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Los Angeles Forum - April 26, 1969

With the 1970 studio recordings box and The Royal Albert Hall show(s) still on hold,
this new live release comes as compensation.
All of it has been officially released before but this time the recording has been mixed by Eddie Kramer.
Release has been announced for November 18th 2022.
More details in the Pothumous Live Releases section.





BBC Sessions
14 track vinyl
Target exclusive

An October 21st release for this single vinyl edition of 12 songs from the previously released BBC Session album.




Electric Lady Studios - A Jimi Hendrix Vision
(3 CD/1 Blu-ray & 5 LP/1 Blu-ray)
New release set for... when?

This release has perhaps been held up because of the legal case between the successors of Mitch and Noel and the Hendrix estate (but that hasn't stopped
the announcement of the LA Forum '69 live album mentioned further up).

More details in the Posthumous Studio Releases section.


Are You Experienced - UHQR 200g Clarity Vinyl from Acoustic Sounds

Other versions available also.
Details here


PARIS 67 - Dagger Records re-release on vinyl with 2 extra songs

A (Record Store Day 2021) re-release of the Paris Olympia tracks that were previously on the Dagger Records CD Paris 67/San Francisco 68
but this time including the two songs that had previously only been available in the purple box set.

See Posthumous live releases 2010+ section



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, snippets of the New York Pop Festival 1970, Jimi's last concert at Fehmarn Island, the Maui performance, Hollywood Bowl, L.A. Forum 69,.... Apart from that, he could also have been referring to the Royal Albert Hall 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":


 


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.

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HENDRIX - 1970: Day By Day

It's here at last. The latest book from Ben Valkhoff and Luigi Garuti, all about Jimi's last 9 months on the third stone from the sun.
It also features the best yet in-depth analysis of Jimi final hours (with help from yours truly - see the link to my page about Jimi's death further down).

Order it here

Also check out their other books:

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Jimi Hendrix en BD*
An interesting upgrade of the French comic book/graphic novel, which feaures 27 artists, each depicting episodes/moments in Jimi's life (all the scenarios are written by Olivier Petit).
This hardback re-edition is bigger and better printed (stronger blacks) than the previous edition. A few shorter stories that were in the first edition have been axed but this time, the added bonus is that
each story has an accompanying essay (by the French Hendrix specialist Yazid Manou) and many photos, so the book reads more like a short illustrated biography.
A few stories might have factual errors
(for example suggesting that Jeffery had something to do with Jimi's demise - utter nonsense) but Yazid's pieces keep things in historical context .
The stories themselves are illustrated in a multitude of styles so it's nice to have, even if one doesn't master the French language (an English version could follow later).
* BD = Bande Dessinée (comic strip)




The previous edition which had a much nicer front cover!


Note that the book is part of a series of multi-artist graphic novels about many other musicians (Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Clash, ACDC,...)

The publisher's website: Petit à Petit



Jimi Hendrix - Electric Requiem
This other graphic novel appeared before the book detailed above - coincidentally with a cover depicticting Jimi as the guitar gnasher.
This time the artwork is by Gianluca Maconi who also wrote the scenario with Mattia Colombara. The cover is by Giovanni Marinovich.
Review


Kiss The Sky
Yet another 2022 graphic novel of Jimi's life! Written by J.M. Dupont and drawn by Mezzo, this first volume (of two) recounts Jimi's early years,
from his birth (looking out of the belly-button window) right up to his life-changing flight to England in Sepember 1966.
All aspects of this troubled period of Jimi's short life have been well researched by the authors (with help from Yazid Manou again), covering his upbringing, his girlfriends,
his Sreaming Eagles training, the chitlin' circuit (Gorgeous George, Little Richard, Isleys,...) and New York (Curtis Knight, John Hammond, Linda Keith, Chas,...).
Mezzo's highly contrasted black and white artwork is lavish and dynamic with some clever image/text inserts (follow the link below to view some pages on the editor's website).
This is in French for now but other language versions should appear in the future. Looking forward to volume 2!

The publisher's website:
Kiss The Sky - Glenat






Jimi


A new book from the Hendrix Estate to celebrate Jimi's
80th Anniversay.








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






Modern Listener Guide: Jimi Hendrix
by Frank Moriarty


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

> Check out "The Book of the Future" section for reviews of albums released since publication of the book!







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 In Holland by Caesar Glebbeek/Univibes

A new book from the renowned Hendrix researcher.

Details here






Record Collector Presents HENDRIX

A 2021 Hendrix special from the UK magazine with a discography, rarity details, serial numbers, price estimations, interesting articles
and interviews with fellow Hendrix collectors!

Order details here.




Hendrix Now! Backstory of a Legend,
A Visual Spiritual Odyssey
by Noë Gold

This work by the founding editor of Guitar World has been in preparation for many years and will hopefully be published in the near future!
Details here


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JIMI HENDRIX TIMELINE
September 1966 - September 1970

Check out my new Hendrix timeline.




Finally...

Hendrix was NOT murdered

Read the proof that he wasn't




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