Almost 45 years after “Electric Ladyland” came out in September 1968, Jimi Hendrix releases “People Hell & Angels” this week. Though Hendrix has now released more posthumous records than while alive, including a slew of unreleased tracks on 2010′s “Valleys of Neptune”, “People Hell & Angles” was reportedly the record Jimi was planning as his follow-up to “Electric Ladyland” and the most accurate indication of the musical direction he was heading in.
A statement on Jimi’s site makes “People Hell & Angels” sound like his own “White Album”:
These twelve recordings encompass a variety of unique sounds and styles incorporating many of the elements—horns, keyboards, percussion and second guitar—Jimi wanted to incorporate within his new music. People, Hell & Angels, presents some of the finest Jimi Hendrix guitar work ever issued and provides a compelling window into his growth as a songwriter, musician and producer.
It goes on to say the new record “offers tantalizing new clues as to the direction Hendrix was considering for ‘First Rays Of The New Rising Sun,’ his planned double album sequel to 1968′s groundbreaking ‘Electric Ladyland.’” Though the first track we’ve heard from the new record, “Somewhere”, doesn’t exactly sound worlds away from the signature Jimi sound we know and love. It does take his guitar riff out of the blues realm and into a major tonality that’s pretty unusual territory for him at 1:58. Listen below, and stay tuned for the rest of “People Hell & Angels” on Tuesday.