Jimi Hendrix experts Eddie Kramer and John McDermott were the featured guests on this past Wednesday's (March 13) edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn. You can now listen to the program at RocklineRadio.com.The latest Jimi Hendrix vault release, "People, Hell And Angels", debuted this week at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The material on the CD, which was recorded in 1968 and 1969, is yet another dip into the sessions for Hendrix's infamous unfinished fourth album, "First Rays Of The New Rising Sun". Hendrix would have turned 70 last November 27.
The dozen previously unreleased Hendrix performances premiering on "People, Hell And 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". Jimi Hendrix's producer Eddie Kramer, whose relationship with Hendrix began when he engineered 1967's "Are You Experienced?", says that Hendrix was far more than the flaky psychedelic-blues guitarist he's been portrayed as over the years. "Very sharp, very focused, very funny, very shy," he said. "Totally dedicated to his music and his art. I would call him a universal human being, who was interested in his fellow man. Didn't think of himself as black, white, green, purple — mind you, he did think in colors, but not those colors. He thought everything should be in colors. He was such a complete human being with, with such far-reaching intellect that I think is not really recognized as much today. The ultimate electronic space cowboy."