Sinds deze week liggen er vier nieuwe titels van Jimi Hendrix in de winkel; als onderdeel van de samenwerking tussen Sony Music en Experience Hendrix. Dit zijn Winterland, Hendrix in The West, The Dick Cavett Show (DVD) en Blue Wild Angel – Live At The Isle Of Wight (DVD). Elk van deze titels heeft een uniek verhaal en vertelt een ‘hoofdstuk’ uit het leven van de legendarische Amerikaanse gitarist.

Winterland, een set van 4 discs in een boek uitgave, “is drawn from six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at San Francisco’s historic Winterland Ballroom. These special performances celebrated the two year anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and came just as the groundbreaking album Electric Ladyland was released.Winterland presents some of Hendrix’s most spectacular guitar work and the set is filled with rare live versions of classic songs such as “Manic Depression,” “Are You Experienced?,” “Tax Free,” and “Little Wing” that are not part of any other Sony Legacy release.

Fans will also enjoy Hendrix’s dramatic interpretations of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” [with the Experience joined by Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady]as well his rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” which has been selected as the lead track for this special release.”

Het album Hendrix In The West is een klassieker die nu eindelijk weer verkrijgbaar is: “Consisting of live material recorded at venues ranging from the Berkeley Community Theatre and the San Diego Sports Arena to the Isle of Wight Festival, Hendrix In The West captures the guitarist exploring new directions in sound during 1969-70. Robert Christgau, the Dean of American Rock Critics, called Hendrix’s versions of “Red House” and, “Johnny B. Goode” on this album “definitive.” Out of print in the US since 1974 and for more than two decades internationally, Hendrix In The West has remained one of the most requested albums by fans to return to the commercial marketplace.”

Daarnaast worden er ook twee DVD’s van Hendrix uitgebracht. De eerste, Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix At The Isle Of Wight is “Exquisitely directed by Academy Award-winning American documentary/experimental filmmaker Murray Lerner. This special reissue now runs more than 180 minutes and features a newly created special features section that allows viewers to view individual camera angles of selected performances. Hendrix fans can now select individual camera angles to focus on the guitarist’s incomparable fretwork and technique during such signature songs as “All Along The Watchtower,” “Spanish Castle Magic,” “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Foxey Lady,” and more.”

De tweede DVD titel, Jimi Hendrix at The Dick Cavett Show, is een complete verzamling van Jimi’s beroemde verschijningen op de Dick Cavett Show. “The Dick Cavett Show marked Jimi’s US network television debut and this special documentary, directed by multiple Grammy Award winner Bob Smeaton [Beatles Anthology, Band Of Gypsys], features complete live performances of “Izabella”, “Machine Gun”, and “Hear My Train A Comin'” as well as new interviews with Cavett, Experience band members Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox, and others. Jimi’s own insightful interviews with Cavett touched upon a variety of personal and professional issues ranging from his stint as a US Army paratrooper to his celebrated rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Woodstock Festival. These conversations with Cavett helped reveal the humor, passion, and intelligence of the man behind such rock classics as Are You Experienced and Electric Ladyland.”

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