Beginning this month, Jimi Hendrix fans will finally get a chance
to once again shell out the bucks for the same old Hendrix material. Let's see,
first you bought the original albums, which got all scratched and messed up. So
you replaced those. You probably picked up some those classic albums in the
cassette format over the years too. Then the CD was invented, so you got to
shell out $15 a pop. And now, in order to hear the guitar master's epochal
music as it was intended, you can do it all over again.
MCA Records held a
press conference (hey, we were busy listening to our Trans Am CDs) yesterday
(Jan. 28) to announce that it has entered into a licensing deal that will allow
it to release the entire Hendrix catalog and, for the first time, the releases
will have the stamp of approval of Hendrix's family. Stop the presses.
first release under the new pact, First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the
last album Hendrix recorded before his death in 1970, contains all previously
released material, but, according to a statement from MCA, "this will be the
first time they are presented together on the same album as conceived by Jimi."
MCA has also entered into a joint venture with Experience Hendrix, the
Hendrix family-owned company, which will allow the family to sign and develop
new musical acts for the Experience Hendrix label.
After many years of
litigation, the guitarists father, Al Hendrix, recently assumed control of his
son's estate. Next up for MCA is a re-release of the entire digitally-mastered
Hendrix catalog, which comprises Are You Experienced?, Axis Bold As
Love and Electric Ladyland, all of which will be released on April
MCA will also release all three on 180g "heavy vinyl" on April 8, in
case you still have cash to burn after parting with $45 for the three CDs. Also
slated for release in 1997 are some new Experience Hendrix-sanctioned albums of
never-released, re-mastered and re-packaged Hendrix music. MCA says part of the
allure of these re-issues is that they will mark the first time Hendrix's
albums will be released on compact discs made from the first-generation
original masters, unlike previous versions, which were mastered from
second-generation copies of the masters, resulting in "superior quality and
clarity" for the new discs. Could someone please get the rotten fish out of