Are You Experienced? and Electric Ladyland are undoubtedly two of [lastfm]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm]‘s greatest albums, and ought to be in the music collection of any rock fanatic, but now hardcore Hendrix fans will have access to some of the guitar legend’s bootleg recordings in digital form.
Discover what recordings are available digitally below!
Dagger Records and Experience Hendrix LLC now offer 11 bootleg concert recordings and studio instrumental compilations in high-resolution 320kbps MP3 format.
The concerts include Live at Oakland Coliseum and Live at the Isle of Fehmarn, along with four albums of Hendrix demoing songs in the recording studio that made it to albums First Rays of the New Rising Sun and Valleys of Neptune as finished works.
Janie Hendrix, his father’s adopted sister, said of the newly released bootleg recordings:
With my late father’s blessing, Dagger Records was devised as an avenue to fulfill the requests of the ‘deep’ Jimi collectors and worshipers for recordings beyond the ‘core releases.’ Dagger material is certainly of great historical significance but might not have been recorded most optimally, a situation that mandated the establishment of a specialty imprint to ensure that consumers are treated as fairly and as honestly as possible.
It’s wonderful to see a legend like Hendrix lives on in the digital age, but there’s something mismatched about music lovers listening to him wail in digital format. Hopefully those remastered tracks will also make it to vinyl, in the format where Hendrix‘s music was first birthed.
The sister also said the digital remastered tracks was their way of ensuring rock fans weren’t ripped-off by poor quality, unofficial recordings sold on the Internet. She said:
I used to see a lot of bootleg albums and I, too, was one of the victims of high prices and shabby production. It really made no sense [considering] that we have a whole vault full of [lastfm]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] material to not make much of it available to enthusiasts on our own terms in a transparent way. Obviously, not all of the material is of the commercial and sonic quality of the core titles so Dagger was devised as a means to market these recordings honestly to offer new insights into Jimi’s creative process for those who are most interested.
We feel it should be pointed out that, in the past, Janie was accused of using the profits of Experience Hendrix LLC to pay for her mortgage (etc.), and that she was accused of tricking her dying father to sign over the trust designed to distribute profits from Hendrix family beneficiaries, including the famous musician’s brother Leon.
So when it comes to strangers profiting off poor quality bootlegs, or his money-hungry sister from quality bootlegs, we’re just saying… her spirit goes against that which Jimi stood for.
Below, Hendrix performing “Purple Haze” live at Monterey in 1967.