold



 


Jagger

The Hendrix/Jagger Tape?

On November 27th 1969, after dropping by to see The Rolling Stones at Madison Square Gardens, a party was thrown for Jimi at TV presenter Flip Wilson's apartment in the Hotel Navarro. After the party Jimi and Mick Jagger went round to the home of Deering Howe. They got the guitars out and with Howe on harmonica, the three of them played tracks from The Stones new album "Let It Bleed"! A proto "Dolly Dagger" was also captured on the tape machine which recorded the whole thing. The tape remains in the possession of Mr. Howe who promised to Mick that that was where it would remain (unfortunately for us).
Many thanks to Yazid Manou for bringing this information to us.


The Hendrix/ Zappa Tape?
There are apparently two tapes in the hand's of the Zappa Family trust which feature Jimi jamming with Frank. 
One tape is from a jam at the Garrick Theatre in 1967 and the other from a jam in Zappa's basement studio.
The Zappa estate own the tapes and have expressed interest in releasing the studio jam.
This hit the press a couple of years ago but nothing has been heard about it since.
Hey Dweezil, any news?

The Zappa Hendrix Strat is the Astoria Strat
New research by yours truly!





DAGGER RECORDS AVAILABLE

Don't forget to check on the official merchandising site to see which Dagger albums and others have been re-released.

Authentic Hendrix







THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE - Remaster

Deleted since the 90s this Alan Douglas commissioned Acid House album incorporating samples of Jimi's music and interview quotes
is back with multiple re-imaginings as bonus tracks on CDs and a hefty box set which includes a vinyl version and a DVD.

More details and order information here

...and on my review on my Tribute Albums page.







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Hear My Train A, Comin': The Songs Of Jimi Hendrix
by Kevin Le Gendre


Jimi is widely recognised as the greatest rock guitarist of all time but this interesting new book looks more specifically at Jimi the songwriter.
It's a brilliantly written deep dive into Jimi's musical universe exploring his musicianship, lyrics, arrangements, evolution, influences, legacy,...

Details here






F2  

Check out all the fantastic books from top Hendrix archivist Ben Valkhoff.

Order details here.









Modern Listener Guide: Jimi Hendrix
by Frank Moriarty


One of the best books ever about Jimi's recorded legacy.
Details here










Stone Free - Jimi Hendrix In London
September 1966 to June 1967
by Jas Obrecht


An interesting book from the award-winning journalist and former editior of Guitar Player magazine,
concentrating on Jimi's conquoring of Europe in 1966-67, up to his return to the U.S.A. at the Monterey Pop Festival.
A nice idea to do a step-by-step account of this exhilerating rise to fame before all the problems turned things sour.
Very well researched and rich with technical details for those interested in Jimi's gear and guitar techniques!

Details here










Jimi Hendrix - The Day I Was There
by Richard Houghton


An excellent collection of eye-witness accounts of Hendrix performances including many precious ones from the pre-Experience days!
This is a great read, giving so many little details about the various performances seen and also about how people thought, behaved, reacted
travelled, shopped,... many fascinating glimpses into the past.
I'm still progressing slowly through the book and I've come across various mentions of guitar burning, which haven't been detailed before (as far as I know).
It is generally acknowledged that Jimi set fire to a guitar only at the London Astoria and at Monterey but here, we have accounts of the stunt at :
Leeds, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Jacksonville, Washington, Ann Arbour, Bristol and Miami!



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Jimi Hendrix In Vienna by Rudy Kronfuss

A new book from the respected musician Rudy Kronfuss who is know for his exemplary interpretations of Hendrix songs.
T
he result of 46 years of research, the book is in English (with images of the original Austrian press cuttings which are in German, but each is translated).
 The book features more than 70 photos from the January 1969 show at Vienna - around 50 never seen/published before, plus a previously unpublished interview with Jimi!
Price is 15 euros - plus shipping costs.

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JIMI HENDRIX TIMELINE
September 1966 - September 1970

Check out my new Hendrix timeline.


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