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People, Hell and Angels
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Compilation album by Jimi Hendrix
Released March 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)
Recorded March 1968 – August 1970
Studio Record Plant Studios, Hit Factory, Sound Centre and Electric Lady Studios, New York City;
Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Genre Blues rock[1]
Length 52:33
Label Legacy
Producer Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, Janie Hendrix, John McDermott
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Winterland
(2011)
People, Hell & 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]

According to Eddie Kramer, the engineer who recorded most of Hendrix's music during his lifetime, this will be the last Hendrix album to feature unreleased studio material. Kramer said that several as-yet-unreleased live recordings would be available in the coming years.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars[7]
Consequence of Sound C–[8]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[9]
The Independent 3/5 stars[10]
NME 8/10[11]
PopMatters 7/10[12]
Q 3/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[14]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[15]

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.[16] In Rolling Stone, David Fricke said Hendrix "plays at an elevated level in every setting" on the album,[14] while The Wire called the recordings "among the best of Hendrix's late work".[17] Patrick Humphries from BBC Music wrote that it "offers a tantalising glimpse of how Hendrix's genius might have progressed".[18] 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".[6] 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.[19]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.. 

No. Title Length
1. "Earth Blues"   3:33
2. "Somewhere"   4:05
3. "Hear My Train A Comin'"   5:41
4. "Bleeding Heart" (Elmore James) 3:58
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 Allen) 4:07
12. "Villanova Junction Blues"   1:44
Total length:
52:33
Target bonus track [20]
No. Title Length
13. "Ezy Ryder/MLK Jam [Captain Coconut]"   20:01
Total length:
72:34

Recording details[edit]

Recording details for People, Hell and Angels:[4][21]

  • 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
Hungarian Albums Chart[22] 12
Spanish Albums Chart[23] 24
Billboard 200[24] 2

Advertising[edit]

On Sunday January 20, 2013, seven songs from the album were used as part of the soundtrack to the Hawaii Five-0 episode "Olelo HoʻOpaʻI Make"/"Death Sentence".

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. ^ Talbott, Chris (March 5, 2013). "Hendrix at 70: New album offers different look". Yahoo! Music. Associated Press. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Westergaard, Sean. "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels". AllMusic. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Beviglia, Jim (February 27, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell And Angels". American Songwriter. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hadusek, John (March 7, 2013). "Album Review: Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell and Angels". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ Simpson, Dave (February 28, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels - Review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Gill, Andy (March 1, 2013). "Album review: Jimi Hendrix, People, Hell and Angels Experience Hendrix (LLC/Sony)". The Independent. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ Welsh, Andy (February 27, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels". NME. IPC Entertainment Media Network. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Murphy, Sean (March 7, 2013). "People, Hell & Angels". PopMatters. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ Q: 117. May 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Fricke, David (March 5, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ Scheinman, Tom (February 28, 2013). "Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels". Slant Magazine. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Reviews for People, Hell and Angels by Jimi Hendrix". Metacritic. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ The Wire: 50. April 2013. 
  18. ^ Humphries, Patrick. "Jimi Hendrix People, Hell and Angels Review". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 7, 2013). "Odds and Ends 028". MSN Music. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  20. ^ first released in 2006 on Burning Desire [1]
  21. ^ Geldeart, Gary; Rodham, Steve (2008). Jimi Hendrix: The Studio Log. Jimpress. ISBN 978-0-9527686-4-7. 
  22. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége". mahasz.hu. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  23. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES" (PDF) (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Jimi Hendrix: Chart history". billboard.com. Retrieved March 13, 2013.