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People, Hell and Angels

People, Hell and Angels

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by Jimi Hendrix

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People, Hell & Angels is a new album of twelve never before released Jimi Hendrix studio recordings. This special album showcases the legendary guitarist working outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. Beginning in 1968, Jimi Hendrix grew restless, eager to develop new material with old friends and new ensembles. Outside the view of a massive


People, Hell & Angels is a new album of twelve never before released Jimi Hendrix studio recordings. This special album showcases the legendary guitarist working outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. Beginning in 1968, Jimi Hendrix grew restless, eager to develop new material with old friends and new ensembles. Outside the view of a massive audience that had established the Experience as rock’s largest grossing concert act and simultaneously placed two of his albums together in the US Top 10 sales chart, Jimi was busy working behind the scenes to craft his ne

xt musical statement. These twelve recordings encompass a variety of unique sounds and styles incorporating many of the elements-horns, keyboards, percussion and second guitar-Jimi wanted to incorporate within his new music. People Hell & Angels presents some of the finest Jimi Hendrix guitar work ever issued and provides a compelling window into his growth as a songwriter, musician and producer.

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
People, Hell and Angels is a collection of quality studio tracks recorded (mostly) in 1968-1969 as the Experience was coming to an end and Jimi was renewing his friendships with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles, who appear here as sidemen on most of these tracks. The surprising thing about this set is not the sound quality (which is exceptional) or that these all sound like finished tracks, but the fact that even avid Hendrix bootleg collectors are unlikely to have heard most of this material. A great version of "Earth Blues" kicks things off with just Jimi, Billy, and Buddy (whose drums were replaced by Mitch Mitchell on the Rainbow Bridge/First Rays version). It's a more forceful take than the other version and also has some different lyrics. "Somewhere" is also a different take than the one used for Crash Landing and, of course, contains the original rhythm section and not the egregious overdubs of Crash Landing. "Hear My Train A Comin'" and "Bleeding Heart" are both taken from Jimi's first session with Billy and Buddy from May of 1969. In the film Jimi Hendrix, "Hear My Train" is played slow on a 12-string acoustic and sung so sadly that you can actually see a tear on Jimi's face as he sings. This version is not only electric and taken at a faster pace than normal, but it's an angry song, this time with a killer solo. "Bleeding Heart" is nice and raw and has a VERY different arrangement than he ever performed live. "Let Me Move You" was recorded with saxman Lonnie Youngblood, who released a couple singles with a pre-Experience Jimi Hendrix on guitar. It's nothing more than an old-school soul jam except the guitar is way more out front. It's a decent track, but doesn't really fit in with the sound of the rest of the album. "Izabella" and "Easy Blues" are rare studio recordings by the Woodstock band (Jimi, Billy, and Mitch Mitchell with Larry Lee on second guitar and Jerry Velez and Juma Sultan on percussion). This version of "Izabella" is now the earliest known recording of the song, while "Easy Blues" is actually a nice jazzy instrumental (previously released in edited form on Nine to the Universe). This version of "Crash Landing" has Jimi and Billy with what is essentially a pickup band. It sounds more like a work in progress than anything else on the set and contains many elements of what would become "Dolly Dagger." "Inside Out" may have been heard by hardcore collectors, but not in this quality. It was originally cut with just Jimi on guitar and Mitch Mitchell on drums, then Jimi added bass and a guitar overdub through a Leslie. It's a great tune and it's always exciting to hear Jimi's bass playing as well. "Hey Gypsy Boy" is very closely related to "Hey Baby," and may have been an early version. On this cut, Jimi's whammy bar work is quite interesting and not his standard dive-bomb approach. "Mojo Man" was actually a Ghetto Fighters tune, recorded at Muscle Shoals. Jimi laid down a couple guitar tracks on top of the existing mix for this track. Kudos to Eddie Kramer for grafting guitar parts on to a fully mixed tune and making it sound great (he really did a spectacular job on this entire set). It's a hot tune with nice syncopated horns, improved by Jimi's addition. The album closes with a brief studio take on "Villanova Junction Blues." People, Hell and Angels certainly isn't the place to start your Hendrix collection, but collectors will surely want to hear this and it provides an interesting perspective on where Jimi's music was headed post-Experience.

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Release Date:
Sony Legacy


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimi Hendrix   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Miles   Drums,Background Vocals
Steve Stills   Bass
James Booker   Piano
Larry Lee   Rhythm Guitar
Billy Cox   Bass
Chris Grimes   Percussion
Mitch Mitchell   Drums
Lonnie Youngblood   Saxophone,Vocals
Juma Sultan   Percussion
Hank Anderson   Bass
Jerry Velez   Percussion
John Winfield   Organ
Albert Allen   Vocals
Jimmy Mayes   Drums
Marks   Percussion
Rocky Issac   Drums
Bobby Cox   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ghetto Fighters   Producer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer,Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Gary Kellgren   Engineer
Taharqa Aleem   Composer
Tunde-Ra Aleem   Composer
Gered Mankowitz   Cover Photo
Bob Cotto   Engineer
Janie Hendrix   Producer
Angel Sandoval   Engineer
Dave Ragno   Engineer
John McDermott   Producer,Essay
Lenny Stea   Engineer
Vincent Gagliano   Engineer
Tom Mucchio   Engineer


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People, Hell and Angels 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to think that Janie was some sort of 1/2 sister leech that never knew the real Jimi in any way, but now I see that it could have been anyone who was still standing after he was killed by avarice greed jealousy and bigotry. I applaud Janie for seeking out those who were and are on the inside of Jimi's struggle to create in a world that loved him and at the same time sucked him dry. I will love Jimi Hendrix long after I have shuffled off of this mortal coil. If God finds me qualified, perhaps I will some fine day be playing with him. Thank you dear God for giving Jimi the courage to be himself. Forget all of the stuff about Jimi rolling over in his grave at this being released and simply know that he himself would be glad that what he did is still relevant, fresh, and vital for the world we all exist in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
they did Jimi proud. I'd rate it four and seven eights out of five. Wish there was more  Villanova Junction Blues, the1:44 has me wanting more. Hear My Train A-Comin' is pure Hendrix, watch the Eddie Kramer video above.  the rest of the album/CD is just as good.