Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Hendrix Sales Topped One Million




Jimi Hendrix Sales Topped One Million In 2010

By VVN Music , Paul Cashmere

Jimi Hendrix died more than 40 years ago but his music is still selling. In 2010, more than 1 million Hendrix albums were bought by fans.

This year, three more releases have been scheduled for the Hendrix Estate. All will be available on April 12.

First up is a reissue of Power Of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, a collection of sixteen performances covering artists both classic and modern. It is the first tribute album to be curated under Hendrix LLC and they assembled quite the roster from Santana, Eric Clapton and Sting to archive tracks from John Lee Hooker and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.

The album was originally released on May 4, 2004.

A special vinyl single taken from the album will also be released for record store day featuring tracks by Cee Lo Green, Santana and Robert Randolph & the Slide Brothers.

The track list for the album:

Gratitude - James Al Hendrix
Are You Experienced? - Musiq Soulchild
Spanish Castle Magic - Santana
Purple House - Prince
The Wind Cries Mary - Sting
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Earth, Wind & Fire
Power Of Soul - Bootsy Collins (featuring George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars)
Burning Of The Midnight Lamp - Eric Clapton
Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) - Lenny Kravitz
30 Years - James Al Hendrix
Who Knows - Devoted Spirits (featuring George Duke)
Purple Haze - Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Going Home - Velvert Turner
Little Wing - Chaka Khan & Kenny Olson
Castles Made Of Sand - Sounds Of Blackness
May This Be Love - Eric Gales
Foxy Lady - Cee-Lo Green
Red House - John Lee Hooker
Little Wing/3rd Stone From The Sun - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.

South Saturn Delta is a reissue of the 1997 album that collects rare tracks from every incarnation of group in which Hendrix played including both versions of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, his expanded Woodstock ensemble Gypsy Sun & Rainbows, and the Band of Gypsys.

There are fifteen tracks on the album, including demos to lost masters. Alongside lost gems as Tax Free, Look Over Yonder, and Pali Gap stand previously unreleased recordings including Here He Comes (Lover Man), Message To The Universe and Midnight Lightning.

The album will be released on CD, digital download and double-12" vinyl.

The final re-release will be a DVD of Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys (Live at Fillmore East), the Grammy award winner for Best Long Form Video of 1999. The 83-minute documentary includes interviews with Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles with additional comments from Lenny Kravitz, Vernon Reed and Slash. The concert footage is the only known footage of the group in concert, including Jimi's stunning and devastating performance of Machine Gun.

The new edition of the DVD also has previously unseen bonus features, new stereo and 5.1 mixes and additional footage of performances of Foxy Lady, Power Of Soul, Stepping Stone and Who Knows.

Legacy's first round of Jimi Hendrix releases opened with the release of Valleys of Neptune, a long-awaited album of previously unavailable Jimi Hendrix studio recordings, which debuted on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart at #4 while four additional Hendrix catalog titles (Are You Experienced (#44), Electric Ladyland (#60), First Rays of the New Rising Sun (#63), and Axis: Bold As Love (#67)) rocketed back into the Billboard 200 four decades after their original release dates. A testimony to the enduring vitality and importance of the trailblazing artist-guitarist-performer, Jimi Hendrix had five albums in America's Top 100 in March 2010.

The second wave of 2010 Jimi Hendrix titles culminated in the long awaited release of West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, a definitive career-spanning four CD box set tracking Hendrix's remarkable journey from R&B sideman to international stardom. The deluxe set is filled with previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix Experience recordings plus demos, alternate takes and more. The newly curated and assembled Jimi Hendrix anthology will include a new Hendrix documentary directed by the Grammy award winning Bob Smeaton (Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, Beatles: The Studio Recordings).

(This article says it all, the classics always live on. Jimi Hendrix may be gone but his essence, his art, his music will always live on, it's his legacy. Same is true of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, The Beatles etc. Their music lives on for another generation to discover and enjoy.)

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