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New Jimi Hendrix album, ‘People, Hell and Angels’, to be released in March

February 3, 2013

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A new Jimi Hendrix album, People, Hell and Angels, is to be released in March. It will feature 12 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1968 and 1969.

It is believed Hendrix originally planned to include the tracks on First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the planned double-album follow-up to Electric Ladyland which he was working on when he died.

The tracks are said to show he was developing “new, experimental directions” and exploring fresh diversions from his legendary guitarwork.

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Jimi Hendrix app launched to provide a complete ‘Hendrix Experience’

November 19, 2011

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Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience is now available as a free app for the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

The app is being offered as “Your backstage pass to explore and learn all about the music, life and career of the legendary Jimi Hendrix”.

Launched to coincide with what would have been the guitarist’s 69th birthday on November 27, the app enables fans to explore interactive chapters of Hendrix’s legacy through text, images and video.

Listeners can browse through the full collection of Hendrix’s albums, read about documentaries, live performances and other films about Hendrix, and also download music content directly from iTunes.

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Rock guitarist Gary Moore dies at 58

February 7, 2011

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Renowned rock guitarist Gary Moore has died in a hotel room while on holiday in Spain. He was 58.

  Belfast-born Moore’s career spanned blues, hard rock and ballads, including several spells with Thin Lizzy and a highly-acclaimed solo career that included 20 studio albums. He also enjoyed UK chart success alongside the late Phil Lynott with the singles ‘Parisienne Walkways’ (1979) and ‘Out In The Fields’ (1985).

  Moore received critical acclaim for his work on Thin Lizzy’s 1974 album Nightlife, but he felt constrained by the group format and launched a solo career. He returned to Thin Lizzy briefly on two occasions in the late 1970s.

  Moore was first drafted into Thin Lizzy by Phil Lynott in 1973, following the departure of guitarist Eric Bell. On hearing the news of Moore’s death, Bell told the BBC: “I still can’t believe it. He wasn’t a rock casualty. He was a healthy guy.”

  Guitarist Scott Gorham – the other half of Thin Lizzy’s distinctive twin lead guitar harmony sound – said it been a pleasure to share a stage with Moore. “Playing with Gary during the Black Rose era was a great experience,” he said. “He was a great player and a great guy. I will miss him.”

Born Robert William Gary Moore on 4 April 1952, he started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. He got his first good-quality guitar when he was 14 and learnt to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed.

  Moore’s early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. After seeing Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green in his home town of Belfast, he started to develop his own style of blues-rock that would come to dominate his career.

  He was only 16 when he moved from Belfast to Dublin in 1969 to join Irish group Skid Row which featured Phil Lynott on lead vocals.

  Lynott asked Moore to join Thin Lizzy in 1973. The guitarist initially played with the group for only a few months, but he returned in 1977 and then again in 1979, staying long enough to play on the band’s landmark album Black Rose: A Rock Legend, which reached number two on the UK album chart.

  Moore released his first solo album, Grinding Stone, in 1973 under the name “The Gary Moore Band”. In 1978, the combination of Moore’s emotive blues-based guitar and Phil Lynott’s distinctive voice produced the classic single ‘Parisienne Walkways’, which reached Number 8 on the UK singles chart in April 1979.

  After a series of successful rock records in the 1980s, Moore returned to the blues with Still Got the Blues (1990), which featured contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. He stuck with the blues format until 1997, when he experimented with modern dance beats on Dark Days in Paradise. He returned to his tried and tested blues roots in 2001 with Back to the Blues, followed by Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close As You Get (2007) and Bad For You Baby (2008).

  Gary Moore died in the early hours of 6 February 2011, while on holiday in Estepona, Spain.

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‘West Coast Seattle Boy’ to spearhead more deluxe Jimi Hendrix reissues in October

August 13, 2010

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Forty years after Jimi Hendrix’s untimely death, a brand new 4CD set titled West Coast Seattle Boy – a compilation of demos, alternate takes and previously unreleased recordings – will spearhead a second wave of deluxe Hendrix reissues this autumn.

Following a first round of reissues and rarities earlier this year, the Hendrix Estate and Sony Music have announced plans to release three new albums in October based on Hendrix’s Woodstock performance and tracks from his UK television and radio appearances.

The album titles are Jimi Hendrix: Blues; Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions; and Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock.

Jimi Hendrix: Blues is a collection of blues classics and originals which was first released in 1994. The new version will contain extra DVD material, including extended footage from Martin Scorsese’s tribute to Hendrix in his acclaimed documentary The Blues.

Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions will include a previously unreleased performance of ‘Burning of the Midnight Lamp’ from a 1967 episode of Top of the Pops. The album will also come with a DVD containing some of Hendrix’s legendary BBC TV appearances, including his unscheduled version of Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ on Happening For Lulu.

The West Coast Seattle Boy album will include a new Hendrix documentary by director Bob Smeaton.

The Live at Woodstock reissue will be an updated version of MCA’s 1999 release of Hendrix’s legendary Woodstock concert on 18 August, 1969.

There will also be a festive Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year EP which includes a medley of ‘Little Drummer Boy’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’. It will be available on CD and as a seven-inch vinyl picture disc.

Sony Music’s series of deluxe Hendrix reissues began earlier this year with the release of Valleys of Neptune, a collection of unreleased Hendrix studio recordings that included the psychedelic title track.

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‘Lost’ burnt Hendrix guitar to be sold in London

July 16, 2008

One of Jimi Hendrix’s favourite guitars – set alight on a London stage more than 40 years ago and thought to have been lost forever – is to be auctioned in London later this year.

 

The guitar, a 1965 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst, was famously doused with lighter fuel and set alight by Hendrix during a one-off performance at London’s Finsbury Astoria in March 1967. After the stunt, Hendrix had to be rushed to hospital with minor burns to his hands.

 

The iconic guitar – which is understood to be scorched along the neck and the scratch-plate area – was rescued from the flames by Hendrix’s roadies.

 

Experience bass player Noel Redding reportedly kept the guitar for a short time, before it eventually ended up in the hands of Hendrix’s press officer, Tony Garland, who stored it in his parents’ garage in Hove, Sussex. It remained there until it was unearthed by Garland’s nephew in 2007.

 

The burnt guitar is among a range of rock memorabilia to be auctioned by the Fame Bureau in London on September 4, 2008. It is expected to fetch around £500,000.

 

Hendrix, who died in 1970, set fire to his guitars on stage three times: in London (March 1967), Miami (May 1968) and at the Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967 where the torching was famously captured on film. However, the 1965 Stratocaster is the only guitar that survived the flames almost intact.

 

A previous auction of a Hendrix guitar, known as the Woodstock Stratocaster, fetched £899,000.

 

“The times I burnt my guitar, it was like a sacrifice,” Hendrix once said. “You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar.” 

 

Lost Jimi Hendrix/Stephen Stills album found

July 9, 2008

 

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Stephen Stills says he has found the lost tapes for an album he recorded with Jimi Hendrix more than 30 years ago.

 

The unreleased album was reportedly discovered in a stack of material at Stills’ house. It seems Stills used to record every session in those days and simply forgot about the existence of the tapes.

 

Stills’ friend Graham Nash is understood to be cleaning up the tapes and preparing the album for an official release.

 

John McDermott, one of the archivists and overseers of Jimi Hendrix’s recordings, has also reportedly confirmed that the Hendrix/Stills album is being readied for release. It will feature sessions which Stills recorded with Hendrix in 1969 and 1970, he said

 

Stephen Stills was a close friend of Jimi Hendrix and previous sessions involving the two guitarists have emerged before – notably the Stills’ Basement bootlegs. But the authenticity of some of those tracks has been questioned. One track featuring Hendrix on guitar – ‘Old Times, Good Times’ – appeared on Stills’ eponymous first solo album in 1970.

 

When Hendrix was forming his trio The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966, his manager Chas Chandler reputedly contacted Stills’ manager to invite Stills to become the group’s bass player. But Stills’ manager was concerned that Stills’ friendship with Hendrix, and his admiration for Hendrix’s genius, might prompt him to take the job rather than continue with Buffalo Springfield. So he didn’t pass the message on.

 

Within a year, though, both Stills and Hendrix were superstars in their own right. They continued to socialise and jam together informally until Hendrix’s untimely death in 1970.

 

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