Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings have announced a brand-new collection that celebrates The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s near-mythic performances on Maui, Hawaii in 1970. Live In Maui brings together audio and video with a new feature-length documentary called Music, Money, Madness: Jimi Hendrix In Maui. The collection will be available in 2-CD/Blu-ray and 3-LP/Blu-ray configurations, all due on November 20.
Hendrix’s performances on Maui in 1970 caught him at another pivotal point in his too-short career. Following the success of Electric Ladyland, he alternated between playing arenas and festivals with his revamped Experience alongside bandmates Billy Cox (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums), and overseeing the creation of his state-of-the-art Greenwich Village studio, Electric Lady Studios. In need of additional financing to complete building the studio, manager Michael Jeffery convinced Warner Bros. to advance Hendrix $500,000.00. The studio would also finance a film to be shot in Maui: Rainbow Bridge. Warner would then receive the soundtrack rights to the exclusive Hendrix music in the movie.
The impressionistic film, directed by Chuck Wein, would explore themes of enlightenment, with the titular rainbow bridge connecting the enlightened and unenlightened worlds. It wasn’t much of a concert movie, though, as only 17 minutes of footage were included from the free show Hendrix held on a Maui cattle ranch on July 30, 1970 (one day before a Honolulu arena performance). Even those weren’t “pure” as Mitch Mitchell had to re-record his parts at the recently-opened Electric Lady to make the footage useable. Sadly, Jimi Hendrix was gone before the film was ever completed. He died in London on September 18, 1970. Upon the film’s release in 1971, fans were confused by it as well as the meticulously overdubbed soundtrack album which premiered Hendrix studio material but didn’t actually include any music from the film or the two Maui sets.
Director John McDermott’s new documentary film chronicles the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s visit to Maui and the story of the film by incorporating period footage with new interviews with Chuck Wein, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, and others key figures. It’s presented in both editions of Experience Hendrix/Legacy’s release on Blu-ray, and the discs will also feature all of the existing 16mm color footage from the two afternoon sets captured on July 30, 1970 mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround.
The accompanying 2-CD set features Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Mitch Mitchell’s restored Maui sets, newly mixed by Eddie Kramer and mastered by Bernie Grundman. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” has been released as a preview single for the box. “Jimi loved adventure and there was certainly no shortage of it during his time in Hawaii, a place he also loved,” comments Janie Hendrix in the press release. “The back story of Rainbow Bridge and these recordings paint a picture of Jimi’s uncanny ability to turn the bizarre into something amazing! We’re excited about this release because it gives the world a closer look at Jimi’s genius.”
You can order your copy of Live in Maui (due on November 20) with the links below, and whet your appetite with a taste of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” here!
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Live in Maui (Experience Hendrix/Legacy, 2020)
2-CD/ Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
3-LP/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
Music and merch bundles: Authentic Hendrix Store
- Chuck Wein Introduction
- Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
- In From the Storm
- Foxey Lady
- Hear My Train A-Comin’
- Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
- Purple Haze
- Spanish Castle Magic
- Lover Man
- Message to Love
- Dolly Dagger
- Villanova Junction
- Ezy Ryder
- Red House
- Jam Back at the House
- Straight Ahead
- Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) / Midnight Lightning
- Stone Free
- Chuck Wein Introduction
- Music, Money, Madness: Jimi Hendrix In Maui film
- Bonus Live Footage