Jimi Hendrix Collection To Include Previously Unreleased Songs

Fifty-six-track set of live and studio material spans entirety of guitarist's career.

Experience Hendrix, an imprint of MCA Records that works in conjunction with the Jimi Hendrix family, will release a four-CD box set of previously unreleased or unavailable songs and live recordings by the late guitarist.

Among the 56 tracks on The Jimi Hendrix Experience, due Sept. 12, are alternate takes of such familiar Hendrix songs as "Purple Haze," "Little Wing," "Spanish Castle Magic," (RealAudio excerpt) and "Freedom."

The career-spanning set, which also will be available on vinyl as a limited-edition, eight-LP set, includes unreleased live material from the fourth public appearance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, in Paris in 1966, and recordings from Hendrix's final studio sessions at Electric Lady Studios in New York in 1970.

"These live and studio recordings showcase Jimi's amazing growth as an innovative musician and composer," John McDermott, who wrote the liner notes and co-produced the set with Janie Hendix (Jimi's sister) and Eddie Kramer, said in a statement.

"As a huge fan myself, putting this set together renewed my enthusiasm for Jimi all over again. I hope Jimi's fans come away with a new appreciation for his remarkable talent," McDermott added.

Drawing heavily from tapes recovered by the Hendrix family estate, the four-hour-plus The Jimi Hendrix Experience also will feature live versions of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," reportedly recorded the day after the Beatles' landmark album of that name came out in 1967; Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival; and "All Along the Watchtower" (RealAudio excerpt), from the '70 Isle of Wight Festival.

Beginning with Are You Experienced?, his 1967 album with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, Hendrix revolutionized blues guitar playing, introducing it to a rock audience and making the world safe for the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and guitarist Mato of the blues-rock band Indigenous.

Hendrix, who died in 1970 at 27, delved further into his blues roots on Cry of Love, one of the albums he recorded with the Band of Gypsys (bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles), who backed him in concerts — of which a variety of recordings are already available — at Woodstock, the Fillmore East and Britain's Isle of Wight.

"I am extremely pleased with the music we have chosen. Jimi is at the top of his game throughout. It is a representation of how one can express one's self to the fullest, using every technique known to man and more," Kramer said in a statement. "It's just stunning, that's all I can tell you."

Experience Hendrix, which will be packaged in purple velvet, includes an 80-page booklet with McDermott's notes, an essay by Dave Marsh, reproductions of Hendrix's hand-written lyrics and rare or never-before-published photos by Linda McCartney, Jean Pierre Leloir, Karl Ferris and Dave Sygall.

Earlier this month, the Hendrix estate, in association with Classic Records, released on vinyl a remastered version of the original mono recording of Axis: Bold As Love, the Jimi Hendrix Experience's classic second album.