Coming on November 22nd is the latest Jimi Hendrix archival release, Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts. The five-CD or eight-LP set, which is a joint project via Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Sony/Legacy Recordings, features over two dozen tracks that have either never before been released commercially or have been newly remixed.
According to the press release for Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts:
The original 1970 Band Of Gypsys album was edited and sequenced from songs performed during the two Fillmore sets on January 1, 1970. Subsequent collections mined more material from each of the performances with significant chunks of these phenomenal recordings from those nights sitting unreleased for almost half a century.
Newly mixed and restored in sequence without edits, fans can finally hear Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles blast through their genre-defying sets that included freshly written songs like 'Earth Blues' and 'Stepping Stone,' as well as Experience favorites inclusive of 'Foxey Lady,' 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return),' 'Wild Thing,' 'Hey Joe' and 'Purple Haze.' Additionally, exciting new versions of Howard Tate‘s 'Stop,' 'Steal Away,' by Jimmy Hughes and a searing 'Bleeding Heart' by Elmore James highlighted the command that the trio had over blues & R&B music.”
Back on July 7th, 1969, Jimi Hendrix appeared on ABC's The Dick Cavett Show and explained how he felt that music was becoming the definitive and truest form of communication: “It's getting to me more spiritual so. . . than anything now. Pretty soon I believe that we have to rely on music to get some peace of mind or some satisfaction — direction, actually. More so than politics, because, like, politics is really an ego scene. It's the art of words, which means nothing, y'know? So, therefore, you have to rely on more of an Earthier substance — like music.”
Bassist Billy Cox told us that unlike most acts of the day, Hendrix enjoyed complete freedom during his live shows: “He could do what he wanted to do onstage, and people loved that and accepted him, because at that time, and at that moment, he was unique — in every way, shape, or form. Therefore, he could get away with doing things that the average musician could not get away with.”
Jimi Hendrix's producer Eddie Kramer, whose relationship with Hendrix began when he engineered 1967's Are You Experienced?, says that Hendrix was far more than the flaky psychedelic-blues guitarist he's been portrayed as over the years: “Very sharp, very focused, very funny, very shy. Totally dedicated to his music and his art. I would call him a universal human being, who was interested in his fellow man. Didn't think of himself as black, white, green, purple — mind you, he did think in colors, but not those colors. He thought everything should be in colors. He was such a complete human being with, with such far-reaching intellect that I think is not really recognized as much today. The ultimate electronic space cowboy.”
IN OTHER HENDRIX-RELATED NEWS
The 2019 Experience Hendrix tour is now out on the road for string of fall dates. This year's lineup features such heavyweights as Joe Satriani, Taj Mahal, Dweezil Zappa, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, and Band Of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox.