Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels

 (Numbered Limited Edition)


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Legacy

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Pop/Rock

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ALEG 41902
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200 Gram Vinyl Record


No. of Discs: 2

200 Gram LP  

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"To me, it’s everything I want a recording to sound like. I want to be able to play it loud and to feel it. And with headroom — no noise. You don’t want to turn it down. With this recording you can crank it up and not hurt your ears. You talk about a treat for the world! A newly-released Hendrix album 42 years after he died. These are not outtakes, demos or amateur concert recordings. This is a great recording of great music and will blow you away!" - Chad Kassem, Acoustic Sounds CEO, upon listening to the freshly pressed test pressing from Quality Record Pressings

Jimi Hendrix's
People, Hell & Angels — numbered edition double LP

12 previously unreleased Hendrix tracks recorded from 1968-70

Pressed at Quality Record Pressings on 200-gram vinyl

Showcases Hendrix working outside of the original Hendrix Experience trio. Some of Hendrix's finest guitar work ever released!

See all of QRP's pressings of Legacy's unprecedented archival restoration of Jimi Hendrix's catalog

Quality Record Pressings is proud and excited to be part of Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recording's production of People, Hell & Angels, an essential new album premiering 12 previously unreleased studio recordings by legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Now available as a 200-gram double LP.

People, Hell & Angels 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 in the US Top 10 sales chart, Jimi was busy working behind the scenes to craft his next musical statement.

These 12 recordings encompass a variety of unique sounds and styles using many of the elements — Hendrix toys with horns, keyboards, percussion and second guitar — that 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.

The tracks on People, Hell and Angels originally were planned to serve as a follow-up to Hendrix's 1968 album Electric Ladyland. Hendrix's death in 1970 prohibited him from releasing the tracks featured on this poshumous album. Hendrix would have turned 70 on November 27, 2012.

The dozen previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix performances premiering on People, Hell & 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."

With an album title coined by Hendrix, People, Hell & Angels reveals some of Hendrix's post-Experience ambitions and directions as he worked with new musicians — including the Buffalo Springfield's Stephen Stills, drummer Buddy Miles, Billy Cox (with whom Hendrix had served in the 101st US Army Airborne and later played on the famed R & B 'chitlin circuit' together) and others — creating fresh and exciting sounds for the next chapter in his extraordinary career.

"In ‘68 and ‘69, Jimi was in the studio constantly," recalls his former sound manager, Eddie Kramer. "His whole life was in the studio."

The track titled "Somewhere," — featuring Stephen Stills and drummer Buddy Miles — displays a particularly bold usage of Hendrix's soulful guitar squall. "That's a fantastic example of Jimi's amazing control of the wah-wah [pedal], the tone of the wah-wah - how that affects the whole song," Kramer tells Rolling Stone.

People, Hell & Angels is co-produced by Janie Hendrix, Kramer and John McDermott. Kramer first met Jimi at Olympic Studios in London in January 1967. Hendrix developed a unique rapport with Kramer. As a result, Kramer engineered every album issued by the guitarist in his lifetime and recorded such famous Hendrix concerts as the Woodstock festival in August 1969. Since 1997, Kramer has teamed with Janie Hendrix (Jimi's stepsister) and John McDermott to oversee the release of each Jimi Hendrix album issued by Experience Hendrix.

Says Gary Salstrom, QRP's general manager and master lacquer plating technician, plating and pressng the new Hendrix LP is both an honor and a treat.

"I'm excited about that one. I think it's fascinating that they've got so many releases to put out. Stuff we've never heard before," Salstrom says. He's plated and pressed LPs at QRP for The Doors, Lyle Lovett and Norah Jones, but the historical aspect of this new release, and the profile of Hendrix is a special thrill.

"When you can get historical (material), those are certain ones you get more excited about," he says. "You can't get too much higher profile than (Jimi Hendrix)."

Lastly, as Rolling Stone notes, the album artwork is simple, yet as distinct as Hendrix's signature guitar wails. Be experienced yet again.

People, Hell & Angels, Track by Track

"Earth Blues"
Totally unlike the version first issued as part of Rainbow Bridge in 1971, this December 19, 1969, master take features just Hendrix, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles playing stripped-down funk at its very origin.

"Somewhere"
This newly discovered gem was recorded in March 1968 and features Buddy Miles on drums and Stephen Stills on bass. It's entirely different from any previous version fans have ever heard.

"Hear My Train A Comin'"
This superb recording was drawn from Hendrix's first-ever recording session with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles — the powerhouse rhythm section with whom he would later record the groundbreaking album Band of Gypsys. Hendrix shared a deep love for the blues with Cox and Miles. Both musicians understood Hendrix's desire to create what he described as a "new type of blues." Hendrix's menacing lead guitar is the centerpiece of this dramatic addition to his remarkable legacy.

"Bleeding Heart"
This Elmore James masterwork had long been a favorite of Hendrix's. He had performed the song earlier that year with the Experience in concert at the Royal Albert Hall and had attempted to capture the song in New York studio sessions during the weeks that followed. Recorded at the same May 1969 session as "Hear My Train A Coming," the track conveys Hendrix's firm understanding of the arrangement and tempo he desired. Before they began, Hendrix instructed Cox and Miles that he wanted to establish a totally different beat than the standard arrangement. He then kicked off this amazing rendition that was nothing like any other he had ever attempted.

"Let Me Move You"
In March 1969, Hendrix reached back to another old friend, saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood. Before he was discovered by Chas Chandler in the summer of 1966, Jimi had contributed guitar as a nondescript studio sideman for Youngblood and such infectious rhythm and blues styled singles such as "Soul Food." This March 1969 session features Hendrix and Youngblood trading licks throughout this never before heard, high velocity rock and soul classic.

"Izabella"
In the aftermath of the Woodstock festival, Hendrix gathered his new ensemble, Gypsy Sun & Rainbows, at the Hit Factory in August 1969 with engineer Eddie Kramer. "Izabella" had been one of the new songs the guitarist introduced at the Woodstock festival and Jimi was eager to perfect a studio version. This new version is markedly different from the Band Of Gypsys 45 RPM single master issued by Reprise Records in 1970 and features Larry Lee, Hendrix's old friend from the famed rhythm & blues "chitin' circuit," on rhythm guitar.

"Easy Blues"
An edited extract of this gorgeous, free flowing instrumental was briefly issued as part of the long-out-of-print 1981 album Nine To The Universe. Now nearly twice as long, the track offers fans the opportunity to enjoy the dramatic interplay between Hendrix, second guitarist Larry Lee, Cox and drummer Mitch Mitchell.

"Crash Landing"
Perhaps known as the title song for the controversial 1975 album that featured Hendrix master recordings posthumously overdubbed by session musicians, this April 1969 original recording has never been heard before. Hendrix is joined here by Cox and drummer Rocky Isaac of the Cherry People to record this thinly veiled warning to his girlfriend, Devon Wilson.

"Inside Out"
Hendrix was fascinated by the rhythm pattern that would ultimately take form as "Ezy Ryder." Joined here by Mitch Mitchell, Hendrix recorded all of the bass and guitar parts for this fascinating song - including a dramatic lead guitar part amplified through a Leslie speaker.

"Hey Gypsy Boy"
The roots of Hendrix's majestic "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" trace themselves to this March 1969 recording. Unlike the posthumously overdubbed version briefly issued as part of Midnight Lightning in 1975, this is original recording that features Hendrix joined by Buddy Miles.

"Mojo Man"
Hendrix would lend a hand to Albert & Arthur Allen, the vocalists known as the Ghetto Fighters, whom he had befriended in Harlem long before he achieved fame with the Experience. When the two recorded this inspired, previously unreleased master at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama they took it back to Hendrix at Electric Lady Studios. Hendrix knew just what to do to elevate the recording beyond contemporary R&B to the new hybrid of rock, rhythm and blues he was celebrated for.

"Villanova Junction Blues"
Long before his famous performance of this song at Woodstock, Hendrix recorded this studio version with Cox and Miles at the same May 1969 session that yielded "Hear My Train A Comin'" and "Bleeding Heart" also featured on this album. Never fully finished, the song stands as an example of the fertile ideas he hoped to harness and bring to fruition.

 

 



Side A
Earth Blues
Somewhere
Hear My Train A Comin’

Side B
Bleeding Heart
Let Me Love You
Izabella

Side C
Easy Blues
Crash Landing
Inside Out

Side D
Hey Gypsy Boy
Mojo Man
Villanova Junction Blues

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 10 person(s) rated this product.

Great sounding vinyl

posted on 10/30/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Peter Kent
Beautifully packaged and wonderful sounding release. Features 12 unreleased tracks from Jimi on a double album.


Outstanding

posted on 05/17/2014
5 Stars
Excellent quality. QRP has done a great job with this release, from pressing to what we hear. You will not be disappointed.


Great pressing!

posted on 04/23/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ted
This is an awesome pressing! A great insight into where Hendrix might have led us with his music. Quiet, quiet vinyl and great dynamics. Don't pass this one up!


People, Hell & Angels - Jimi Hendrix

posted on 04/13/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bill
Hear My Train a Comin is a real highlight here. My Lp was nice and quiet, flat and well centered. Packaging like all Hendrix family Lps is very good. Although some selections are only marginally different from what you may already have, they are all interesting and a few soar to new heights, which is pretty amazing all these years later. Grundman has to be proud of this one.


Another superb pressing

posted on 03/20/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Terry Farmer
Quiet background and dynamic sound, those who have purchased Quality Record Pressing's vinyl all ready know what's up! Thank you again for a clean press and perfect shipping!

BTW: the music is fantastic, a must for any Hendrix fan.


Masterpiece

posted on 03/17/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Lou
I was saying to myself oh no not another version of Hear My Train a Coming!! But this is not old Hendrix stuff re hashed. It really does showcase that fact that he was a virtuso. Sit back and enjoy. Easy Blues was worth the price of admission.

Oh and the pressing? Perfect 200grm vinyl, flat, no noise. Nice packaging and boooklet.


Knocked me out of my listening chair..IT'S THAT GOOD!

posted on 03/05/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Gaurav Vij
It is nothing short of a miracle that such high quality Hendrix material has been sitting around unreleased. Not anymore. This music is outright godly. What I want to talk about is the actual pressing and mastering. We always had some of the best mastering engineers in the world this side of the pond. Bernie Grundman is a MASTER of his craft with one of the few ALL TUBE mastering chains. This pressing showcases that. Thank you Eddie Kramer for releasing these gems PROPERLY all analog. Wish the Beatles release team had that foresight.

Which brings me to my next major point. Finally, with QRP pressings, the U.S.A. has a pressing plant that can rival Toyokasei (Japan) and Pallas (Germany) my previous reference quality pressing plants. I never felt that before, but I finally do. The records are clean, shiny and POP-less. PERFECT!! American music done right in an all American pressing plant. Gary Salstrom...just keep it up for the long haul. I s


SUPERB!

posted on 03/05/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Record Ray
Short and sweet. The music is killer! The recording of these tracks is like they were just done. Jimi and the band sound great.

The records, 200g's each, flat, flat! Beautiful pressings. The album cover is stunning to look at. A gorgeous book included.

Quality Record Pressings did a SUPERB job here! Thank you, QRP!


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