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West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (Collectors Edition) Box set, Collector's Edition
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West Coast Seattle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology tracks Hendrix's remarkable journey from little known R&B sideman to international stardom through an unprecedented assemblage of previously unavailable recordings.
This long-awaited career-spanning box set is not a collection of existing Jimi Hendrix albums but instead 45 unreleased Jimi Hendrix live and studio recordings including demos and alternate versions of songs from Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, and Electric Ladyland. West Coast Seattle Boy includes Hendrix s never before heard version of Bob Dylan s Tears Of Rage, solo acoustic recordings of Electric Ladyland favorites like Long Hot Summer Night and 1983 (A Merman I Shall Turn To Be) as well as never before heard live performances from Berkeley and the legendary Band Of Gypsys Fillmore East concert on New Year s Eve 1969 combined together with }such new Hendrix songs as "Hear My Freedom," "Hound Dog Blues," "Lonely Avenue" and more.
The crown jewel of Legacy Recordings' monumental Jimi Hendrix catalog project, West Coast Seattle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology is the first Hendrix collection to bring fans access to a comprehensive treasure trove of previously unreleased recordings -- including demos, alternate takes, live concert jewels and more -- from all phases of the artist's recording career (1964 -1970).
West Coast Seattle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology offers the most complete collection of Jimi's pre-Experience R&B performances (including his singles with the Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Don Covay, King Curtis and more) to ever be officially anthologized while bringing together the most comprehensive and revelatory set of unreleased, fully realized songs, never before heard live performances, alternate studio takes, acoustic and electric demos and other rarities drawn from every chapter of Jimi Hendrix remarkable life and career.
West Coast Seattle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology includes the 90 minute DVD Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, a new documentary directed by the Grammy award winning Bob Smeaton (Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, Beatles: The Studio Recordings). The acclaimed documentary tells Jimi's incredible story in his own words. The documentary features some of Jimi's greatest performances as well as rare and never before seen footage and photos. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child also includes--for the first time ever examples from the Hendrix family archive of the late guitarist s personal drawings, postcards home to his father, song drafts, sketches, and lyrics. Jimi's interviews and private writings shed new insights within the extraordinary life and career of the greatest guitarist of all time.
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Here's what you get on the remaining CD's:
1.Fire(a new remix of the released recording. Longer and with a cold ending)
2.Are You Experienced?(an alternate backing track attempt. For fans only)
3.May This Be Love(new remix of the released recording, with a double-tracked vocal throughout)
4.Can You See Me?(an unreleased mono mix of the released recording. For all you Mono-maniacs)
5.The Wind Cries Mary(live in Stockholm 1967.Previously released on the 4-CD set "Stages")
6.Love or Confusion(new mix with alternate vocals)
7.Little One(original instrumental version by Hendrix[guitar & bass] Dave Mason(sitar) & Mitch Mitchell(drums). In 1987, Noel Redding created a modified version of this track, inserting his own bass playing and writing and recording a lyric, and the song became "There Ain't Nothing Wrong With That", released on "Noel Redding-The Experience Sessions". Fans will aprreciate hearing the original, undoctored instrumental, which had no Noel Redding involvement)
8.Mr Bad Luck(the first-ever stereo mix with the original 1967 bass & drums. The recent "Valleys of Neptune" Cd contained a stereo mix, but with 1987 re-recorded bass & drums)
9.Cat Talking to Me(the original instrumental version. Intended to be a vocal number for drummer Mitch Mitchell. In 1987, Mitchell wrote a lyric and sang it and re-recorded the drumming(for release as a vinyl B-side & download track in 2009), but here you get the undoctored instrumental)
10.Castles Made of Sand(an alternate backing track. For fans only)
11-16. Previously unreleased home recordings of "Tears of Rage","Hear My Train a-Comin', "1983(A Merman I Shall Turn to Be)", "Long Hot Summer Night", "My Friend" and "Angel"(experience Hendrix is seriously bending the truth to refer to this version of "Angel" as "previously unreleased", since it has long been available on the CD "Jimi By Himself:The Home Recordings",included with a book called "Voodoo Child:Jimi Hendrix The Illustrated Legend"
17.Calling All The Devil's Children(a popular bootleg track recorded at TTG Studios, but here running approximately 25 seconds shorter than bootleg releases)
18. New Rising Sun( a superb instrumental with Hendrix playing all instruments. Here it is presented at its' complete 7:24, versus the 3:21 edit heard on the deleted "Voodoo Soup" CD)
1.Hear My Freedom(a track long offered by bootleggers, but here, for unknown reasons edited down from 7:25 to 5:23)
2.Room Full of Mirrors
3.Shame Shame Shame
(Tracks two and three, still with the 1987 re-recorded bass & drums, as on the bootleg "Studio Haze", but now presented as one continuous piece, and not separated into two separate tracks[via fade ups and fade-outs] as they had been on bootleg releases)
4.Messenger(a highly polished backing track recorded at TTG Studios, which had everything, except a lyric and vocal, which Hendrix never added)
5.Houng Dog Blues(a jam on the Elvis Presley hit, similar to, but longer than, the BBC attempt)
6.Untitled Basic Track(the title says it all)
7.Star Spangled Banner(Live at The L.A. Forum 1969. Original 1960's mix)
8.Purple Haze(Live at The L.A. Forum 1969. Original 1960's mix)
(the mixes for tracks 7 & 8 were created for an unreleased 1960's live abum. Otherwise, the same performances as on "Disc Four" of "Lifelines")
9.Hendrix/Young(the jam with organist Larry Young, now presented at 20:56 length, versus the 10"32 edit on "Nine to The Universe" or the 14:26 edit heard on bootleg releases. The liner notes stop short of claiming that this 20:56 version is complete.)
10.Mastermind(written and sung by rhythm guitarist Larry Lee, at studio sessions by the 6-piece "woodstock" line-up a few weeks after the Festival)
11.Message to Love(a 1970 Hendrix/Eddie Kramer mix with the song at its' full length. All later mixes(even ones by Eddie Kramer, such as on the "Purple Box" 4-CD set) are missing part of the second verse, thanks to producer Alan Douglas, who chopped out(and threw out) a section of the 16-track tape in 1975)
12.Fire(Band of Gypsies Fillmore East Dec.31,1969, 2nd Show)
13.Foxy Lady(Band of Gypsies,Fillmore East Dec.31,1969,2nd show)
(tracks 12 & 13 have incendiary soloing by Hendrix!)
1.Stone Free(Band of Gypsies,Fillmore East,Dec.31,1969,2nd Show. another superb performances)
(incidentally, Experience Hendrix now have quality tapes for these Band of Gypsies tracks and they are newly mixed)
2.Burning Desire(a backing track attempt, different from, but similar to, the attempt heard on the mail-order "Burning Desire" CD)
3.Lonely Avenue(Hendrix & Buddy Miles & a percussionist, but no bassist, in a track which has appeared on bootlegs)
4.The Everlasting First(By the group "Love", with Hendrix playing as a sessionman. a new mix, presenting the song at a longer length than what was previously heard)
5.Freedom(an alternate backing track. For Fans only.)
6.Peter Gunn/Catastrophe(a filler track when it was released on 1972's "War Heroes" album. It still is filler, now presented in a newly remixed unedited version. Hendrix would have been appalled at the idea of this being released)
7. In From The Storm(an early mix made while Hendrix was still alive. It differs significantly from the posthumous mix released on "The Cry of Love" & "The First Rays of The New Rising Sun")
8.All God's Children(a rough and rambling backing track attempt. No doubt, Hendrix would have started all over again, and not built on this take if he had lived longer)
9.Red House(Live at Berkeley, 1st Show. Why dish up the first set one track at a time? Why not a release of the whole first show?)
11.Hey Baby(New Rising Sun)
(When "Hey Baby" was presented on the posthumous "Rainbow Bridge" album, we were hearing only the second half of the recording. The widely bootlegged, but never officially released "Bolero" was the first half of the recording. Now the two tracks are presented, newly remixed, as a continuous piece)
12.Suddenly November Morning(from a home songwriting tape commonly refered to as "Black Gold". This is a very roughly performed acoustic songwriting tape and the song has some ideas later incorporated into "Drifting")
I hope that this info helps you to make a decision. I'm a Hendrix fan(having seen him play in 1967 when I was 11). I can't get enough Hendrix, and if you feel the same way, then this box set is for you
Filled with out takes and alternate versions this is a must for Jimi fans and of course the completest's.
I recommend anyone new to Jimi's music should definitely start with his first three releases before looking into this set.
The pre-1967 stuff is much more miss than hit. A lot of these songs are pretty weak tunes, and Hendrix's input is often inaudible, or at least inconsequential. If he's technically on the recordings, OK, I can see the rationale in including those tracks, but I probably won't give most of them a second listen.
A few tracks are indeed finished alternate recordings, and some are stellar--esp. Red House. I enjoyed the "jam" tracks overall...some of them get a little tired, but at least they're "finished" jams and are not missing anything.
The DVD is very good...my only complaint about that is the packaging. Someone had the BRILLIANT idea of slipping the DVD inside a cardboard sleeve built into the "book" portion of the box. Well, way to go, guys, because when I pulled out the DVD, THERE WAS DRIED GLUE ALL OVER THE DISC!! And it was the side of the disc that the player reads, of course!! Took me about a half-hour to get that crap off (I used a damp washcloth). GREAT PACKAGING IDEA. I hate those "book" box sets because the holders of the discs ALWAYS eventually peel off and fall off the cover. I MUCH prefer the box design of the 2000 set. And of course, we pay top dollar for this shoddy design. OK, enough griping...all that is secondary to the music, but I had to say my piece--lol.
Anyway, not a total disappointment, there are some treasures on here, but overall it's a step down from the 2000 box, which had more exciting material, IMO.