Jimi Hendrix's stepsister has defended her decision to keep the rock legend's latest release, VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE, a closely guarded secret - fearing Internet leaks.
Janie Hendrix, the president/CEO of Experience Hendrix, admits she only ever played rough cuts of songs her famous brother recorded in 1969 but never released in the confines of her car - because she worried about the tracks falling into pirates' hands.
Hendrix, who also helped produce the album of lost tracks with her brother's longtime technician Eddie Kramer, tells Celebrity Access.com's Larry LeBlanc, "I let my kids hear it (album). My youngest is a techie. He asked, 'Mum, can I download it on my computer?'
"I said, 'No'. (He said), 'Mum, you don't trust me.' 'It's not that I don't trust you but, if you want to listen to it, you ride with me in my car, and we will listen to it.'"
The album will be the first release as part of a new deal between Experience Hendrix and Universal Music Publishing Group, and Janie Hendrix can't wait for fans to hear it: "Valleys of Neptune is an incredible album. It sounds as if it was recorded this year. It's fresh. It's new. It's exciting. It doesn't sound as if it was recorded in the '60s. It sounds as if Jimi here with us today and creating music still."
The album hits stores and the Internet next week (beg08Mar10).