New Jimi Hendrix Album: People, Hell & Angels. How New is it?

Jimi Hendrix has a new release slated for 2013 called People, Hell & Angels. Not bad for a guy who died 32 years ago!

Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced the release of People, Hell & Angels, a new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 12 complete, previously unreleased studio recordings.

That’s a quote from the Guitar Aficionado website, where I read about the new album.

People, Hell & Angels draws mainly on Jimi’s work outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. This covers the time period from 1968 until his death in 1970. It was during this time that Hendrix became tired of his material with the Experience and began seeking new inspirations with old friends and new ensembles.

This covers the Band of Gypsys and Cry of Love period.

People, Hell & Angels: Songs and Lineup

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People, Hell & Angels reportedly has 12 tracks – some new, some unreleased alternate versions. These don’t appear to be home demos though, since many contain studio elements like horns, keyboards and percussion.

People, Hell & Angels is set to be released March 5, 2013, and features guest appearances by drummer Buddy Miles, Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills, Billy Cox and others.

It is co-produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott. Janie Hendrix being deemed the executor of the Hendrix estate after a messy court battle in 2004.

The new direction of Jimi Hendrix

People, Hell & Angels seems to be along the lines of Valleys Of Neptune , released in 2010. Eddie Kramer also has a hand in People, Hell & Angels. Kramer developed a unique rapport with Hendrix during his recording life and was the sound engineer on every Hendrix album, so the quality and vibe should be consistent with other Hendrix recordings.

According to the Guitar Aficionado:

A musical companion piece and successor to 2010′s Valleys Of Neptune, the new album offers new clues as to the direction Hendrix was considering for First Rays of the New Rising Sun, his planned double-album sequel to 1968′s Electric Ladyland.

I’m not sure how many new clues People, Hell & Angels will yield considering First Rays of the New Rising Sun was released way back in 1997. Although, that release seems to have been more a collection of older material that had been out of print for the few decades prior.

New material, or money grab?

The cynic in me wants to call this more studio magic in post production techniques than an unearthed relic from a more magical time in music – another way for the Hendrix estate and the record label to squeeze more money from fans.

But I must admit that previous posthumous “new releases” have been of fairly high quality and generally offer new glimpses into previous unknown musical directions and ideas.

On wonders though, why the long gap between First Rays of the New Rising Sun and South Saturn Delta in 1997 and Valleys Of Neptune and now People, Hell & Angels in 2010 and 2013.

You can read more about People, Hell & Angels including a full track listing at Jimi Hendrix’s ‘People, Hell & Angels’ Album Coming March 5 from Guitar Aficionado.

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