I wasn’t that surprised to see that Valleys of Neptune (the latest collection of previously unreleased Hendrix recordings released as a new album) debuted at #4 on the US album charts this week, because Hendrix definitely seems to have an enduring popularity. But I was a bit surprised to see how many of his older albums were also on the charts. But then I saw that there are new CD/DVD and vinyl releases for each of his previous albums so there are a lot of Hendrix fans picking those up.
This is a rundown of all of the Hendrix albums in the top 100:
A new Jimi Hendrix album including previously unreleased recordings made from February to May 1969 is due out on March 9, 2010: Valleys Of Neptune.
The 12 song track listing includes some songs that just about every Hendrix fan will already be familiar with (including “Stone Free,” “Fire,” & “Red House”) but it also includes some songs such as the title track and a cover of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” which have not been given an official release before.
The familiar songs will be heard in new ways (at least for those who are not collectors of bootlegs) as these are different recordings of those famous songs. And even those who are bootleg collectors will be pleased to hear these songs in pristine audio quality for the first time. Continue reading “New Jimi Hendrix Album: Valleys Of Neptune” »
At 71 minutes, Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde fits on one CD. Of course with CD’s becoming increasingly irrelevant, what does that really matter? Which leads me to a bit of a meditation on what constitutes a double album in the digital era? How long does an album have to be? Or is length not the real factor in determining an album “double albumness” in 2009? More on this when when I get to The Flaming Lips new album, Embryonic.
Dylan was a ground breaker (not surprisingly) with the first double album in rock music history when it was released in 1966. It’s considered by many to be Dylan’s best album (or if not his best, one of his best.) It’s currently ranked as his 3rd most popular album (after Highway 61 Revisited & Bringing It All Back Home) on RateYourMusic and at #15 overall making it an obvious classic.
I go back and forth personally. Sometimes this is my favorite Dylan album, sometimes it’s not. But it’s definitely among his best in my opinion. You can’t really go wrong with songs like “Visions of Johanna,” “Stuck Inside of Mobile, with the Memphis Blues Again,” and “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat.”
The fab four are actually a bit late to the box set game as they are finally (in 2009) releasing their first CD box sets (I know, I know, what about the Capital Box Sets? Eh…) Of course they are doing it in style with not just one box set but two. There’s a Beatles Stereo Box Set which includes every song The Beatles recorded & released from 1962 through 1970 in newly remastered stereo sound. And there’s a Beatles Mono Box Set which includes their work up through 1968 (The White Album) in their original mono mixes on CD for the first time.
The Limited Edition Catalog Box Set includes 15 albums in both CD & SACD versions (SACD = extremely high sound quality.) Most of the albums are also included in a 5.1 mix (which is great if you have your system set up for it.)
There’s The Golden Road which includes 12 discs covering the years 1965 through 1973 and there’s Beyond Description which includes 12 discs covering 1973 through 1989. Grateful Dead fans may also be interested in the Jerry Garcia box set All Good Things which includes 6 discs covering Garcia’s solo career from ’72 through ’82.
Jimi Hendrix died from a drug overdose on September 18, 1970. He was in London when he died and he was only 27 years old.
Hendrix is considered by most critics to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Along with being an incredible guitarist, Hendrix was also a singer & a songwriter. Hendrix wrote most of his classic hits such as “Purple Haze.”
Hendrix actually only released three studio albums during his career but many more studio recordings and live recordings have been released since his death.
Those three studio albums are 1967′s Are You Experienced & Axis: Bold as Love, and 1968′s Electric Ladyland.
He had some big hits in the UK (“Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” & “All Along the Watchtower” all reached the top 10 in the UK) but “All Along the Watchtower was his biggest US hit and it only reached #20.