As our “The Aaron Levin Harder Legacy” series and release project progresses through the previously unreleased catalogue of Aaron Levin Harder, a lot of material that has been released up until now was at some point originally intended to be issued in some form, while a large portion of recordings from our archives had been abandoned. The mixtape “I Am: The Ultimate Blues Experience” which arrived earlier this year in May already explored some of that material in-part and gave a glimpse of abandoned alternate versions and tryouts of songs that were released the following months until now, and that are due to be released later this year. With this collection available here, five crucial and previously unreleased and unheard alternate versions of songs already released are seeing the light of day, overworked and retouched to unfold their full potential. These selected recordings, beside one track, are raw demos that initially did not find their way onto any project and were abandoned shortly after their recording, but which are highly valuable insights into Harder’s phase of experimenting with different sounds and styles different from the classic blues. This compilation includes the “raw diamonds” from our archives, highly valuable rough drafts of songs that give Harder’s growing back catalogue of archival releases more depth.
'961? - Raw Diamonds' is the newest addition to “The Aaron Levin Harder Legacy” which comprises rare alternate versions of previously released songs, such as a reimagined version of “Giulietta” which features an alternate guitar riff, Harder’s rare solo recording of “Forgive My Lonely Soul”, the extensive original first take of “Free Fall” with additional lyrics, the abandoned second stand-alone take of “Money Don’t Matter Tonight” which was initially planned for the original ‘Blues Dont Let Me Die’ EP, and a more complete version of “Done Dyin”, of which two shorter versions have been released on the ‘Blues Done Let Me Dyin’ and ‘Blues Dont Let Me Dyin’ EP’s.
Additionally to the standard- and deluxe editions available digitally, this exclusive limited special collectors edition on orange vinyl is now available for pre-order, being strictly limited to only 100 hand-numbered copies. The package includes the standard EP on 180g-heavyweight colored vinyl and a printed inner-sleeve with liner-notes and lyrics, all packaged in a glossy jacket.
Purple Eternity Records is an independent record label founded and based on the philosophy of Prince, and his beliefs in artistic freedom and self-realization. Based in Berlin, and founded in April 2016 shortly after Prince’s passing and in his honor, the label first served as an organizer for concert shows of Aaron Levin Harder and small tribute events that paid homage to Prince. Although the release of audio material by Aaron Levin Harder in both digital and physical formats was always planned during his active time, no official release ever materialized, with only few promotional copies being issued in strictly limited quantities. After his accumulated output has been eventually shelved, Harder subsequently dissolved the label in 2018.
In April 2019, Harder (now as "ALH") re-launched Purple Eternity Records after a revitalizing stay in Chile, and eventually started to release all of his former and unreleased output as part of "The Aaron Levin Harder Legacy", a release-series which includes all of his abandoned projects that have been originally intended for release, as well as demo recordings, live performances, and other rare material that had been recovered from his private archive and audience recordings.
Next to an expanding catalogue of archival releases, ALH also releases entirely new music through his sub-label ALH Music, which also acts as a production company for other Purple Eternity Records artists. In late-2020, Big Shit Posse, a new Jazz ensemble led by Berlin composer and drummer Aldtie Mann, started to collaborate with ALH and released their first two albums on Purple Eternity Records in 2021, both having been executively produced and edited by ALH Music.
With an expanding distribution network to major streaming platforms, an exclusive digital store on Bandcamp, as well as a vinyl-on-demand initiative through Diggers Factory, Purple Eternity Records is currently looking to add more artists to its roster to build an artistically diverse catalogue, while focusing on the goal of providing a straight-forward and full-control service for independent artists to release their music.