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Hendrix, Jimi – “Jimi Hendrix Experience, The” – [Mca Records]

Hawkeye Joe   3/27/2010   12-inch, B Library

Sure, an 8-lp boxed set of even more Hendrix alternate takes, unissued material & (finally!) miraculously restored live bits might seem like overkill to a cynic. Even worse, the thought that such re-issues are based on more of a motivation for heirs, labels & copyright owners to rake in more flthy lucre on the bones of a dead artist may come to mind. Be that as it may, if you are an aficionado of Jimi as am I, this is one hell of a find. Extensive notes in the accompanying booklet detail when each cut was recorded, session player info and colorful photos of the band add to the fun. Tracks such as “Cherokee Mist”, released for the first time on this collection are the ones that stand out for me. Kudos to the Hendrix family trust, the “suits” at the label & the KFJC Music Dept. for having the open-mindedness & good taste to make this possible to play on the radio in the 21st century.

Stonemans, The – “All In The Family” – [Mgm Records]

Hawkeye Joe   3/24/2010   12-inch, Country

A compact LP of tunes that The Stonemans put out the year they won the CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” (1967). Group patriarch “Pop” Stoneman had Country music’s first million-seller in 1924 with “The Sinking of the Titanic”. Here, with five of his offspring, are 11 cuts, witha a mixture of blugrass, “traditional” (1960’s) Nashville sound & A few current songs of that time: “Early Mornin’ Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot & “Rita” by Doug Kershaw. Two singles were culled from this release: “West Canterbury Subdivision Blues” (reached #49 on Country charts) & a smokin’ version of “Cimarron”. A fun LP, predating the demise of “Pop” and Ronnie’s regular slot on Hee Haw by a few years.