Sony will release a restored and newly expanded edition of Jimi Plays Berkeley, on Blu-ray and DVD, on Monday 9 July 2012.
Jimi Plays Berkeley is a documentary film chronicling the two concerts Jimi Hendrix performed at the Berkeley Community Theatre on Saturday, 30 May 1970.
The DVD and Blu-ray have been created from a new, digitally-restored transfer from the original 16mm negative, and includes more than 15 minutes of previously unseen footage of Hendrix classics including Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Machine Gun and Hear My Train A Comin’ not featured in the original film release.
Jimi Plays Berkeley also features a 5.1 surround stereo soundtrack mixed by original Jimi Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer and commentary from Abe Jacob, the audio engineer who recorded the Hendrix Berkeley concerts in 1970.
Even better, as an added bonus, this release includes an audio-only presentation of Jimi’s complete Berkeley 30 May 1970 second show mixed in 5.1 surround sound.
This second set from 30 May 1970, will also be released separately on CD and on heavyweight vinyl as Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At Berkeley (The Second Set). The audiophile vinyl double album release is an all analog recording cut by Bernie Grundman from the master tapes andstruck by Quality Record Pressings (QRP) on 200 gram vinyl.