Does the sound of college radio DJs grousing about rock and roll legends ever get old? If so, I apologize. Also, you might be reading the wrong blog.
The most interesting thing to me about the debate that raged on the cover for the 1988 release Radio One (which collected a bunch of 1967 BBC Radio sessions from Jimi Hendrix and his Experience) is that no one mentions what has become a given around these parts: Hendrix’s status as a local boy. Despite the fact that (to my knowledge) he never recorded a note while he lived here, he did grow up around these parts and we love to claim him as our own: last I checked his CDs were filed in the local section at KEXP, and Are You Experienced? was announced as the #2 greatest local release of all time in the station’s June countdown. Something tells me these guys might have had some beef with that on multiple levels.
“Jimi rules! This album is so great. Not just some necrophiliac reissue rip-off -- no!!! These are live,early tracks, & they RIP. Originals & a mass of pop & blues covers. Sound quality is up to Rykodisc’s beautifully high standards.”
“We’ve got so many great records in M. This should go in the behind L section for some extended period.”
“H H H!”
“Give me a fucking break!”
“This is better than any of the stuff in M.”
“ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Yeah, sure.”
“The most important Hendrix release in a long time. I like the version of ‘Catfish Blues’ the best.”
“Would he release this if he were alive?”
“...so Ithe other day I was listening to KCMU in my car and this came on. I started switching back + forth between KCMU + KXKX + KBW + KZOK and found no difference... This may be decent for archival reasons but not rotational reason. Or Take 2: can vinyl be recycled?”
“I second the vote for recycling... hey Sebastian, do we have a bin for over-rated dead musicians whose stuff we already have too much of in the library? It ain’t M, that’s fer sure... will we get hot about this when it comes on CD too? Gee, can we? Huh, can we?”