Published Jan 19, 2015Legendary guitar hero Jimi Hendrix's back catalogue has long been subject to a litany of reissues, but the latest repackaged release for fans to experience will be the 1990s tribute LP, Stone Free. Featuring cuts recast by Eric Clapton, the Cure, Jeff Beck and even Body Count, the collection gets its first-ever vinyl pressing on February 9 via Music On Vinyl.
Originally delivered in 1993, Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix gathered up a varied list of artists from the worlds of rock, blues, jazz, hip-hop and metal to interpret a number of Hendrix classics. According to a press release, "artists were encouraged to not only record one of their own personal favorites but to also place their stamp on Jimi's songs."
The varied approach had Eric Clapton — backed by Chic's Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson — taking on the title cut, Ice T's Body Count reinterpreting "Hey Joe," classical violinist Nigel Kennedy performing "Fire" and more.
The album also features supergroup M.A.C.C., comprising Pearl Jam's Mick McCready, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron, along with the latter's Soundgarden partner Chris Cornell. Though they had performed together earlier in Temple of the Dog, the cover of Hendrix's "Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)" is the only known recording from M.A.C.C.
Other artists involved in the project included the Cure, P.M. Dawn, the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and Seal, Slash and Paul Rodgers, Living Color, Pat Metheny, Belly, Spin Doctors and more. The first 1,000 copies of the repress arrives on a no doubt hazy-hued slab of "red and purple mixed vinyl." You'll find out more info on the double-LP release down below.
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix:
1. The Cure - "Purple Haze"
2. Eric Clapton - "Stone Free"
3. Spin Doctors - "Spanish Castle Magic"
4. Buddy Guy - "Red House"
1. Body Count - "Hey Joe"
2. Jeff Beck and Seal - "Manic Depression"
3. Nigel Kennedy - "Fire"
1. Pretenders - "Bold as Love"
2. P.M. Dawn - "You Got Me Floatin'"
3. Slash and Paul Rodgers with the Band of Gypsys - "I Don't Live Today"
4. Belly - "Are You Experienced?"
1. Living Color - "Crosstown Traffic"
2. Pat Metheny - "Third Stone From the Sun"
3. M.A.C.C. - "Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)"