Classic Hits News – Hendrix, Jagger and Clapton
Jimi Hendrix recorded a ton of material in his short life. Slowly, a lot of that material is being mastered and released -- Also this week; Mick Jagger producing a film about Elvis and re-mixed material from an acoustic Eric Clapton set.
MORE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED HENDRIX TO BE RELEASED
The seemingly bottomless Jimi Hendrix vault will swing open once again on November 5 with the simultaneous release of a new documentary and a live album featuring previously unreleased performances. The documentary, Hear My Train A Comin’, will also air on PBS as part of the network’s American Masters series on the same day of its release, and the CD holds two shows from the Miami Pop Festival on May 18, 1968.
JAGGER PICKS DIRECTOR FOR PRESLEY FILM
Taking his role as film producer seriously, Mick Jagger has hired British director Kevin McDonald (The Last King of Scotland) to steer the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, Last Train to Memphis, which is being produced through the Rolling Stones frontman’s Jagger Films company. The film is based on the 1995 Peter Guralnick biography of the same name. An open casting call has been issued for actors between 18 and 22 to play a young King of Rock.
CLAPTON’S UNPLUGGED DELUXE EDITION DUE NEXT MONTH
The fine folks at Reprise Records will reprise Eric Clapton’s classic Unplugged album as a new two-CD/DVD expanded edition appropriately titled Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered, available October 15. Highlights in the forthcoming collection include six unreleased outtakes, and the DVD boasts a newly restored version of the original concert, as well as over an hour of previously unreleased footage from the rehearsals leading up to the historic show.