Jimi Hendrix's 'People Hell And Angels': Is It A Posthumous Album Too Far?

Jimi Hendrix is certainly one of the more prolific artists from beyond the grave, and the late star has got another album to his name, with a new set of unreleased material, People, Hells And Angels, coming out in stores this week.

The album is the latest to be put out by Experience Hendrix, the company set up by the guitarist’s 51 year-old step sister Janie Hendrix, and it’s through her drive to find undiscovered rarities that the deceased star’s collection is now far more bulky than the three studio albums he committed to tape before his death in 1970. People, Hells And Angels is a much blues-ier affair by Jimi’s standard. "When I listen to Hear My Train A Comin', it feels almost ghostlike," Janie Hendrix told the Detroit Press. "It's so deep south of the universe and filled with the blues. When we transferred the tapes, my heart got so full I started to cry."

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People, Hells And Angels marks yet another post-humous Hendrix release

The album is a more exploratory piece of work for Hendrix, which sees the likes of Stephen Stills make an appearance, as well as a switch from his trusted aides Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, to relatively unheralded players Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Engineer Eddie Kramer put the sessions together in 1968 and 1969, and he told the publication "He felt he could rely on these new guys (Cox and Miles), and you could see that their back-and-forth communication was great.” But is there a sense that we’re getting a release too far with Jimi? As exciting as the initial discoveries of new and unheard material are, it’s worth remembering that for a lot of musicians these demos remain unheard because they were never viewed as being much cop by their creator in the first place.


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