Yes, there is another new Jimi Hendrix album. But unlike 2010’s Valleys Of Neptune, this is not some randomly cobbled together posthumous collection of poor quality snippets. Co-produced by Jimi’s sister, Janie Hendrix, and featuring amazingly good sound quality, People, Hell & Angels sounds like a proper album worthy of the legendary Hendrix. And these recordings give a tantalizing glimpse into the experimental, jazz-influenced, post-Woodstock sound Jimi was exploring in 1969. People, Hell & Angels will be released on March 5th.
Tracks like “Earth Blues” and “Somewhere” have Hendrix’ signature concoction of blues, funk and psychedelic rock.
There may not be a “Hey Joe” or “All Along the Watchtower” true stunner here, but “Izabella” comes very close. A moody, war-torn love letter, the song features lyrics like “I’m fightin’ this war for the children of the world and you” and “one day I’ll be holding you instead of a machine gun.” You can stream the song at Spinner.
Other highlights are the surprisingly peppy soul song “Let Me Move You” (featuring vocals and saxophone by Lonnie Youngblood) and the more standard Hendrix rock song “Bleeding Heart.”
For a limited time, you can listen to the album online at NPR.