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Jimi Hendrix from the Benjamin Franklin studios

by Gary Geldeart; Steve Rodham

  Print book  |  3rd ed

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Definitive review of the Jimi Hendrix canon   (2009-08-25)


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by LLuuccyy

Gary Geldeart and Steve Rodham run the Jimi Hendrix magazine Jimpress, in the twenty years that they have been doing this they have also spent a huge amount of time and effort cataloguing every sound ever recorded by Jimi Hendrix (with or without his knowledge). The fruit of their labours is this three volume set, the third edition of From The Benjamin Franklin Studios.

Volume 1 details every version of every song known to exist; as well as standard studio output this includes jams, professional live recordings, amateur live recordings, media appearances, and anything else you can think of. Every version is cross referenced to a disc where you can find it, if one exists. An ever reducing number of tracks are only available on trading discs exchanged by collectors. The comprehensive appendices to this volume take an in-depth look at many subjects including jam sessions, the Curtis Knight recordings, the Band of Gypsys rehearsal, video archives and much more.

Many recordings have only been released on unofficial bootleg releases, Volumes 2 and 3 detail and picture every one of these releases known to exist, track listings are fully cross referenced to Volume 1. Also included in Volume 2 are full track listings and images for all official releases used as reference points in Volume 1.

Never a series to be sat and read, these are works of reference laid out a concise and easy manner that make sense of an impossibly complicated recorded legacy. A must have for fans and historians alike. The yardstick that all future discographies should be measured against. In the Hendrix world it is unlikely ever to be better unless there is a fourth edition.

Lucy (Portsmouth, England)

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