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"Band of Gypsys" Gets New Life

January 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET

The last album approved by the late Jimi Hendrix before his death in 1970, Band of Gypsys, will be heading back into the studio for a digital face-lift. The album will be re-released on Jan 13 on a Hendrix family sanctioned CD edition for the first time. The project will give legendary Hendrix engineer,>Eddie Kramer, his first crack at remastering the tracks from the original two-track mixdown master tapes for compact disc.

The new album will feature the original album artwork plus a new 24-page booklet with liner notes and rare photographs.

"I think Jimi would be really excited about this release, because "Band of Gypsys" shows a little more of his blues and R&B side," says Janie Hendrix-Wright, Jimi's sister and President/CEO of Experience Hendrix. "It reveals another side of his music, a different facet of his creativity."

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