Forthcoming release will end a decades-long legal wrangle
Following decades of litigation, a deal has been reached to allow the release of 88 studio recordings made by Jimi Hendrix between 1965 and 1967.
The rights to the recordings now belong to the Hendrix family’s music company, Experience Hendrix LLC, and Sony Music’s catalogue division Legacy Recordings. They date back to the guitarist’s stint in the band Curtis Knight And The Squires.
As reported by Rolling Stone, the deal ends the Hendrix family’s protracted legal dispute between with PPX Enterprises and company founder Ed Chalpin, who made the recordings.
Legacy and Experience Hendrix now plan on releasing newly remastered versions of these recordings under the watch of producer and engineer Eddie Kramer, who worked on many of Hendrix’s best-loved albums including ‘Are You Experienced’ and ‘Electric Ladyland’. Fans can expect to hear some live performances among the 88 tracks, including a set recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey in December 1965.
As well as his stint in the R&B group Curtis Knight and the Squires, Hendrix performed as a sideman for The Isley Brothers and Little Richard before the formation of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
The agreement comes in advance of the release of Jimi: All Is By My Side, a Hendrix biopic starring OutKast’s Andre 3000. The film roughly covers the same time period that the recordings chronicle.