The latest Jimi Hendrix vault release, People, Hell And Angels, debuted this week at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album charts. The top honors went to country star Luke Bryan's new album, Spring Break. . . Here To Party. The material on People, Hell And Angels, which was recorded in 1968 and 1969, is yet another dip into the sessions for Hendrix's infamous unfinished fourth album, First Rays Of The New Rising Sun. Hendrix would have turned 70 last November 27th.
The dozen previously unreleased Hendrix performances premiering on People, Hell And 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."
Jimi Hendrix's producer Eddie Kramer, whose relationship with Hendrix began when he engineered 1967's Are You Experienced?, says that Hendrix was far more than the flaky psychedelic-blues guitarist he's been portrayed as over the years: "Very sharp, very focused, very funny, very shy. Totally dedicated to his music and his art. I would call him a universal human being, who was interested in his fellow man. Didn't think of himself as black, white, green, purple -- mind you, he did think in colors, but not those colors. He thought everything should be in colors. He was such a complete human being with, with such far-reaching intellect that I think is not really recognized as much today. The ultimate electronic space cowboy."