Producers Discuss Working on Posthumous Releases For Jimi Hendrix, Tupac and More
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.19.2013
They're keeping the artists' legacies alive...
Tony Bongiovi, Jeff Jampol and others recently spoke with Billboard about working on the catalogs of Jimi Hendrix, Tupac Shakur and others after their deaths for posthumous releases. Check out the highlights:
Bongiovi on creating Hendrix's posthumous LPs Crash Landing and Midnight Lightning in the '70s: "What we had to do was finish what he had started. And in doing that we were able to preserve the original recording. Since I recorded a lot of things with him, I pretty much knew what was gonna happen."
Jampol on working on late artists' posthumous releases: "If you go back and you listen to what these artists said, both verbally and musically, they give you a blueprint. They tell you what to do."
Jampol on Afeni Shakur managing Tupac's catalog: "As far as I'm concerned, the height of credibility on the planet Earth is Afeni's love and respect for her son's art."
Bruce Swedian on Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael:"In Michael's case it's wonderful that the world can hear all that music, because we'll never see the likes of him again."
Jampol on family members who resist posthumous releases: "When you're standing still you're not actually standing still, you're moving backward. Because pop culture moves on and it tends to compress time."