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New 1968 Hendrix ‘Bootlegs’ On Sale in August

Russell Hall
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06.19.2009
Jimi HendrixA new Jimi Hendrix concert package has been given an August release date from Dagger Records, the official “bootleg” label created by Experience Hendrix.

Beginning Aug. 11, the Jimi Hendrix Experience Live 1968 Paris/Ottawa “fan pack” will the offered exclusively through Amazon.com. The compilation centers on two historic performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience – Jan. 29, 1968 at the famed L ‘Olympia Theater in Paris, France, and Mar. 19, 1968 at the Capital Theater in Ottawa, Canada.

The recordings, along with a slew of bonus materials, are part of a two-disc compilation that includes both shows, and was previously only available via the Dagger Records website.

The Paris concert was recorded by the French broadcasting company RTE, features blistering takes on such classics as “Purple Haze,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” and “Little Wing.” The Ottawa performance was recorded by Hendrix himself, and features a “Hendrix-ized” cover of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” among other tracks.

The set will be available in two configurations, with the more expensive of the two including a colored vinyl album version of Jimi Hendrix Experience Paris ’67. Culled from a French radio broadcast, the album features performances of “Stone Free,” “Hey Joe,” and “Wild Thing.”

In addition to the Paris and Ottawa concert CDs, both sets will include a “Jimi” poster, a T-shirt, a postcard set that replicates classic Hendrix concert posters, a collection of ‘60s-style badges, a Hendrix iPod Skin, and an “all access” pass that unlocks special online content.

The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceJanie Hendrix, who serves as president and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, issued the following statement regarding the release:

“The concept behind this ‘Fan Pack’ is to throw a spotlight on Jimi as a live performer and give a glimmer of what it might have been like to encounter ‘The Experience’ when Jimi had the band at its peak. Jimi never failed to stun and leave audiences breathless with his performance and guitar virtuosity and we think fans today will be no less moved by the offerings included in these packs. This release highlights Dagger’s role in serving fans who want all Jimi had to offer and can’t get enough of his legacy and genius.”

To pre-order either set at Amazon.com, click here.
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