Saturday, February 04, 2017

room full of mirrors


it would very much distress me, look you see, if people out there reading this got all distressed at the idea of me leaving something that was to be followed up and i did not follow it up. this is all the more so when it has been a particularly popular read amongst you, the people.

this has been the case with a recent post, namely this one, concerning three rather superb recordings by Jimi Hendrix which my Dad sent on. in that post i, i think, gave every indication that my Dad proposed to send on more. he did, and i got them, and here they are.

such is the dynamic clarity of Commodore 64 mode with the scan lines on that i do not believe i need to tell you which three further recordings arrived. if, however for some reason you cannot quite make out which three, there at the front is the compiled recordings released under the name People, Hell & Angels. behind that is another compiled recordings release, named Valleys Of Neptune. and behind that is Band Of Gypsys, which is a different set of recordings from the Filmore East concerts which i got the week before in the form of Machine Gun.

indeed no, Room Full Of Mirrors as a song does not actually feature on any of these sets, but it is a song that i happen to quite like, so i just went with that for the title.

if, as is widely known, Jimi Hendrix "only" release 3 official records in his all too brief lifetime, then how is it that, many years later, many "new" songs from him turned up? as in where were they and why only at some point was it decided to release them in the late 90s onwards? a good question, or set of questions, and not ones without controversy, for some had alleged that, due to the sheer volume and quality of the recordings, perhaps some were not Hendrix, but were recorded more recently and released simply to allow the Hendrix estate to cash in on his name.

the final point above is poppycock, or just sheer spiteful nonsense. the provenance of all the recordings is laid out for all to see, and no one involved in the recordings with Jimi has ever refuted the authenticity of them.

Jimi, in truth, was prolific. when not on stage, or doing drugs, or getting acquainted with ladies, he was in the studio. actually one suspects the last three happened all at once more than once, but to dwell upon such things shall only serve to make me, and millions of other, insatiably jealous. Jimi left behind enough material for many albums to be released posthumously, although obviously he did not do so deliberately. one or two came out after his passing, as is the way of a posthumous release, but further ones were blocked when rights, permissions and money were all brought to the fore. all things resolved eventually, and hence the flurry of releases which eventually came along.

musicians having a stockpile of recorded yet unreleased material is the norm rather than the unusual. the classic example is Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones. brilliant record, compiled from some ten years of unreleased recordings. Prince, as is well known, has left more than he released in his lifetime locked in a vault. and, well, so on.

anyhow, thanks again Dad for the further Hendrix experiences!

be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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