Jimi Hendrix’s West Coast Seattle Boy Features Treasure Trove Of Rarities

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From exceptional live recordings to never-before-heard songs, the upcoming box set West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology will feature four discs of music that follow the phases of his career from beginning to end. In addition to the more than four hours of rare and unreleased recordings, the box set will also include a 90-minute documentary, Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child (directed by Bob Smeaton), composed of Hendrix’s very own words, thoughts, interviews and letters giving insight into one of pop culture’s most intriguing artists.

For the first time ever, fans will see footage from the Hendrix family files, including the artist’s personal drawings, lyrics, postcards home to family members and more. Voodoo Child is narrated by Bootsy Collins of Parliament-Funkadelic.

West Coast Seattle Boy will feature alternate versions from Electric Ladyland, Axis: Bold As Love and Are You Experienced, along with an unheard version of Bob Dylan’s “Tears of Rage,” which is sure to excite fans of both artists.

If 45 previously unreleased songs and a 90 minute documentary weren’t enough (although can you really have enough Hendrix?) the set will even include never-before-heard live performances from Berkeley and the notorious Band Of Gypsys Fillmore East performance from New Year’s Eve 1969. The much anticipated anthology is set to be released November 16 by Legacy Recordings.

West Coast Seattle Boy Track Listing:

Disc 1

1. Isley Brothers – Testify (1964)
2. Don Covay & the Goodtimers – Mercy, Mercy (1964)
3. Don Covay & the Goodtimers – Can’t Stay Away (1964)
4. Rosa Lee Brooks – My Diary (1965 – written by Arthur Lee)
5. Rosa Lee Brooks – Utee (1965)
6. Little Richard – I Don’t Know What You Got But It’s Got Me (1965)
7. Little Richard – Dancing All Around The World (1965)
8. Frank Howard & The Commanders – I’m So Glad (1966 – written by Billy Cox)
9. Isley Brothers – Move Over And Let Me Dance (1965)
10. Isley Brothers – Have You Ever Been Disappointed (1965)
11. Ray Sharpe – Help Me (Get The Feeling) (Part I) (1966)
12. The Icemen – (My Girl) She’s A Fox (1966)
13. Jimmy Norman – That Little Old Groovemaker (1966)
14. Billy Lamont – Sweet Thang (1968)
15. King Curtis – Instant Groove (1969)

Disc 2

1. Fire (1967) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
2. Are You Experienced (1967) – Previously Unreleased Recording
3. May This Be Love (1967) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
4. Can You See Me (1967) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
5. Love Or Confusion (1967) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
6. Little One (1967) – Previously Unreleased Recording (featuring Dave Mason on sitar)
7. Mr. Bad Luck (1967) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
8. Cat Talking To Me (1967) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
9. Castles Made Of Sand (1967) – Previously Unreleased Recording
10. Tears Of Rage (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
11. Hear My Train A Comin’ (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
12. 1983 (A Merman I Shall Turn To Be) (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
13. Long Hot Summer Night (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
14. My Friend (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
15. Angel (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
16. Calling All The Devil’s Children (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
17. New Rising Sun (1968) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording

Disc 3

1. Hear My Freedom (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
2. Room Full Of Mirrors (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording
3. Shame, Shame, Shame (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording
4. Messenger (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
5. Hound Dog Blues (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording
6. Untitled Basic Track (1968) – Previously Unreleased Recording
7. Star Spangled Banner (1969) – Previously Unreleased Original Mix
8. Purple Haze (1969) – Previously Unreleased Original Mix
9. Young/Hendrix (1969) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
10. Mastermind (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording
11. Message To Love (1969) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
12. Fire (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording
13. Foxey Lady (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording

Disc 4

1. Stone Free (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording
2. Burning Desire (1970) – Previously Unreleased Recording
3. Lonely Avenue (1969) – Previously Unreleased Recording
4. Everlasting First (1970) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording (featuring Arthur Lee)
5. Freedom (1970) – Previously Unreleased Recording
6. Peter Gunn/Catastrophe (1970) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
7. In From The Storm (1970) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
8. All God’s Children (1970) – Previously Unreleased Recording
9. Red House (1970) – Previously Unreleased Recording
10. Play That Riff [Thank You] (1970) – Previously Unreleased Recording
11. Bolero (1970) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
12. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) – Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording
13. Suddenly November Morning (1970) – Previously Unreleased Recording


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    The name Jimi Hendrix conjures up some of the most colourful and wildest moments that the sixties produced. Hendrix arrived, he conquered and took the music world by storm, got inside your head and went onto the great gig in the sky – all by the age of 27.

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience , left you in no doubt that it was exactly that – an experience.

    A trio of musicians who came together from both sides of the Atlantic and found common ground, fame and for one third of the group not very much fortune.

    For Noel Redding the bass player in the group the experience was not to be forgotten. Since the death of Hendrix 40 years ago, much has been documented about him and the group.

    Looking back to the sixties and you could be thinking you are on another planet. Any history relating to that period is taken up with music and culture. The Jimi Hendrix Experience played

    it`s part.

    Making a timely appearance is a DVD that is being put out by Discs International, containing a never before seen interview with Noel Redding recorded at his home in Ireland in 1988.

    It makes fascinating viewing. All the years of seeing film of them in concert and photographs of Hendrix, Redding and Mitchell, you find yourself sitting in a living room not with just a legend – but an ordinary guy talking about his early days with the group. No rock star here, no pretentious name dropping, just plain talking. Listening to him you are left wondering how they made it to top.

    I asked Producer Will Scally who had the foresight to record this interview how it all came about.

    “ I had known and been friends with Noel for many years and always found him a very upfront, straightforward guy. We often spoke about doing an interview, he wanted to speak about the band, money, drugs and the death of Hendrix and much more – even speaking about the possibility of Hendrix being murdered. He was on good form that day and wanted to record this for posterity.

    Sadly Noel Redding died back in 2003 aged 57.

    For those interested in Hendrix, Redding and the history of sixties rock music this rare visual documentary should not be missed.

    Release date NOVEMBER 2010.

    Barry Levene.

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