Hear My Train A Comin'
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Hear My Train A Comin' (aka, Getting My Heart Back Together Again) is a blues song written by Jimi Hendrix that he recorded several times between 1967 and 1970 but was not released until after his death.
The earliest recording of the song is an acoustic version, recorded in December 1967, from the 1973 album Sound Track Recordings from the Film Jimi Hendrix which was the companion soundtrack album to a documentary film. This album has been out-of-print for decades, although most of the songs have been issued on various compilation albums. Hendrix performed the song several times during 1969 and 1970, including at Woodstock and at the Fillmore East with the Band of Gypsys. These versions, respectively, appear on Live at Woodstock and Live at the Fillmore East. The earliest official release of the song was the version recorded at Woodstock, listed as "Get My Heart Back Together", on the Woodstock 2 concert album issued in July 1971. Four months later, a live version recorded on May 30, 1970, at the Berkeley Community Theater was included on Hendrix's second posthumously-released album Rainbow Bridge. The 1967 acoustic version and live version recorded in Berkeley were both included on the 1994 compilation Blues. Two versions of the song dating from December 1967 also appear on the 1998 BBC Sessions compact disc.
Hendrix recorded several studio versions of "Hear My Train A Comin'". While no version is considered definitive, four different takes have been officially released, none of which were ever intended or considered by Hendrix for a studio album. The first released version was issued in 1975 on the Midnight Lightning album, orchestrated by producer Alan Douglas, which included some posthumous bass and guitar overdubs by musicians who had never recorded with Hendrix. The second is a rehearsal recording with the Experience from February 1969 that was included on the The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set from 2000. Two additional versions were released in 2010, a studio recording from April 1969 with the Experience from the album Valleys of Neptune, and a 1968 home recording on West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, a box set of demos and other unreleased material. In 2013, yet another version, from May 1969, featuring Hendrix along with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox was released on the album People, Hell and Angels. A later recording from July 1970 with Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell is also known to exist, but has never been released.
Various recordings of the song are included on the following releases:
- Woodstock 2 (1971)
- Rainbow Bridge (1971)
- Sound Track Recordings from the Film Jimi Hendrix (1973)
- Midnight Lightning (1975)
- The Jimi Hendrix Concerts (1982)
- Band of Gypsys 2 (1986)
- Radio One (1988)
- Stages (1991)
- Blues (1994)
- Woodstock (1994)
- Live at the Oakland Coliseum (1998)
- BBC Sessions (1998)
- Live at the Fillmore East (1999) (expanded edition of Band of Gypsys and Band of Gypsys 2)
- Live at Woodstock (1999) (expanded edition of Woodstock)
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (2000)
- Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection (2001)
- Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Jimi Hendrix (2003)
- Valleys of Neptune (2010)
- West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (2010)
- Winterland (2011)
- People, Hell & Angels (2013)