People, Hell & Angels and Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 first-ever Jimi Hendrix hi-res digital release! From Analogue Productions and Experience Hendrix LLC
Showcases Hendrix working outside of the original Hendrix Experience trio. Some of Hendrix's finest guitar work ever released!
People, Hell & Angels is an essential album premiering 12 previously unreleased studio recordings by legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. And now it and a newly-issued Hendrix title, Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 are arriving on Hybrid Stereo SACD, the first-ever Hendrix hi-res digital releases!
People, Hell & Angels showcases the legendary guitarist working outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. Beginning in 1968, Jimi Hendrix grew restless, eager to develop new material with old friends and new ensembles. Outside the view of a massive audience that had established the Experience as rock's largest grossing concert act and simultaneously placed two of his albums in the U.S. Top 10 sales chart, Jimi was busy working behind the scenes to craft his next musical statement.
These 12 recordings encompass a variety of unique sounds and styles using many of the elements — Hendrix toys with horns, keyboards, percussion and second guitar — that Jimi wanted to incorporate within his new music. People, Hell & Angels presents some of the finest Jimi Hendrix guitar work ever issued and provides a compelling window into his growth as a songwriter, musician and producer.
The tracks on People, Hell and Angels originally were planned to serve as a follow-up to Hendrix's 1968 album Electric Ladyland. Hendrix died at 27 in 1970 before those plans were realized.
The dozen previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix performances premiering on People, Hell & Angels include "Earth Blues," "Somewhere," "Hear My Train A Comin'," "Bleeding Heart," "Baby Let Me Move You," "Izabella," "Easy Blues," "Crash Landing," "Inside Out," "Hey Gypsy Boy," "Mojo Man" and "Villanova Junction Blues."
With an album title coined by Hendrix, People, Hell & Angels reveals some of Hendrix's post-Experience ambitions and directions as he worked with new musicians — including the Buffalo Springfield's Stephen Stills, drummer Buddy Miles, Billy Cox (with whom Hendrix had served in the 101st US Army Airborne and later played on the famed R & B 'chitlin circuit' together) and others — creating fresh and exciting sounds for the next chapter in his extraordinary career.
"In ‘68 and ‘69, Jimi was in the studio constantly," recalls his former sound manager, Eddie Kramer. "His whole life was in the studio."
Album producers Experience Hendrix LLC is led by the team of Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott.
The track titled "Somewhere," — featuring Stephen Stills and drummer Buddy Miles — displays a particularly bold usage of Hendrix's soulful guitar squall. "That's a fantastic example of Jimi's amazing control of the wah-wah [pedal], the tone of the wah-wah — how that affects the whole song," Kramer tells Rolling Stone.