This is yesterday's gossip for some, but others haven't heard the news as of yet, so we're just going to jump right in here with the story! Just when you thought that the good folks at Experience Hendrix had pretty much exhausted the miles-deep content in the seemingly endless Jimi Hendrix vault, they manage pull something new out of the archive to tickle our imagination (and separate us from our hard-earned coin).
On March 5, 2013 Sony Legacy will release People, Hell & Angels, an intriguing twelve-track collection of previously-unreleased material from the beloved blues-rock guitarist that frames the Hendrix legacy in a somewhat different light. Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, and John McDermott, the album is named for a phrase coined by Jimi. The new recordings show Hendrix exploring his muse outside of the traditional Experience power-trio format, working with a diverse group of musicians, including old hands like Billy Cox and Buddy Miles, new collaborators like Larry Lee and Lonnie Youngblood, and even fellow guitar legend Stephen Stills.
The songs chosen for People, Hell & Angels display Hendrix's willingness to venture onto new musical turf, incorporating a second guitar player on several tracks, utilizing horns and keyboards on others. Among the songs offered here are the original "Band of Gypsys" studio recording of the Hendrix gem "Hear My Train A Comin'" and an inspired cover of Elmore James' "Bleeding Heart," recorded at the same 1969 session with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. The soulful "Let Me Move You" includes Lonnie Youngblood blasting the sax on an R&B rave-up while "Mojo Man" features old friends Albert and Arthur Allen (a/k/a the Ghetto Fighters) on a track with their vocals recorded at the Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals and later embellished by Hendrix at his Electric Lady studio.
People, Hell & Angels also restores several songs that had only been released after Hendrix's death in overdubbed (and wildly reviled) versions by producer Alan Douglas, most notably "Crash Landing," stripped back to its original 1969 recording with Billy Cox and drummer Rocky Isaac of the Cherry People. Needless to say, the Hendrix faithful will have a lot to chew on come March...
Here on About.com Blues, we've been doing a little digging into the archive ourselves, pulling out vintage reviews of Humble Pie's Hot 'N' Nasty: The Anthology album from way back in 1994 as well as Junior Wells' Live Around The World: The Best Of from 2002 and posting them to the site for your reading enjoyment. The Reverend's review of Gregg Allman's I'm No Angel: Live On Stage DVD is sort of a mix of old and new - new review of a classic old performance from the voice of the Allman Brothers Band.
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