According to the man who recorded most of famed guitarist’s Jimi Hendrix’s music sessions, audio engineer, Eddie Kramer, Hendrix recorded everything. Although lost to the world at the tender age of 27 back in 1970, the artist considered to be one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, released a new album yesterday.
According to Billboard though, it’s been more than 40 years since Jimi’s passing due to drug-induced asphyxia; and most of his never-before-heard tracks have now all been released.
"People, Hell & Angels," released yesterday, will be the final release of Hendrix’s previously unreleased studio material.
Eddie Kramer said that "Jimi utilized the studio as a rehearsal space."
"That's kind of an expensive way of doing things, but thank God he did."
"People, Hell & Angels" consists of 12 tracks recorded during 1968 and 1969, after the Jimi Hendrix Experience disbanded.
Backup musicians on those newly released tracks include Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, and Stephen Stills.
Regarding "People, Hell & Angels," Kramer went on to say that "Jimi used that time in the studio to experiment, to jam, to rehearse, and using this jam-rehearsal style of recording enabled him to try different musicians of different stripes and backgrounds, because they offered a musical challenge to him."
"He wanted to hear music expressed with different guys who could lend a different approach to it. And as part of this whole learning curve, what emerged was this band that played at Woodstock in '69, that little concert on the hill there."
Check out the npr.org website to give "People, Hell & Angels" a first listen, hear individual tracks from the album, and purchase for download.
Engineer Eddie Kramer talks about the new Hendrix release and shares some excerpts on the video accompanying this article.