View Full Version : 50 Unreleased Albums We'd Kill To Hear - No.2 Jimi Hendrix Black Gold

08-11-14, 01:16 PM
2. Jimi Hendrix Black Gold Planned Release Date: Between Now and 2020

Reason It Was Shelved: In a strange series of events that have given Black Gold mythical standing, Jimi Hendrix gave his copy of the recordings to his drummer Mitch Mitchell. Shortly thereafter, Hendrix tragically died and Mitchell completely forgot about the tapes. Although they have now been located, they have yet to be released and only a handful of people have ever heard them.

Why We'd Kill To Hear It: Because it's Jimi fucking Hendrix, is that even a question? The contents of the tapes has been speculated over by Hendrix fanatics for years but no matter what's on there its got to be dope. Hendrix's sister, Janie, said in 2010 that the material would be released in the next decade so let's all just keep our fingers crossed.


08-11-14, 03:26 PM
I don't believe there are tapes credited to be Black Gold. I think it was just an idea with several songs planned for it, but I don't believe it is a set of songs with that title on the box. It'll be used for just another compilation of studio outtakes.

08-11-14, 05:30 PM
I don't believe there are tapes credited to be Black Gold.

What's your stance on Global warming? :smug:

From the rock and roll bible that is Wikipedia :distrust:

In early 1970, Jimi Hendrix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix) recorded an autobiographical song cycle in his Greenwich Village (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich_Village) apartment that he titled Black Gold.[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Gold_(Jimi_Hendrix_recordings)#cite_note-1) The tapes consisted of 16 songs, all created by a solo Hendrix armed only with his voice and a Martin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._F._Martin_%26_Company) acoustic guitar. Near the end of the collection lies an embryonic two-part rendition of his superhero themed funk-rock tune Astro Man, in which Hendrix sings lines from the 1950s Mighty Mouse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Mouse) cartoon theme and makes humorous references to Superman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman). Other songs from the Black Gold sessions were also further developed in the studio and have surfaced in the Hendrix catalogue ("Stepping Stone", "Machine Gun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Gun_(Jimi_Hendrix_song))", and "Drifting"), but at least nine of the songs are known to be unique to the tapes.
Months later, at the Isle of Wight Festival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Wight_Festival_1970), Hendrix gave the tapes to his drummer Mitch Mitchell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Mitchell) to have him listen and comment on the necessary rhythm section requirements for recording the songs. After Hendrix's death in September 1970, Mitchell simply forgot about the tapes, apparently unaware that they were one-of-a-kind masters. For 22 years, the Black Gold tapes sat in a black Ampex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampex) tape box that Hendrix tied shut with a headband and labelled "BG".
It was not until 1992 that Tony Brown, the avid Hendrix collector and biographer, interviewed Mitchell and learnt that the mythical Black Gold tapes, thought to have been stolen from Jimi's apartment by vandals who ransacked it for collectibles soon after his death, were lying in Mitchell's home in England. Mitchell also possessed the Martin guitar that was used to create the material. Brown was invited to review the tapes and published a summary of his account, but to date the material has not been released and is not available to Hendrix collectors.
There is a bootleg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootleg_recording) release called Black Gold but that is a collection of Electric Ladyland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_Ladyland) outtakes and rehearsals, and does not include the Greenwich Village material. Only Brown and a handful of friends close to Mitch Mitchell have listened to the real Black Gold tapes.
Many aficionados consider Black Gold the "holy grail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_grail)" of Hendrix collectibles. The themed songs, plus the label markings and conventions used by Hendrix to identify the tapes lead fans to believe that this demo represents a proposed fifth studio album and predict that the material will reveal the broadest extensions of Hendrix's intended musical direction.
Mitch Mitchell's association with Experience Hendrix LLC (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Experience_Hendrix_LLC&action=edit&redlink=1) was an indicator that Black Gold might see worldwide release. Mitchell's death, however, means that the future and whereabouts of Black Gold are even more uncertain. In March 2010, Janie Hendrix stated that Black Gold will be released "this decade".[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Gold_(Jimi_Hendrix_recordings)#cite_note-2) "Suddenly November Morning" was included in the album West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Coast_Seattle_Boy:_The_Jimi_Hendrix_Anthology ), released in November 2010. The first track on the Black Gold suite, it was released as the last track on the album. This is the only track from Black Gold ever released.

08-14-14, 06:00 PM

Voodoo Kush
08-14-14, 07:34 PM

omg lmao