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Jimi Hendrix’s early session recordings to get long-awaited release

Jimi Hendrix’s early session recordings to get long-awaited release

In this undated photo, Jimi Hendrix performs with a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. Photo: Associated Press//File

Jimi Hendrix’s early recordings as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires is set for a proper release after years of legal roadblocks.

The 88 studio recordings Hendrix made as a session guitarist for the R&B group between 1965 and 1967 finally belong to his family’s music company, Experience Hendrix LLC.

The deal marks the end of the long battle the Hendrix estate had with music producer Ed Chalpin, who originally recorded the tracks.

Chalpin initially signed Hendrix and Knight to a three-year contract with his company PPX International for just $1 and a one per cent royalty rate.

Just before Hendrix went out to pursue a solo career, his manager Chas Chandler bought out every contract Hendrix had previously signed, with the exception of PPX.

After Hendrix became a success, Chalpin and PPX released a number of Knight’s records to make it look like Hendrix was a key member of the band.

In 2001, executives at Experience Hendrix LLC won a lawsuit over Chalpin and PPX, enforcing a 1973 consent decree to limit the producer’s rights in Hendrix records to 33 masters. In 2006, Experience Hendrix LLC bosses also secured a court order against Chalpin.

Now, the musician’s tracks with Knight will be remastered and issued over the next three years through Sony Music’s catalogue division, Legacy Recordings.

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