Get ready to be experienced, again, on vinyl.
Sundazed Music and Experience Hendrix have announced a new series of 7-inch vinyl singles, housed in picture sleeves, featuring music not before released in the single format. The first such single will arrive in April, and both sides will be taken from Hendrix’s incendiary BBC performances of 1967 (released on CD and vinyl LP by Experience Hendrix as BBC Sessions).
Hendrix’s October 17, 1967 performance of Bob Dylan’s “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” was recorded for the BBC’s Rhythm and Blues show. At the time of Hendrix’s performance, the song had only been available as a single (with “Highway 61 Revisited” as its flipside) and so it wasn’t one of Dylan’s most familiar songs. Hendrix, as always, was ready to reinvent the song with a blazing interpretation. “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” is backed with the Hendrix original “Burning of the Midnight Lamp,” as performed on August 24, 1967 on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops.
The Top of the Pops performance was captured just one week after the song had been released in the U.K. on the Track Records label. Sundazed relates an amusing anecdote pertaining to the broadcast: “In keeping with strict Musician Union regulations, Jimi was to sing live atop the song’s instrumental backing track. The Top of the Pops presenter announced the Experience, but then ‘The House That Jack Built’ by the Alan Price Set began to play. A few seconds in, Jimi, ever polite, offered an apology: ‘I’m sorry, man, but I don’t know the words…” As panic no doubt ensued within the studio’s control room, the program’s flustered presenter apologized and implored Jimi to try it once again.” Hit the jump for more!
Both sides of this inaugural single feature the original Jimi Hendrix Experience line-up: Hendrix on guitar and vocals, Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass. This release, like those that will follow, will feature a full-color picture sleeve.
The association with Sundazed follows a fruitful 2011 for the partnership between Experience Hendrix and Sony’s Legacy Recordings. South Saturn Delta and In the West were restored to the artist’s catalogue along with the tribute album Power of Soul and DVD releases of Band of Gypsys Live at the Fillmore East, Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight and Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show. The centerpiece of the 2011 releases, however, was undoubtedly Winterland, a 4-CD box set chronicling Hendrix’ s October 1968 stand at the San Francisco music palace.
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window/Burning of the Midnight Lamp will be presented in mono, and is scheduled to arrive from Sundazed Music and Experience Hendrix in April. What’s up next from Experience Hendrix? Watch this space.