Jimi Hendrix's family talks anthology, documentary

Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:35pm EST
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By Gary Graff

DETROIT (Billboard) - After a prolific 2010 that continues with the "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology" box set out this week, the family-run Experience Hendrix label has a more modest, but no less impactful blueprint for the next couple of years.

"This year has been very special because it marked the 40th anniversary of (Hendrix's) passing," Janie Hendrix, the rock icon's sister and Experience Hendrix president and CEO, told Billboard.com.

The company started with the March release of the rarities set "Valleys of Neptune" and continues with "West Coast Seattle Boy." The latter features four discs of unreleased material and alternate takes, including a full disc of pre-Experience tracks recorded with Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, Don Covay and others.

The box also includes the documentary "Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child," narrated by Bootsy Collins.

Deluxe editions of "Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions," "Jimi Hendrix: Blues" and "Live at Woodstock" and the holiday EP "Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year," are coming out the same day as well.

Next year will bring a documentary about Hendrix's 1969 concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall, "homecoming" shows of a sort since he launched the Experience in England.

"It's kind of a day in the life of Jimi, how we put it together," Hendrix said of the project, which has been two years in the making.

She continued: "There were about four cameras that followed Jimi and the guys around in Europe and filmed the two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as them coming off trains, planes and automobiles, signing autographs, Jimi backstage getting ready, in his apartment doing little apartment jams with his friends and then later playing the Speakeasy.   Continued...

<p>A 4-CD box set of Hendrix music titled "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" will be released worldwide September 12, six days before the 30th anniversary of the famed musicians death. This file photo shows Jimi Hendrix performing at the Gillmore East.</p>