People, Hell & Angels released Tuesday (Mar 5th) is the final Jimi Hendix album to be issued with unreleased studio material, according to studio engineer Eddie Kramer. Billboard reports that after 40 years of posthumous releases, the vault has been emptied of studio tracks that have never been released.
Kramer recorded most of Hendrix’s music and said the tracks on the new album were recorded in 1968-69 after the Jimi Hendrix Experience disbanded. Kramer says Hendrix utilized his studio space as a rehearsal space which was costly, but paved the way for hundreds of recordings including the 12 tracks on this album.
In fact, much of Hendrix’s material has come from these experimental jam sessions that were recorded with a revolving door of musicians including drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox, along with bassist Stephen Stills, among others. Of course, Miles and Cox went on to become the Band Of Gypsies with Hendrix briefly.
Kramer says Hendrix retreated to the studio to write and experiment when business and creative endeavors become entangled. He liked to record the jam sessions to experiment with a variety of backing musicians that challenged him musically. These jam sessions created the band that became famous because of Woodstock ’69.
Many of the songs on People, Hell & Angels have been heard in different versions before, but the music on this record is funkier than what he’s most known for. Horns even pop up throughout the album.
Hendrix died not long after the songs on this album were recorded. He died in September 1970 at the age of 27 after asphyxia. He was beginning to work with the Jimi Hendrix Experience again before his untimely passing.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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