Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, are proud to release Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts by Jimi Hendrix, on CD and digital November 22, with a vinyl release to follow on December 13. This collection assembles all four historic debut concerts by the legendary guitarist in […]
I arose early to experience in full, Both Sides of the Sky, the third album in a posthumous trilogy featuring the best of Jimi Hendrix’s unreleased studio recordings. The Authorized Hendrix Family Edition includes a 24-page booklet filled with rare photos and detailed liner notes. I sip my morning coffee and delve into the writings of co-producer John McDermott to increase my perspective about the significance of these 13 recordings.
I’ve always admired producer and engineer Eddie Kramer. He is more than just the Jimi Hendrix archivist. NPR Music wrote a piece about him yesterday, Eddie Kramer Completes Posthumous Jimi Hendrix Trilogy With ‘Both Sides Of The Sky’
Eddie Kramer is our conduit to the artistic magic of Jimi Hendrix.
Kramer says he still hears Hendrix’s voice in his head directing him in the studio.
“He did have a tendency to describe sounds in colors,” Kramer says. “If he said, ‘Hey, man, give me some of that green,’ I knew exactly what he meant; it was reverb. Or if he said, ‘Hey, man, more red,’ I knew it was distortion. And then if it went purple, it was really stupid distortion.”
The gift that keeps on giving is the Jimi Hendrix vault. Both Sides of the Sky is the third and final installment in a trilogy series of unissued archival recordings. This recording contains 10 previously unreleased tracks. It follows 2010’s Valleys of Neptune and 2013’s People, Hell, and Angels.
Many of the 13 tracks showcase the trio line-up that became known as Band of Gypsys: Hendrix on guitar and vocals, Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. “Hear My Train A Comin'” features the original line-up from the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell.
Several notable guest collaborators highlight the set, including Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and vocalist/saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood (Hendrix’s pre-fame bandmate in Curtis Knight & the Squires). Stills appears on two tracks recorded in September 1969: a cover version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” (tracked months before Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s famous reworking) and the original song “$20 Fine.” Winter appears on a previously excerpted rendition of Guitar Slim’s “Things I Used to Do,” appearing here in a full, remixed version.
Engineer Eddie Kramer who worked on every Hendrix project before the guitar legend’s death has co-produced the album with John McDermott and Hendrix’s sister, Janie Hendrix.
The album will be available March 9th, 2018 via Sony Legacy Recordings on multiple formats, including CD, digital and a numbered, 180-gram audiophile double-vinyl.
Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides of the Sky Track List:
1. “Mannish Boy” (previously unreleased)
2. “Lover Man” (previously unreleased)
3. “Hear My Train A Comin'” (previously unreleased)
4. “Stepping Stone” (previously unreleased)
5. “$20 Fine” (previously unreleased, featuring Stephen Stills)
6. “Power Of Soul” (previously unavailable extended version)
7. “Jungle” (previously unreleased)
8. “Things I Used to Do” (featuring Johnny Winter)
9. “Georgia Blues” (featuring Lonnie Youngblood)
10. “Sweet Angel” (previously unreleased)
11. “Woodstock” (previously unreleased, featuring Stephen Stills)
12. “Send My Love To Linda” (previously unreleased)
13. “Cherokee Mist” (previously unreleased)
Historic Debut Concert, Band of Gypsys to Be Released In Entirety For First Time Ever
August 9, 2016- New York, NY- Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69, fully documenting the debut performance of Jimi Hendrix’s short-lived but eternally influential Band of Gypsys on September 30. The group played four historic concerts at the Fillmore East in New York City – two on New Year’s Eve 1969, and two on New Year’s Day 1970. Never before has the first of these sets been available in its entirety. The vast majority of the performances have never seen the light of day in any configuration.
Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 was produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott, the same team who have overseen all of Jimi Hendrix’s audio and audio visual releases by Experience Hendrix L.L.C. since 1995. Kramer served Jimi Hendrix as his primary recording engineer throughout his lifetime and the newly mixed Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 from the original 1” 8 track master tapes. The album was mastered by Grammy Award winner Bernie Grundman and will be simultaneously released, on CD, 2 LP 180 gram vinyl, high resolution SACD and digitally. Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 is available for pre-order on CD: http://smarturl.it/jh_mg_cd and Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/jh_mg_vinyl
Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 marks the first ever Jimi Hendrix SACD and high resolution digital release. Additionally, Experience Hendrix is also releasing People, Hell & Angels on the same day. People, Hell & Angels, a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings, peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart in March 2013. The album features studio versions of many of the songs featured on Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69.
Over the course of four extraordinary years, Jimi Hendrix placed his indelible stamp upon popular music with breathtaking velocity. Measured alongside his triumphs at Monterey Pop and Woodstock, Hendrix’s legendary Fillmore East concerts illustrated a critical turning point in a radiant career which boasted of indefinite possibilities.
The revolutionary impact Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles had upon the boundaries and definitions of rock, R&B, and funk can be traced to four concerts over the course of two evenings on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. These performances were first celebrated by Band Of Gypsys, which featured six songs from the two January 1, 1970 concerts including “Machine Gun,” the album’s dramatic centerpiece. Issued in April 1970, Band Of Gypsys challenged and surprised the guitarist’s wide following with its extended arrangements and vibrant mix of rock and soul. Nonetheless, the album proved to be a runaway commercial success and sadly, with his death in London in September 1970, would become the last album Jimi Hendrix personally authorized for release.
Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 documents the first of the group’s four legendary Fillmore East concerts. This set presents an assortment of fresh, exciting new songs such as “Earth Blues,” “Ezy Ryder,” “Stepping Stone,” “Burning Desire,” and “Machine Gun”—none of which had ever before been issued on disc. Moreover, nearly all of the group’s material had never been performed before an audience. “We decided that we couldn’t do any songs that had already been released,” explains Billy Cox. “We wanted to give them something different. So we went at the project in a joyous, creative posture and ultimately developed the repertoire of the Band of Gypsys.”
While promoter Bill Graham had advertised the concerts as ‘Jimi Hendrix: A Band Of Gypsys’, few could have anticipated what Hendrix had in store. “We had two shows New Years Eve and two shows New Years Day,” remembered Cox. “We didn’t know what to expect from the audience and the audience didn’t know what to expect from us, but from the time we hit that first note, they were in awe. You had Jimi Hendrix, a drummer who had been with the Electric Flag and Wilson Pickett, and I was the new kid on the block.”
With the anticipation of the sold out Fillmore audience heightened to fever pitch, Hendrix led his trio through a scintillating, seventy-five minute opening performance. None of the eleven songs presented had yet to grace an Experience album. In the place of signature songs like “Purple Haze” and “All Along The Watchtower” were confident renditions of “Power Of Soul” and “Hear My Train A Comin.’”
Jimi generously extended center stage to Buddy Miles, providing a showcase for “Changes” and a charged rendition of the Howard Tate R&B hit “Stop”. “We had rehearsed “Changes” and a few others for Buddy,” explains Cox. “All of the songs we performed had been rehearsed. We didn’t look at it as Buddy’s part of the show. We were all there to give. We were all there to help and material went on whether it was written by Jimi or not. Former Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke, who authored this collection’s liner notes, describes “Stop” as being something akin to “a psychedelic power-trio Temptations.” Hendrix’s scalding version of Elmore James’ “Bleeding Heart” is the set’s only other cover, underscoring the new band’s emphasis on the blues.
As the Fillmore audience roared with approval, the Band Of Gypsys left the stage confident that they had validated Jimi’s new music before his loyal followers. “After the gigs were finished, Jimi was quite relieved,” remembers Cox. “We felt the concerts went well. I might add that in previous gigs with the Experience he had used a fuzz face [tone control pedal] and a Wah-Wah pedal, then at Woodstock he used a fuzz face, Wah-Wah pedal and Uni-Vibe, but at the Fillmore East he used a fuzz face, Wah-Wah pedal, Uni-Vibe and Octavia and it was incredible. In fact you could hear all of it kicking in on ‘Machine Gun.’ It was incredible. There were people in the audience with their mouths open.”
“Machine Gun” stands as one of Hendrix’s finest and most influential compositions. Hendrix pushed Delta blues into places its pioneers could not have imagined, fusing his extraordinary instrumental skills within his passionate expression of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. “Machine Gun” endures as a classic amongst the already classic-drenched Jimi Hendrix canon. Fricke notes of this version, the first that Hendrix and company had ever played in concert, “..Here it is, after 46 years, another revelation – a stunning essay in pain, rage and determined survival, fully formed in its initial outing.”
Long sought after by the guitarist’s worldwide following, Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 presents the complete performance in its original sequence.
Jimi Hendrix – Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 (release date: September 30)
1) Power Of Soul
2] Lover Man
3) Hear My Train A Comin’
6) Machine Gun
8) Ezy Ryder
9) Bleeding Heart
10) Earth Blues
11) Burning Desire
Premieres nationally Tuesday, November 5 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’, is an upcoming feature-length PBS American Masters documentary about guitar legend Jimi Hendrix. The film, directed by Bob Smeaton (Festival Express; The Beatles Anthology, Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock), includes never-before-seen footage, home movies, photographs, drawings, family letters, interviews with Hendrix as well as commentary by Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, and Steve Winwood. The release is timed to a year-long celebration of what would have been the late musician’s 70th birthday on November 27, 2012.
Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC and the sister of Jimi Hendrix commented, “Hear My Train A Comin’ is an in-depth look at the life and legacy of Jimi with his own words as well as the words and memories of those that knew him well and were close to him. His impression on the world through his genius, music and talent continue to magically touch the lives of ensuing generations.”
Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival, http://smarturl.it/JH_MP_amzn, the first-ever release of one of the guitar virtuoso’s most sought-after performances, as originally recorded on site by Hendrix’s long-term sound engineer, Eddie Kramer. Never available in any form, Miami Pop Festival is being released as a single CD and a limited edition numbered double 12″ audiophile vinyl set (all analog cut by Bernie Grundman, pressed at QRP on 200 gram vinyl).
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Miami Pop Festival
2. Hey Joe
3. Foxey Lady
4. Tax Free
6. Hear My Train A Comin’
7. I Don’t Live Today
8. Red House
9. Purple Haze
10. Fire (Afternoon Show)
11. Foxey Lady (Afternoon Show)
Miami Pop Festival, May 18, 1968
Gulfstream Park, Hallandale, Florida
- Get a Sneak Peak of ‘Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ (rollingstone.com)
Blue Notes Records is the cornerstone of recording excellence. For seven decades Blue Note has produced award-winning jazz artists for global listening pleasure. Their advertising logo states: “The Finest in Jazz Since 1939”. I see a trend forming that Blue Note Records is investing directly in the jam band genre. Blue Note has signed Gov’t Mule and Robert Randolph and the Family Band to their roster of artists. They will also be releasing a collaboration between Elvis Costello and The Roots later this year. I view this as an encouraging milestone for jam band music and its loyal legion of fans. It is significant that jam band artists are roosting under the roof of venerable Blue Note Records. Jam band music like jazz is at the music of our heart an improvisational experience.
Blue Note Records Jam Band Artists
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Last Tuesday, July 16th Blue Note released the latest studio album from Robert Randolph & The Family Band. Lickety Split features the group’s current lineup with Robert joined by Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan, Lenesha Randolph and Brett Haas. Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) engineered the album, which also includes guest appearances from Trombone Shorty and Carlos Santana.
Gov’t Mule and will release Shout!, the group’s first studio album in four years on September 24. In an unprecedented twist and gift to their fans, a special bonus CD will also be included, which includes the 11 tracks from the album but in different versions with each one sung by a different world-class special guest and friend of the band. Elvis Costello and The Roots
Elvis Costello and The Roots announced that a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost will be exclusively released by Blue Note Records on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. A small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on April 20 but the full release will follow later in the year. Most of the sessions took place in secret at Feliz Habitat Studios in the dead of night, while others were in plain sight at Costello’s Hookery Crookery Studios. Elvis described the record as “the shortest distance between here and there” and containing “both rhythm and what is read”. Ahmir says, “It’s a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.” It promises to be one of the most unexpected and surprising releases of 2013. Notice the cover art for Wise Up Ghost below. The image was inspired by the City Lights Pocket Poets Series, in homage to the cover of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. The video pays tribute to the significance of vinyl, the turntable and bohemian poetic pentameter.
- Blue Note Records Partners With ArtistShare For Fan Funded Releases (hypebot.com)
- Shout, Forthcoming Studio Album From Gov’t Mule (musicofourheart.me)
Fortunately for us Jimi Hendrix spent a tremendous amount of time working in the recording studio. Thankfully with Eddie Kramer at the dials he has restored a stellar set of unreleased studio recordings by Jimi Hendrix from 1968 to 1969. Eddie Kramer is our connection to Jimi Hendrix as his original studio engineer from Are You Experienced to The Cry of Love and later recordings after that.
Eddie Kramer states, “In ’68 and ’69, Jimi was in the studio constantly,” recalls Kramer. “His whole life was in the studio.”
The latest undertaking from the Hendrix vault is People, Hell and Angels. The legendary guitarist was considering these new sounds for First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the planned double-album follow-up to Electric Ladyland.The album is slated to be released on Tuesday March 5, 2013.
- Jimi Hendrix’s Engineer Cues Up ‘People, Hell and Angels’ Single, ‘Somewhere’ (rollingstone.com)
- Happy 70th Birthday, Jimi Hendrix (musicofourheart.me)
If I had to pinpoint the music genre that best typifies the signature sound of Traffic it would be primarily jazz rock fusion. When I hear the beginning stride piano intro to “Glad/Freedom Rider” or the signatures used on “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” an improvisational jazz feel abounds. The secondary characteristic of Traffic’s sound is English folk rock.
The first Traffic recording, was titled Mr. Fantasy distributed on Island Records in the UK. Like most English imports the song tracks varied between the U.S. domestic release and the English album. Traffic’s USA LP release, titled Heaven Is In Your Mind was on United Artists Records. When Traffic’s record label, Island re-released Mr. Fantasy in 2000 on Audio CD. It was then that the UK and USA releases were synchronized, eliminating the disparity of the tracks, in stereo and mono.
Original UK album
- “Heaven Is in Your Mind” (Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood) – 4:16
- “Berkshire Poppies” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:55
- “House for Everyone” (Dave Mason) – 2:05
- “No Face, No Name, No Number” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:35
- “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 5:44
- “Dealer” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:34
- “Utterly Simple” (Mason) – 3:16
- “Coloured Rain” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:43
- “Hope I Never Find Me There” (Mason) – 2:12
- “Giving to You” (Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood) – 4:20 (album version)
Mono bonus tracks from the US 2000 CD release
- “Paper Sun” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 4:15
- “Giving to You” (Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood) – 4:12 (different U.K. mono single mix, with lyrics sung by Winwood)
- “Hole in My Shoe” (Mason) – 2:54
- “Smiling Phases” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:43
- “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” (Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood) – 2:18
Original US album (Heaven Is In Your Mind)
- “Paper Sun” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:26
- “Dealer” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:13
- “Coloured Rain” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:46
- “Hole in My Shoe” (Mason) – 3:04
- “No Face, No Name, No Number” (Capaldi, Winwood) – 3:38
- “Heaven Is in Your Mind” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 4:22
- “House for Everyone” (Mason) – 2:05
- “Berkshire Poppies” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:59
- “Giving to You” (Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood) – 4:18 (mono version of the U.S. album has the different U.K. single mix, with lyrics sung by Winwood)
- “Smiling Phases” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:44
- “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 5:33
- “We’re a Fade, You Missed This” (Capaldi, Winwood) – :53
Stereo bonus tracks from the US 2000 CD release
- “Utterly Simple” (Mason) – 3:17
- “Hope I Never Find Me There” (Mason) – 2:09
- “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” (Capaldi, Mason, Winwood, Wood) – 2:35
- “Am I What I Was or Am I What I Am” (Capaldi, Winwood, Wood) – 2:32
For more insight into what this period in music was like refer to the Rolling Stone Magazine Archives All Access section to read about the early days of Traffic with articles by Al Kooper, Jann Wenner and David Dalton (Cover Story).
- Jim Capaldi &Traffic (musicofourheart.wordpress.com)
Eddie Kramer is an audio engineer and producer extraordinaire. He has worked with many of the greats, most notably Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Santana. He manned the sound recording truck at Woodstock for four days. I love his re-mastering touch with the Jimi Hendrix vault recordings as well as his original production work at the Record Plant and later Electric Lady Studios with Jimi Hendrix and other musicians.
Eddie Kramer is also a very sharp-eyed photographer who lets us in on his musical universe backstage, live on-stage and in the studio.
Here are Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger talking backstage at Madison Square Garden on Jimi’s birthday on November 27, 1969. The Rolling Stones concert was recorded that evening for the Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out album.
This photograph is from the Santana III recording session at Columbia Studios in San Francisco in 1971.