Previously Unreleased JIMI HENDRIX Album Due for March 9 Release
Posted by Michael Mueller on January 11, 2010 at 10:21 AM
According to a report at Billboard.com, an album of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings, will be released on March 9, 2010, on Sony/Legacy. Valleys of Neptune includes the final studio sessions of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience lineup and Hendrix's first recordings with bassist Billy Cox.
Taken mostly from several 1969 sessions, Valleys of Neptune was originally recorded and newly mixed by Eddie Kramer, the Electric Ladyland studio engineer who worked closely with Hendrix. The title track will be released as a single globally on Feb. 2. Other highlights of the album include the only JHE studio recording of "Hear My Train A Comin'"; a searing instrumental take on Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love"; the extended stage arrangements of "Fire" and "Red House," recorded in preparation for the band's 1969 Royal Albert Hall concert recordings; and "Mr. Bad Luck," one of the only original tunes the then-unknown guitarist performed in tiny Greenwich Village nightclubs in 1966.
"It is important that everyone understand that this is not the 'lost' album," explains John McDermott, Experience Hendrix archivist, who wrote extensive liner notes for the release. "It is the documentation of an important point in his career when the original JHE was making a follow up to 'Electric Ladyland' in 1969. Once Jimi started working with Billy Cox, he started making his creative transition and left this material on the shelf."
In addition to Valleys of Neptune, Legacy Recordings is also planning deluxe CD/DVD editions of key Hendrix albums Are You Expereinced, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland, and First Rays of the New Rising Sun for Mar. 9 release. Each DVD will include a brand new documentary about the making of its respective album, directed "Beatles Anthology" creator Bob Smeaton and feature interviews with Jimi Hendrix Experience players Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding and Cox, as well as Kramer and original producer Chas Chandler.
Other planned 2010 Hendrix releases include a reissue of Smash Hits, the 1968 compilation of singles, b-sides and several standout JHE album tracks; a DVD and Blu-ray release of "Live at Woodstock;" and a multi-disc box set. A new documentary film is also in the works.
Additionally, the 17-date Experience Hendrix Tour 2010, which features Billy Cox as well as Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and other all-star contributors, kicks off Mar. 4 in Santa Barbara, Calif.