West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

Posted by The G on November 10, 2010 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

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West Coast Seattle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology. Out November 16, 2010. GET IT!

2010 has been a banner year for Jimi Hendrix fans.  March saw the release of the eagerly anticipated “Valleys of Neptune” album followed by the release of all of his studio albums (accompanied with remastered sound and bonus documentaries).  Just in time for Christmas, Legacy Recordings is releasing the motherlode:  “West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology.”  Spread across 4 CDs and 1 DVD, this box set features a staggering 45 unreleased songs from all periods of Jimi’s career!

Disc one begins with 15 tracks from Jimi’s early days when he played with musicians such as The Isley Brothers and Little Richard.  I have to admit, as big of a Hendrix fan as I am, I’d never heard most of these songs.  To have them all collected in one place is really cool.  All songs were recorded from 1964 – 1969.  At this point, I should probably mention that the booklet inside the box set is filled with previously unreleased photos and extensive notes about each track.  If applicable, the booklet will tell you recording dates as well as the personnel on each song.

Click to enlarge tracklists for Disc 1 and 2

From the start of Disc 2 through the conclusion of Disc 4, every single track has been previously unreleased until now!  There are demos, alternate mixes and live versions that have all sat in the vaults until the release of “West Coast Seattle Boy.”  Highlights of the package for me include unreleased alternate versions of “Fire,” “Are You Experienced,” an acoustic version of “1983 (A Merman I Shall Turn To Be)” and never before heard songs “Calling All The Devil’s Children,” and the Bob Dylan cover “Tears of Rage.”  The amount of unheard material is really overwhelming, but I can say, for all die-hard fans of Jimi Hendrix, you cannot even think about not owning this set!  The sound is great, the liner notes are well thought out and “West Coast Seattle Boy” definitely raises the bar for collections of unheard material.

Click to enlarge tracklist for Disc 3 and 4

As of press time, I’ve only seen clips of the 5th and final disc, a DVD of the 90 minute documentary “Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child,” but it was put together by Bob Smeaton who did “The Beatles Anthology,” which is by far my favorite music documentary of all time. Bootsy Collins narrates and in addition to ‘greatest hits’ footage, there’s a lot of unseen material including photos, performances and personal drawings, sketches and lyrics.

If you are just discovering the music of Jimi Hendrix, perhaps you might want to start off by getting the albums “The Jimi Hendrix Experience,” “Axis: Bold As Love,” and “Electric Ladyland.”  For long time Jimi fans, this box set is going to give you so many hours of listening pleasure.  As I was listening to all these great songs, it made me realize that though Hendrix only released 3 proper studio albums in his short life, he recorded careers worth of music!  When you think about the fact that he was only 27 when he died, it makes perfect sense that he will always be revered as one of the most creative and musical geniuses ever.

“West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology” is released on November 16, 2010 and according2g, it’s a must have!

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  • Cisco Pike said,

    Makes me miss Jimi ever more than usual. At least we still have music coming out of the vaults …

  • The G said,

    Cisco – take my word for it, you will NOT want to miss this! “West Coast Seattle Boy” is AMAZING!!!!

  • Leah said,

    SO PUMPED for the new album! Tuesday cannot come soon enough… I wanna add WEST COAST SEATTLE BOY to my Jimi collection! I’m thinking about getting the box set from the site… http://www.jimihendrix.com/us/home

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