JIMI HENDRIX
West Coast Seattle Boy
(Legacy / Experience Hendrix)

 

Hot on the heels of the back catalog of Jimi Hendrix being taken over by Legacy, the reissue arm of Sony / Columbia Records released a 5 disc box set called West Coast Seattle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology late in 2010. For long time fans who thought they’d heard everything, the box set release of West Coast Seattle Boy will be a true Hendrix revelation. As described in the press release, this latest Hendrix anthology reexamines Jimi’s transformation from R&B sideman to the world’s most celebrated rock guitarist. An amazing four hour collection of rare live and studio recordings, demos and alternate versions, the music here features a truly superbly compiled and remastered collection of tracks recorded by and/or featuring Jimi during all phases of his career, between 1964 and 1970. To appreciate just how far Jimi had taken rock music during those years give a listen to the 15 cuts on CD 1 here featuring Hendrix, the sideman supporting The Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Don Covay, King Curtis and many more. The alternate versions on the other three music CDs of the box offers a revealing insight into Jimi’s musical mind, with a myriad of Hendrix revelations like the lead off alternate version of “Fire” that starts off CD 2. In addition to the four CDs of rare and unreleased live and studio tracks, plus the 54 page booklet, there is disc 5, a DVD called Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child. A must see for Hendrix fans, this rare glimpse into who Jimi Hendrix really was offers an outstanding new for 2010, 90 minute video documentary directed by Bob Smeaton. The story and narration running throughout the movie, in Jimi’s own words, effectively looks, feels and sounds like a combination interview / cosmic diary, featuring the voice of Bootsy Collins, as Jimi. The DVD also merges in sizable segments featuring some of Jimi’s greatest music performances as well as rare and unseen interview footage and photos. For those looking for a taster of the 5 disc box set, there’s also a single disc best-of for West Coast Seattle Boy with and without the 2010 Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child DVD documentary and, get this—a deluxe edition of the box set presented on eight 12” vinyl LPs. When it rains it pours in Hendrix land and in tow to accompany this major 5 disc West Coast Seattle Boy box set are other Hendrix classics overhauled, this time by Legacy, once again including The Jimi Hendrix Experience - BBC Sessions (a new multi-panel digi-pak version of the original 37 track, 2 CD set spanning 1967-’69 plus a third disc, a DVD with a 30 minute documentary featuring performance and interview footage), Jimi Hendrix - Blues (reissue of 1994 release featuring eleven Hendrix blues-based tracks with 36 page booklet and 30 minute DVD feature -“Jimi Hendrix And The Blues” from the acclaimed Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues series), and Live At Woodstock (two CD set of Jimi’s complete performance at the historic ‘69 Woodstock festival). All of these new for 2010 Legacy remasters are also available on good old black vinyl for those who are interested and for those who may think Jimi didn’t care about such things, there’s also yet another Legacy CD / 10” green vinyl Lp release of Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year (the Jimi Hendrix “seasonal” single featuring the famous 1969 medley of “Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night,” and “Auld Lang Syne” backed up with “Three Little Bears.”) www.AuthenticHendrix.com / www.LegacyRecordings.com

 

 
   
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