10 More Years of Hendrix Tunes

March 25, 2009 | By | Reply More

hendrix_royalalbert_70sBut are they ‘new?’

As we all know by now, in 3 years Jimi Hendrix gave us more music than we ever could have expected. Just in case you thought what’s out there is “it,” looks like that’s not the case.

Experience Hendrix, the company set up to administer Jimi’s work, this week signed a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group to handle the Hendrix catalog.

Before you yawn, consider this statement by Jimi’s half-sister Janie, who runs the show at Experience Hendrix: There are “10 more years” of material in the vaults. If true, that’s awesome.

More info, from musicradar.com and Billboard.com:

> Experience Hendrix expects to release at least two ‘new’ albums this year. One will be on its Dagger ‘bootleg’ imprint, which is sold only through its website.

> Also forthcoming are CDs and DVDs of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1969 performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. When Hendrix performed Feb. 18 and Feb. 24, 1969, at Royal Albert Hall, a camera crew followed him for a month, yielding candid footage of him at home, about town and hanging out backstage. Janie says with this footage the DVD will be a “reality TV” look at Jimi.

Jimi Playing the Royal Albert Hall, Foxy Lady

> Janie says she is overseeing studio work “transferring tapes of Band of Gypsys performances that have never been released before.” [Sweet!]

> Though it’s not clear if it’s part of this deal, it seems that an album of material with Jimi and Stephen Stills is in the works.

Though the music industry uses some questionable measuring tools, here are some figures: U.S. downloads of Hendrix songs grew from 800,000 in 2007 to 915,000 in 2008, and his CD catalogue continues to sell around 1.2 million worldwide per year.

Jimi released just three studio albums in his lifetime, yet some experts estimate there have been over 160 albums now issued.

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