To commemorate Record Store Day’s vinylcentric Back to Black Friday event, Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., in conjunction with Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, is releasing Hear My Music, a set of rare Jimi Hendrix studio recordings under the Dagger Records imprint. It’s an impressive double LP package, pressed on 200 gram audiophile vinyl by Quality Record Manufacturing and part of the Dagger Records series, Hendrix’s official ‘bootleg’ label.
Hear My Music is a unique collection of instrumental recordings that reveal some of the creative explorations Jimi Hendrix was undertaking throughout the first half of 1969. While these recordings were not originally intended for release in their present state, they shine further light on the artist’s creative development and unending quest for new musical challenges. The diversity of the recordings—from solo demos to group efforts with the Jimi Hendrix Experience to free form jam sessions—make clear Hendrix’s sheer love of playing music and interacting with fellow musicians in every setting.
The insightful 11 track release features “Slow Version,” “Ezy Ryder/Star Spangled Banner,” “Jam 292,” “Trash Man,” Message To Love,” “Gypsy Blood,” two versions of “Valleys Of Neptune” including a solo electric guitar rendition and Jimi alone at the piano, “Blues Jam At Olympic,” plus the original unedited versions of “Drone Blue” and “Jimi/Jimmy Jam” from the long out-of-print 1980 release Nine To The Universe. Hear My Music marks the first time these recordings have ever been released in their original unedited format.