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People, Hell and Angels
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Compilation album by Jimi Hendrix
ReleasedMarch 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)
RecordedMarch 1968 – August 1970
Studio
GenreBlues rock[1]
Length52:33
LabelLegacy
Producer
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Winterland
(2011)
People, Hell and Angels
(2013)
Miami Pop Festival
(2013)
Singles from People, Hell and Angels
  1. "Somewhere"
    Released: February 5, 2013
  2. "Earth Blues"
    Released: February 18, 2013

People, Hell and Angels is a posthumous compilation album[2] by the American rock musician Jimi Hendrix. The fourth release under the Experience Hendrix deal with Legacy Recordings, it contains twelve previously unreleased recordings of tracks he was working on for the planned follow-up to Electric Ladyland. It was released on March 5, 2013.

Background[edit]

The tracks featured on People, Hell and Angels are previously unreleased recordings of songs that Jimi Hendrix and fellow band members (mainly the Band of Gypsys lineup featuring Billy Cox and Buddy Miles) were working on as the follow-up to Electric Ladyland, tentatively titled First Rays of the New Rising Sun.[3] The majority of the recordings are drawn from sessions in 1968 and 1969 at the Record Plant Studios in New York, with a few inclusions from Hendrix's brief residencies at Sound Centre, the Hit Factory, and his own Electric Lady Studios.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
American Songwriter3.5/5 stars[6]
Consequence of SoundC–[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
The Independent3/5 stars[9]
NME8/10[10]
PopMatters7/10[11]
Q3/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[14]

People, Hell and Angels received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, it received an average score of 74, based on 18 reviews.[15] In Rolling Stone, David Fricke said Hendrix "plays at an elevated level in every setting" on the album,[13] while The Wire called the recordings "among the best of Hendrix's late work".[16] Patrick Humphries from BBC Music wrote that it "offers a tantalising glimpse of how Hendrix's genius might have progressed".[17] AllMusic's Sean Westergaard was less enthusiastic and said the album "certainly isn't the place to start your Hendrix collection, but collectors will surely want to hear this".[5] Writing for MSN Music, Robert Christgau called it a quality collection of leftovers highlighted by the songs "Somewhere" and "Let Me Move You", in which Hendrix comps behind saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Earth Blues" 3:33
2."Somewhere" 4:05
3."Hear My Train A Comin'" 5:41
4."Bleeding Heart"Elmore James3:58
5."Let Me Move You" 6:50
6."Izabella" 3:42
7."Easy Blues" 5:57
8."Crash Landing" 4:14
9."Inside Out" 5:03
10."Hey Gypsy Boy" 3:39
11."Mojo Man"Albert Allen, Arthur Allen4:07
12."Villanova Junction Blues" 1:44
Total length:52:33
Target bonus track [19]
No.TitleLength
13."Ezy Ryder/MLK Jam [Captain Coconut]"20:01
Total length:72:34

Recording details[edit]

Recording details for People, Hell and Angels:[4][20]

  • Track 1 recorded on December 19, 1969, at Record Plant Studios
  • Track 2 recorded on March 13, 1968, at the Sound Centre
  • Tracks 3, 4 and 12 recorded on May 21, 1969, at Record Plant Studios
  • Tracks 5 and 10 recorded on March 18, 1969, at Record Plant Studios
  • Tracks 6 and 7 recorded on August 28, 1969, at the Hit Factory
  • Track 8 recorded on April 24, 1969, at Record Plant Studios
  • Track 9 recorded on June 11, 1968, at Record Plant Studios
  • Track 11 recorded in June 1969, at Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama; overdubs in August 1970 at Electric Lady Studios
  • Track 13 recorded on January 23, 1970, at Record Plant Studios

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Billboard 200[21] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ McKinley Jr., James C. (March 6, 2010). "Exhuming the Last of Hendrix's Studio Sessions". The New York Times. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Beviglia, Jim (February 27, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell And Angels". American Songwriter. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Lost Jimi Hendrix album will be released in 2013". NME. November 21, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Jimi Hendrix's People, Hell & Angels Coming March 5, 2013!". jimihendrix.com (official website). November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Westergaard, Sean. "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels". AllMusic. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Beviglia, Jim (February 27, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell And Angels". American Songwriter. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  7. ^ Hadusek, John (March 7, 2013). "Album Review: Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell and Angels". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  8. ^ Simpson, Dave (February 28, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels - Review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  9. ^ Gill, Andy (March 1, 2013). "Album review: Jimi Hendrix, People, Hell and Angels Experience Hendrix (LLC/Sony)". The Independent. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  10. ^ Welsh, Andy (February 27, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels". NME. IPC Entertainment Media Network. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  11. ^ Murphy, Sean (March 7, 2013). "People, Hell & Angels". PopMatters. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  12. ^ Q: 117. May 2013.
  13. ^ a b Fricke, David (March 5, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  14. ^ Scheinman, Tom (February 28, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels". Slant Magazine. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  15. ^ "Reviews for People, Hell and Angels by Jimi Hendrix". Metacritic. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  16. ^ The Wire: 50. April 2013.
  17. ^ Humphries, Patrick. "Jimi Hendrix People, Hell and Angels Review". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  18. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 7, 2013). "Odds and Ends 028". MSN Music. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  19. ^ first released in 2006 on Burning Desire [1]
  20. ^ Geldeart, Gary; Rodham, Steve (2008). Jimi Hendrix: The Studio Log. Jimpress. ISBN 978-0-9527686-4-7.
  21. ^ "Jimi Hendrix: Chart history". billboard.com. Retrieved March 13, 2013.