Reported from Los Angeles by Phyllis Pollack
Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings announced today that they will release an expanded retail edition of the American Masters documentary Jimi Hendrix, Hear My Train A Comin' on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
The concert documentary will include previously unreleased Hendrix performances. Hendrix fans will be thrilled, as it will also be released both on DVD and on Blu-ray.
Also slated for that same date will be the highly anticipated release of the concert recording Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival. This will mark the first time that Hendrix performance has ever been released as originally recorded at the venue.
Eddie Kramer, Hendrix's long-term sound engineer, recorded the show.
Additionally, recently uncovered film footage of Hendrix, performing at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, is among the previously unseen gems that will be featured in American Masters: Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin', which will premiere nationwide on PBS.
It will air on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9-11 p.m. (ET) on PBS. Viewers can check their local listings or visit pbs.org/americanmasters.
Never previously available in any form, Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival will also be released on CD. A limited edition collectors issue of it on numbered double disc 12 inch audiophile vinyl set.
The vinyl’s recording and sound was, of course, cut in analogue. It was mastered by Bernie Grundman, and pressed at QRP on 200 gram vinyl.
The Miami concert is historic for many reasons. Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival marks the first time that live stage performances of "Hear My Train A Comin'" and "Tax Free" were recorded.
Live Hendrix performances heard in the set also include iconic, signature classics as "Fire," "Hey Joe," "I Don't Live Today" and "Purple Haze."
The album notes in the package feature previously unpublished photos that were shot at the festival.
The May 18, 1968 Miami Pop Festival was the first East Coast rock festival to ever ensue. It was co-organized by concert promoter Michael Lang, who went on to organize Woodstock, the concert event of the decade, fifteen months later.
Lang booked the festival at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, and he arranged to have the Jimi Hendrix Experience as the headlining act for the two-day festival.
The film also draws on sources including an extensive collection of photographs, family letters, drawings and other items that have survived, providing new insights into the Hendrix's persona and virtuosity.
Ric O'Barry, who had been the dolphin trainer for the popular television program Flipper, was Lang’s partner in the Miami concert event.
Lang and his partner O’Barry had been inspired by the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, at which Hendrix, made his US debut, and famously set his guitar afire.
Hendrix’s Monterey performance was arguably one of the most critically acclaimed, indelible images to ever take place on a rock and roll event.
The Monterey Pop Festival was staged by music mogul Lou Adler. With a wide range of acts from various genres, it was a turning point in popular culture.
The event that took place at Monterey is heavily documented, both on film, music recordings and in books.
Adler is also known for production work in the studio, which included helming hits by groups such as the Mamas and Papas.He is also iconic as a result of his being among owners of famed rock clubs that are still popular today in Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip.
Although the highly experimental guitarist lived to see only four years of mainstream exposure and recognition, his music and unequalled stage presence has left an enduring legacy.
Hear My Train A Comin' follows Hendrix from his rough childhood in the Seattle area, his time serving as a paratrooper, his playing the South as an unknown sideman for R&B stars, such as Little Richard, Joey Dee and the Isley Brothers, to his discovery in New York, and his resulting international celebrity.
It is told through interviews with Hendrix and with recollections and statements from family members, and well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox.
Also adding commentary are Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, Vernon Reid, Billy Gibbons, Dweezil Zappa, whose late brilliant father, Frank, had the chance to experience Hendrix.
There is also commentary from the three women who were closest to him, Linda Keith, the girlfriend who introduced Jimi to future manager Chas Chandler.
Faye Pridgon, who befriended Hendrix in Harlem in the early 1960s, and Colette Mimram, who designed classic memorable stage costumes for him, including the beaded jacket Hendrix wore at Woodstock, are also seen.
The film discusses Hendrix’s music, the Electric Lady Studios, his state-of-the-art recording facility in Greenwich Village, and it ends with what becomes emotional footage, Hendrix’s final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27.
Hendrix’s sister, Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix issued a statement, referring to "Hear my Train a Comin' is an in-depth look at the life and legacy of Jimi with his own words as well as the words and memories of those that knew him well and were close to him."
She added, "His impression on the world through his genius, music and talent continue to magically touch the lives of ensuing generations."
American Masters: Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin' is directed by the award winning director Bob Smeaton (Festival Express; The Beatles Anthology; Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child; Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock).
Susan Lacy is series creator and executive producer of American Masters.
The expanded DVD features an array of special features highlighted by never before released film footage featuring performances filmed at Miami Pop, and the July 1970 New York Pop Festival.
It also includes footage from the September 6, 1970 Love & Peace Festival in Germany, held at the Isle Of Fehmarm, the final performance by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
The high definition DVD features new stereo and 5.1 surround mixing by Hendrix's engineer Eddie Kramer. The documentary is a production of Fuse Films and Thirteen's American Masters in association with WNET.
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Set List from the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Miami Pop Festival
2. Hey Joe
3. Foxey Lady
4. Tax Free
6. Hear My Train A Comin'
7. I Don't Live Today
8. Red House
9. Purple Haze
10. Fire (Afternoon Show)
11. Foxey Lady (Afternoon Show)