For the past two weeks, I’ve been listening to the massive new Jimi Hendrix anthology called — “West Coast Seattle Boy” — and this four-CD installment brings a whole new era to the Hendrix musical canon:  His early life as a session player.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to wrap your ears around this new Hendrix anthology, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Here’s a VEVO video promoting the anthology:

Here’s a blurp from the Fender website celebrating Jimi’s newest release from the grave:

Presenting more than four hours of rare and previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix music on five discs (four CDs and a 90-minute documentary DVD, Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child), West Coast Seattle Boy is a treasure trove of fresh material from all phases of Hendrix’s phenomenal recording career.

Its 45 unreleased live and studio recordings include demos and alternate versions of songs from Hendrix’s seminal albums, and the most complete collection of his pre-Experience R&B performances with acts such as the Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Don Covay, King Curtis and others.

I spent $40.00USD on the “iTunes LP” version of the anthology, and for the first time in my iTunes buying experience, the enhancements are worthwhile, they mean something and they add value to the music.

I am especially enamored with the private, early, images of Jimi included in my set purchase.

You get a wide-ranging sense of his genuine, early, talent.

You can also divine how his early ability was coached into blossoming by experience into something giant and undying.

There is no DVD with my iTunes bundle, but I did get three, four-minute, videos that added some insight and fun:

The Liner Notes are outstanding and detailed.  You get tons of luscious, if unimaginable, information:

Here’s my iTunes Ping Proof of Purchase — so you know I put my money where my review stands:

“West Coast Seattle Boy” is a divine gift to any true Hendrix fan because you get the raw, unfinished work that speaks to a great, musical, genius that only comes along once every hundred years.


    1. Wow, that sounds pretty neat, Gordon. Yes, some of these recordings are a little scratchy and dense — not a good listening experience unless you’re a big fan.

    1. There’s a fantastic version of Red House that runs 7:30, and a mesmerizing “Play That Riff Again” tidbit that runs 30 seconds. Mesmerizing!

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