South Saturn Delta

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South Saturn Delta
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Compilation album by Jimi Hendrix
Released October 7, 1997
Recorded October 1967 to August 1970
Studio Electric Lady in Greenwich Village,
Record Plant in Times Square,
Hit Factory in Times Square,
TTG Studios in Hollywood,
Olmstead Sound Studios in New York City,
Mayfair Studios in New York City, and
Olympic Studios in London
Genre Rock, blues, jazz
Length 65:47
Label Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.; MCA
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
(1997)Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix1997
South Saturn Delta
Live at the Oakland Coliseum
(1998)Live at the Oakland Coliseum1998

South Saturn Delta is a posthumous compilation album[1] by American rock musician Jimi Hendrix. It was compiled by the Hendrix estate that consists of material such as demo tapes, unfinished takes and alternate mixes, previously released material, most of which Hendrix had been working on prior to his death in 1970.


When the Hendrix family acquired the rights for Jimi's catalog in 1995, they signed a contract with MCA Records (predecessor to the Universal Music Group) to release compilations of rare or newly discovered material. The first album that resulted of this contract was First Rays of the New Rising Sun, which was released in 1997 and was an attempt to rebuild the album left unfinished at Hendrix's death. South Saturn Delta followed it some months later and is a collection of unreleased material. It has been re-released by the Hendrix Family in a special CD/DVD digipak package on April 12, 2011. The track list includes tracks from out-of-print albums such as Rainbow Bridge ("Look Over Yonder", "Pali Gap"); War Heroes ("Bleeding Heart", "Tax Free", "Midnight"); and Loose Ends ("The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice", "Drifter's Escape") along with new mixes of songs ("All Along the Watchtower").

"Look Over Yonder" is an outtake from 1968 featuring the original Experience line-up. The incorrectly tagged "Little Wing" is a demo tape performed solely by Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell and musically identical to "Angel". "Here He Comes (Lover Man)" is a well known Hendrix concert staple song that never made it to any of his albums. "South Saturn Delta" is a horn-laden funk-jazz song while "Power of Soul" and "Message to the Universe (Message to Love)" are studio versions of two Band of Gypsys tracks, the latter performed by Hendrix's Woodstock band Gypsy Sun and Rainbows. "Tax Free" is a studio recording of the song written by the Swedish instrumental duo Hansson and Carlsson, occasionally played on stage by Hendrix. "All Along the Watchtower" is the same take that appears on the Electric Ladyland album, but this one is the earlier mix by Chas Chandler. The stereo mix of "The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice" (originally the B-side to "Burning of the Midnight Lamp") is taken from the Loose Ends album, which was released in 1974 in Europe and Japan.

"Midnight" is an instrumental song from the Experience's sessions at New York's Olmstead Studios in April 1969. The Olmstead sessions, along with the band's Fall 1968 sessions at TTG Studios (where both "Look Over Yonder" and "Here He Comes (Lover Man)" were captured) were one of the few attempts the Experience made to come up with a follow up to Electric Ladyland. "Sweet Angel" is an early demo version of the song "Angel" featuring Hendrix using a primitive drum machine (the original tape had become slightly damaged some years back, although suspiciously, the same version remains intact on the Jimi Hendrix Experience box set). "Bleeding Heart" is a jam based on an old blues song that appeared in 1972 on War Heroes and in 1994 on Blues. "Pali Gap" is an instrumental. Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's "Drifter's Escape" also appeared on Loose Ends but in a posthumous mix created by John Jansen. The version that appears on South Saturn Delta uses the original mix prepared by Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Kramer in August 1970. "Midnight Lightning" is a demo tape of Hendrix's delta blues song featuring Hendrix alone tapping his foot to indicate time while playing.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender3/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA–[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]

In a review for Rolling Stone, David Fricke viewed South Saturn Delta as an inconsistent compilation that is "less of a mess" than the albums that preceded it but does not explore deep enough into Hendrix's recordings.[8] Robert Christgau wrote in Blender, "it establishes the listenability of Hendrix's dribs and drabs", recommending it to fanatics "with time on their hands".[3] AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine said the album serves as an attempt to "capture the full range of Hendrix's music through an alternate history ... an intelligently sequenced, listenable collection of some of the very best outtakes and rarities from Hendrix".[2] James P. Wisdom from Pitchfork found the songs full of Hendrix's growing embrace of fusing rock, blues, and jazz sounds "in ways that had never been considered".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

  1. "Look Over Yonder" – 3:25
  2. "Little Wing" – 2:44
  3. "Here He Comes (Lover Man)" – 6:33
  4. "South Saturn Delta" – 4:07
  5. "Power of Soul" – 5:20
  6. "Message to the Universe (Message of Love)" – 6:19
  7. "Tax Free" (Bo Hansson, Janne Carlsson) – 4:58
  8. "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan) – 4:01
  9. "The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice" – 4:20
  10. "Midnight" – 5:32
  11. "Sweet Angel (Angel)" – 3:55
  12. "Bleeding Heart" (Elmore James) – 3:15
  13. "Pali Gap" – 5:08
  14. "Drifter's Escape" (Bob Dylan) – 3:05
  15. "Midnight Lightning" – 3:07


  • Jimi Hendrix - Guitar, Vocals, Bass (tracks 4, 7 and 8)
  • Mitch Mitchell - Drums (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 and 14)
  • Noel Redding - Bass (Tracks 1, 3, 9 and 10)
  • Billy Cox - Bass (Tracks 5, 6, 12, 13 and 14), Backing Vocals (Track 5)

Additional Personnel

Recording details[edit]

  • Track 1 recorded at TTG Studios in Hollywood, California on Oct. 22, 1968
  • Track 2 recorded at Olympic Studios in London, UK on Oct. 14, 1967
  • Track 3 recorded at TTG Studios in Hollywood, California, on Oct. 29, 1968
  • Track 4 recorded at Record Plant Studios in New York City, New York on May 2 and Jun. 14, 1968
  • Track 5 recorded at Record Plant Studios in New York City, New York on Jan. 21 and Feb. 3, 1970 and at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York on Aug. 22, 1970
  • Track 6 recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City, New York on Aug. 28, 1969
  • Track 7 recorded at Olympic Studios in London, UK on Jan. 26 and 28, 1968 and at Record Plant Studios in New York City, New York on May 1, 1968
  • Track 8 recorded at Olympic Studios in London, UK on Jan. 21 and 26, 1968
  • Track 9 recorded at Mayfair Studios in New York City, New York on Jul. 19, 1967
  • Track 10 recorded at Olmstead Studios in New York City, New York on Apr. 1 and 3, 1969
  • Track 11 recorded at Olympic Studios in London, UK on Nov. 13, 1967
  • Track 12 recorded at Record Plant Studios in New York City, New York on Mar. 24, 1970 and at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York in June 1970
  • Track 13 recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York on Jul. 1, 1970
  • Track 14 recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York on Jun. 17, Jul. 19-20 and Aug. 22, 1970
  • Track 15 recorded at Record Plant Studios in New York City, New York on Mar. 23, 1970



  1. ^ Faralaco, John (2010). "Appendix 5: Selected Post-1971 Compilation Albums". The Jimi Hendrix Story: New Edition, Including Updated Discography. IPS Books. pp. 125–127. ISBN 1890988391. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (December 2005). "Back Catalogue: Jimi Hendrix". Blender. New York. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Muze. p. 249. ISBN 0195313739. 
  5. ^ Sinclair, Tom (October 10, 1997). "South Saturn Delta". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Wisdom, James P. "South Saturn Delta". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on February 16, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Evans, Paul; Brackett, Nathan (2004). "Jimi Hendrix". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 374–75. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ Fricke, David (December 25, 1997). "South Saturn Delta". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ McDermott, John (1997). South Saturn Delta (booklet). Jimi Hendrix. Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. pp. 3–20. 

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