By: Ray Hidalgo
The echoes of Jimi Hendrix‘s wailing lefty Strat have returned to the Billboard 200 album charts once more as the guitar legend’s posthumously-released compilation, People, Hell, and Angels, has snagged the #2 spot.
The album, which is comprised of 12 never-before-heard early studio cuts from the guitarist, is Hendrix’s first release in a solid 44 years, and has already sold 72,000 units!
"Jimi used that time in the studio to experiment, to jam, to rehearse, and using this jam-rehearsal style of recording enabled him to try different musicians of different stripes and backgrounds, because they offered a musical challenge to him," Eddie Kramer, one of Hendrix’s main studio engineers, told Billboard.
People, Hell, and Angels, which was originally recorded at Record Plant Studios and Electric Ladyland Studios in 1968 and 1969, also features collaborations with Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, and Stephen Stills, and will unfortunately be the last studio album from Jimi Hendrix. But that doesn’t mean fans can’t look forward to more new music in the future!
"We have tremendous amount of live recorded concerts in the vault," Kramer told Billboard. "A lot of them were filmed, too, so be prepared in the next few years to see some fabulous live performances, one of which I've already mixed.”
Hendrix, in the little time he had, was a formidable trailblazer for artists who were capable of changing the paradigms of the industry. It takes a talented individual to resurrect his legacy by himself; it takes an extraordinary individual for his legacy to be resurrected by his devoted fans.
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