In honor of the 70th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s birth, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings have launched an extensive release and reissue campaign.
“People, Hell and Angels,” a new album of 12 previously unreleased studio performances will be released March 5, 2013. The album’s title was coined by Hendrix.
Newly-pressed, 200-gram, mono vinyl editions of “Are You Experienced” and “Axis: Bold As Love” (both U.K. and U.S. releases) also will be released that day.
“Somewhere,” a previously unreleased Hendrix studio track, is the first single from the “People, Hell and Angels” album. It can be purchased as a single starting Feb. 5, 2013. (Listen to “Somewhere” via Vevo.)
Recorded at New York’s Sound Center on March 13, 1968, and mixed Eddie Kramer, “Somewhere” features Hendrix on guitar and vocal with Stephen Stills on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. It was the Hendrix’s first session in America where he assumed the mantle of producer alongside performer. While still performing in a trio context, Hendrix explored new musical possibilities in “Somewhere.” The sixth and final take from Reel Two, this newly available master is wholly different from a previously available version.
“Somewhere” will be available as a digital single; a limited-edition vinyl single available at independent record stores; and a CD single available at Wal-mart.
Both the vinyl and CD versions of “Somewhere” will be struck in limited, numbered editions. The B-side of the vinyl single is a previously unreleased studio recording of “Power of Soul” by Band of Gypsys, mixed by Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Kramer in August 1970. The CD single features the B-side, “Foxey Lady,” a previously unreleased Band of Gypsys performance recorded live at the Fillmore East in January 1970.
“People, Hell and Angels” will be showcased in a pair of hour-long special broadcasts on the NPR series “World Cafe.” The album is also slated for a profile on “Elwood’s Bluesmobile,” the Dan Aykroyd-hosted radio series that airs on 180 commercial stations across the United States, Canada and the Armed Forces Network.
“People, Hell and Angels” showcases Hendrix working outside the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. Beginning in 1968, Hendrix grew restless, eager to develop new material with old friends and new ensembles. Outside of the view of a massive audience that made him (and the Experience) rock’s largest-grossing concert act with two albums in the U.S. Top 10, Hendrix was busy working behind the scenes to craft his next musical statement. These recordings feature a variety of styles and sounds, including horns, keyboards, percussion and a second guitar that Hendrix wanted to incorporate in his new music.
“People, Hell and Angels” provides a window into Hendrix’s ambitions and growth as a songwriter, musician and producer and offers clues as to the direction Hendrix was considering for “First Rays of The New Rising Sun,” his planned double-album sequel to 1968’s groundbreaking “Electric Ladyland.” Hendrix worked with new musicians— including the Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills, drummer Buddy Miles, Billy Cox (with whom Hendrix had served in the 101st U.S. Army Airborne and later played on the famed R & B ‘chitlin circuit’ together) and others— which created fresh sounds for the next chapter in Hendrix’s extraordinary career. The album also is a musical companion piece and successor to 2010’s “Valleys of Neptune,” the critically acclaimed album showcasing the artist’s final recordings with the original Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Tracks included on “People, Hell and Angels” are “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.” the album is co-produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott.
Concurrent with the March 5 release of “People, Hell and Angels,” Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings will release individually numbered, 12-inch vinyl editions of “Are You Experienced” (both U.S. and U.K. versions) and “Axis: Bold As Love,” newly pressed on 200-gram audiophile vinyl. The albums feature original artwork and sequencing.
Taken from the original monaural mixes created by Chas Chandler, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Kramer in 1967, with all-analog mastering by Bernie Grundman, these much-sought-after mixes of “Are You Experienced” and “Axis: Bold As Love” have been unavailable for decades.
“Are You Experienced,” the mind-blowing debut from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, has been available in two distinctly different editions. The original version, prepared and sequenced by Hendrix and Chandler, was issued throughout Europe In May 1967 and excluded the group’s first three UK singles: “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” While there has never been a mono release of the U.K. version of “Are You Experienced” in the US, the classic U.S. version, with its iconic fish-eye cover, was only available in mono for a brief period following its original release in August 1967.
Axis: Bold As Love,” the sophomore release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was remastered from the original two-track mixdown master tapes, and the original monophonic mixes for both the U.K. and U.S. editions for “Are You Experienced” were transferred to disc from the original master tapes by noted mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. His all-analog mono mastering process preserves the integrity, while projecting the vitality, of the original recordings.
Side 2: You Got Me Floating; Castles Made of Sand; She’s So Fine; One Rainy Wish; Little Miss Lover; Bold As Love
“Are You Experienced” (U.S. sequence and artwork)
Side 1: Purple Haze; Manic Depression; Hey Joe;
Love or Confusion; May This Be Love; I Don’t Live Today
Side 2: The Wind Cries Mary; Fire; 3rd Stone From the Sun; Foxey Lady; Are You Experienced
“Are You Experienced” (U.K. sequence and artwork)
Side 1: Foxey Lady; Manic Depression; Red House; Can You See Me; Love or Confusion;
I Don’t Live Today
Side 2: May This Be Love; Fire; Third Stone From The Sun; Remember; Are You Experienced