Grapevine: New Hendrix album, "Elvis" on DVD and more

12 unreleased Hendrix tracks coming in March

Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings launch their 2010 Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project Tuesday, March 9, with the release of Valleys Of Neptune, a newly curated album of 12 fully realized studio recordings, more than 60 minutes of music never commercially available on a Jimi Hendrix album.

Focusing on tracks recorded during a turbulent four-month period in 1969, Valleys Of Neptune unveils the original Jimi Hendrix Experience’s final studio recordings as the group lays down the foundation for its follow-up to Electric Ladyland, alongside the guitar superhero’s first sessions with bassist Billy Cox, an old army buddy he’d recruited into his new ensemble. The title track will be released as a single Feb. 2.

As part of the opening wave of releases for the Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project, Legacy will also release new deluxe CD/DVD editions of Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland and First Rays Of The New Rising Sun, also available on vinyl, on March 9.

Each of the Legacy reissues will feature a bonus DVD featuring newly created documentaries directed by the Grammy-award-winning Bob Smeaton and featuring interviews with Experience members Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, original producer Chas Chandler and engineer Eddie Kramer. (www.jimihendrix.com)

Elvis biopic out on DVD March 2

John Carpenter’s “Elvis” biopic starring Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley is scheduled to be released on DVD for the first time by Shout! Factory March 2.

Originally broadcast on ABC in 1979 and released theatrically overseas, “Elvis” traces Presley’s life from his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to his triumphant return to Las Vegas.

The DVD contains the main presentation of the movie restored from the original film, as well as bonus features including rare archive interviews of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter, a special commemorative booklet, commentary by Ronnie McDowell and author Edie Hand, rare clips from “American Bandstand” and a photo gallery.

Barenaked Ladies sign worldwide deal with EMI

Multi-platinum rock group Barenaked Ladies and their label, Raisin’ Records, have signed an exclusive worldwide deal with EMI Music’s Label Services unit and are gearing up for the March 30 release of their 11th studio album, All In Good Time.

Barenaked Ladies will perform at the 2010 “Taste of the NFL” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 6. “Taste of the NFL” is a Super Bowl culinary event that supports hunger-relief organizations across the country. Tickets are available online at www.TasteoftheNFL.com or by calling (952) 835-7621.

On Feb. 16, the band will be among the headliners performing at the Olympic Winter Games as part of the Vancouver 2010 concert series. For ticket information, visit www.vancouver2010.com.

James Taylor, Carole King announce U.S. tour dates

James Taylor and Carole King have announced dates for the U.S. leg of their “Troubadour Reunion” tour, marking the 40th anniversary of the pair’s breakthrough shows. The tour will be in Melbourne, Australia, March 26. The U.S. leg launches May 7 in Portland, Ore.

“In a sense we started our solo careers sharing a band, sharing a stage, we did a show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles that really sort of broke both of us out of the box and established our careers,” Taylor said.

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