Experience Hendrix will unleash fourth wave of releases

Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings announced four new titles representing the fourth wave of releases in the monumental Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project, available everywhere Tuesday, September 13.

The fourth round of titles from the artist Rolling Stone magazine called “the greatest guitarist of all time” focuses on Hendrix the concert performer with four outstanding releases underscoring the artist’s electrifying on-stage prowess: Winterland (a 4 Disc Deluxe Box Set), Hendrix In The West (Expanded), Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight on DVD, and Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show (every Hendrix appearance on the celebrated talk show on DVD).

Jimi Hendrix Experience- Winterland (versions available: 4 Disc Deluxe Box Set or 8 12″ 180 gram Vinyl Audiophile LP Deluxe Box Set or 1 CD Winterland “Highlights”)

Winterland is drawn from six 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 four CD set (also available as eight 12″ vinyl LPs) 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.

This special deluxe box set features never before released music from each of the six unforgettable Winterland performances. The new standard and deluxe editions of Winterland are markedly different from a single disc compilation, long out of print, that was briefly issued by Rykodisc in 1987 and 1988.

The deluxe edition also presents a rare interview with Hendrix recorded backstage at the Boston Garden a few weeks after the Winterland performances. This previously unreleased bonus provides fans with a unique window into Hendrix’s views about his background, his approach to the guitar and songwriting and future direction of his music.

The deluxe edition also features a 36 page booked filled with previously unpublished images by acclaimed photographers Robert Knight, Allen Tannenbaum and Jim Marshall as well as an essay by noted Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.

The featured track, “Like A Rolling Stone,” will precede the album’s release as a CD and 7″ vinyl single coming out Tuesday, August 23 in the states (international release date: August 22). The single will also feature a previously unreleased live version of “Purple Haze” from the Winterland concerts that will not be featured on the box set.

Amazon will offer an exclusive bonus CD to be bundled with all orders of the four CD and 8 LP Winterland box sets sold through Amazon during 2011 consisting of recordings from Jimi’s February 4, 1968 Winterland performance: “Killing Floor,” “Red House,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy (Part One)” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy (Part Two).” These tracks have been previously available only as part of the rare Dagger Records official bootleg Paris ’67/San Francisco ’68 and have never been available for retail sale.

Tracklisting Jimi Hendrix Experience- Winterland (4 Disc Deluxe Box Set):

Disc One
10/10/68 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco
Tax Free
Lover Man
Sunshine of Your Love
Hear My Train A Comin’
Killing Floor
Foxey Lady
Hey Joe
Star Spangled Banner
Purple Haze

Disc Two
10/11/68 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco
Tax Free
Like a Rolling Stone
Lover Man
Hey Joe
Fire
Foxey Lady
Are You Experienced
Red House
Purple Haze

Disc Three
10/12/68 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco
Fire
Lover Man
Like a Rolling Stone
Manic Depression
Sunshine of Your Love
Little Wing
Spanish Castle Magic
Red House
Hey Joe
Purple Haze
Wild Thing

Disc Four
Bonus disc Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco
Foxy Lady
Are You Experienced
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Red House
Star Spangled Banner
Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix: Boston Garden Backstage Interview

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Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West – available as single CD or 2-Disc 12″ 180 gram Vinyl Audiophile LP Vinyl version
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 TheWest, has remained one of the most requested albums by fans to return to the commercial marketplace.

Hendrix In The West will be reissued as an expanded single disc featuring five additional, previously unavailable performances. The album’s iconic cover features a classic Jim Marshall photograph of the guitarist and the twenty-four page book is filled with rare and previously unseen images captured by Marshall’s distinctive lens. This expanded edition of Hendrix In The West will also be available on 12″ vinyl as a 2 LP set.

Tracklisting Hendrix In The West:
The Queen
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Little Wing
Fire
I Don’t Live Today
Spanish Castle Magic
Red House
Johnny B. Goode
Lover Man
Blue Suede Shoes
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

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Jimi Hendrix – Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix At The Isle Of Wight – DVD
Experience Hendrix has also expanded this definitive presentation of Jimi’s historic performance before 600,000 at the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970.

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.

This new definitive DVD edition also features newly discovered footage of Hendrix’s Isle Of Wight performance of “Hey Joe,” the single that launched his meteoric career in England in 1966.

Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight features both stereo and 5.1 surround soundtracks mixed by Eddie Kramer, Hendrix’s original recording engineer.

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Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show – DVD
The complete collection of Jimi Hendrix’s celebrated appearances on The Dick Cavett Show is now available on Legacy Recordings. 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.

This deluxe edition also includes a new, behind the scenes documentary. The Dick Cavett Show DVD runs 90 minutes total.

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