More unearthed material by Jimi Hendrix, this time from 1968-1969, is set to be released on March 5th. Titled People, Hell & Angels, the album will have 12 songs which were part of what was to be Hendrix’s grand creation, First Rays of the New Rising Sun, which never got released during his lifetime as the oft-considered all-time guitar player died in London, England in 1970.
The first single from the album, “Somewhere,” which wound up originally on a collection of outtakes entitled Crash Landing and released in 1975, was poorly edited and even doctored up to sound authentic. But now, that song, with Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young) and Buddy Miles on the backbeat, is in its full aural capacity, and it sounds as good as anything Hendrix did during his short but illustrious career.
Listen to the song here below.
While most of the material Jimi Hendrix recorded was far reaching and galaxy stretching, “Somewhere” takes his blues influences and puts them in a musical shaker with sonic ingredients that take his music to areas which act as a portent of what might have been as the 1960s dawned into the 1970s. Check out the song and judge for yourself. The richness and bold style of Hendrix, coupled with a warm, anchoring rhythm section which allows Jimi to glide over his rainbow bridge, is heavily evident here. Should be another great posthumous release by a man who is, in essence, the very definition of a guitar legend and class showman.