By Daniel Kreps
Unreleased songs, alternate takes, rare live recordings and Jimi Hendrix’s early work as a session musician will all be unearthed for the upcoming four-disc box set West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology. The collection charts Hendrix’s career from his time as guitarist for the Isley Brothers and Little Richard to the weeks before his death in 1970, when he was recording alone in his New York apartment. The 45 unreleased recordings will be paired with a new documentary, Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child, a 90-minute film culled from Hendrix’s own words and read by Parliament’s Bootsy Collins. West Coast Seattle Boy is out November 16th. List: the 100 Greatest Guitarists. The anthology’s first disc will focus on Hendrix’s work as a sideman; the second and third discs, on alternate takes of classics like “Fire” and “May This Be Love,” plus a heap of unreleased tracks; and the fourth on Hendrix’s December 31st, 1969 concert at the Fillmore East, plus private recordings Jimi made in his Greenwich Village apartment in 1970. Notable tracks: A recording of “Everlasting First” that pairs Hendrix with Love’s Arthur Lee, and alternate versions of “1983 (A Merman I Shall Turn To Be)” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” West Coast Seattle Boy will also feature a never-before-heard recording of Hendrix covering Bob Dylan’s “Tears of Rage.” (“All Along the Watchtower,” Hendrix’s cover of Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding track, is among Hendrix’s best-known songs.) Jimi Hendrix: classic photos. In a statement, Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister and president of Experience Hendrix, says: “This vast exploration of my brother’s musical and life experiences leaves no stone unturned and is sure to broaden our understanding of who Jimi really was, not only as a legendary musician, but also as a timeless messenger of love.” West Coast Seattle Boy will wrap up a year’s worth of Hendrix releases in which his entire discography was reissued.