People, Hell and Angels by Jimi Hendrix
Gonna make this short and sweet.
In case you didn’t know, Jimi Hendrix is a rock n’ roll pioneer from the 60’s and 70’s. In case you didn’t know, Jimi Hendrix is the undeniable king of the electric guitar, and has been for around the nearly last half century. His amazing skill and sound can be identified by even the most unmotivated fans. You can hear the way he plays and you know it has to be Hendrix. In case you didn’t know, Jimi Hendrix has been dead for nearly 43 years. However, brothers and sisters, we have lived to see a new Hendrix album. This album, while straying from the usual Hendrix sound, is just as cool and intoxicating as Hendrix has ever been. It’s good to have music released under the Hendrix name again.
This album, People, Hell and Angels, is a collection of unreleased tracks from before Jimi’s death in 1970. While it’s nice to have some new material, it’s likely that the die hard Hendrix fans may have found one or two of these tracks already floating around on the internet. No big deal in my opinion, but it may take some of the effect away for that fan. Putting that behind me, I think this is a stellar album with an amazing opener, "Earth Blues," that is not only one of the catchiest songs I have heard all year but gets you locked in to this awesome bluesy rock experience that is smothered in soul. This is a new Hendrix sound and this is 2013. It’s amazing to hear something that has such a vintage feel to it, while having a brand new sticker on it. The middle of the album is basically one crazy Hendrix guitar solo that flows together very nicely. There is also some nice instrumentation on this album from other artists, be it trumpets, saxophones, or even vocal additions. It all keeps this Hendrix album sounding new and not like more “tired” Hendrix, if you can even argue that he was ever tired.
Then, at the end of this album, the sound picks up and mixes things up again. Right around "Mojo Man" the sound gets interesting again after serenading you. This track is so full of spice and funk it is absolutely ridiculous. The beat and the melody is something to behold in 2013, in my opinion at least. Is something rarely found in modern music that only an album like this could have brought back to us. It really sets this album for an awesome close. The last track "Villanova Junction Blues" really ties the the whole thing together nicely.
I have nearly zero complaints with this album, besides the fact that I feel like this album is for a very niche audience. It’s not for new Hendrix fans, but returning fans, who crave that sound. It does slow down here and there and it doesn’t do much new besides be a pleasant distraction. But I don’t think it really has to because this album is technically 43 years old. It’s pleasant, and that all it has to be.
Favorite Tracks: "Earth Blues" "Hear My Train A Comin" "Let Me Move You" "Mojo Man"
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