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What's New in Version 1. In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality feedback and roaring distortion.
Occasionally, he recorded as a sessionman the Isley Brothers' single "Testify" is the only one of these early tracks that offers even a glimpse of his future genius. But the stars didn't appreciate his show-stealing showmanship, and Hendrix was straitjacketed by sideman roles that didn't allow him to develop as a soloist.
The logical step was for Hendrix to go out on his own, which he did in New York in the mid-'60s, playing with various musicians in local clubs, and joining white blues-rock singer John Hammond, Jr. The first lineup of the Animals was about to split, and Chandler, looking to move into management, convinced Hendrix to move to London and record as a solo act in England. The trio became stars with astonishing speed in the U. These tracks were also featured on their debut album, Are You Experienced, a psychedelic masterwork that became a huge hit in the U.
What caught most people's attention at first was his virtuosic guitar playing, which employed an arsenal of devices, including wah-wah pedals, buzzing feedback solos, crunching, distorted riffs, and lightning, liquid runs up and down the scales. But Hendrix was also a first-rate songwriter, melding cosmic imagery with some surprisingly pop-savvy hooks and tender sentiments.
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He was also an excellent blues interpreter and a passionate, engaging singer although his gruff, throaty vocal pipes were not nearly as great an asset as his instrumental skills. Amazingly, Hendrix would only record three fully conceived studio albums in his lifetime. On Electric Ladyland in particular, Hendrix pioneered the use of the studio itself as a recording instrument, manipulating electronics and devising overdub techniques with the help of engineer Eddie Kramer in particular to plot uncharted sonic territory.
Not that these albums were perfect, as impressive as they were; the instrumental breaks could meander, and Hendrix's songwriting was occasionally half-baked, never matching the consistency of Are You Experienced although he exercised greater creative control over the later albums. The final two years of Hendrix's life were turbulent ones musically, financially, and personally. He was embroiled in enough complicated management and record company disputes some dating from ill-advised contracts he'd signed before the Experience formed to keep the lawyers busy for years.
He disbanded the Experience in , forming Band of Gypsies with drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox to pursue funkier directions.
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He closed Woodstock with a sprawling, shaky set, redeemed by his famous machine-gun interpretation of "The Star Spangled Banner. In early , the Experience re-formed and disbanded again shortly afterward. At the same time, Hendrix felt torn in many directions by various fellow musicians, record company expectations, and management, all of whom had their own ideas of what Hendrix should be doing.
Almost two years since Electric Ladyland, a new studio album had yet to appear, although Hendrix was recording constantly during the period. While outside parties did contribute to bogging down Hendrix's studio work, it also seems likely that Hendrix himself was partly responsible for the stalemate, unable to form a permanent lineup of musicians, unable to decide what musical direction to pursue, unable to bring himself to complete another album despite endless jamming.
A few months into , Mitchell -- Hendrix's most valuable musical collaborator -- came back into the fold, replacing Miles in the drum chair, although Cox stayed in place. It was this trio that toured the world during Hendrix's final months. It's extremely difficult to separate the facts of Hendrix's life from rumors and speculation.
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Everyone who knew him well, or claimed to know him well, has different versions of his state of mind in Critics have variously mused that he was going to go into jazz, that he was going to get deeper into the blues, that he was going to continue doing what he was doing, or that he was too confused to know what he was doing at all. The same confusion holds true for his death: Contradictory versions of his final days have been given by his closest acquaintances of the time.
He'd been working intermittently on a new album, tentatively titled First Ray of the New Rising Sun, when he died in London on September 18, , from a drug-related overdose. Hendrix recorded a massive amount of unreleased studio material during his lifetime. Much of this as well as entire live concerts was issued posthumously; several of the live concerts were excellent, but the studio tapes have been the focus of enormous controversy for over 20 years. These initially came out in haphazard drabs and drubs the first, The Cry of Love, was easily the most outstanding of the lot.
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In the mid-'70s, producer Alan Douglas took control of these projects, overdubbing many of Hendrix's tapes with additional parts by studio musicians. In the eyes of many Hendrix fans, this was sacrilege, destroying the integrity of the work of a musician known to exercise meticulous care over the final production of his studio recordings.
Even as late as , Douglas was having ex-Knack drummer Bruce Gary record new parts for the typically misbegotten compilation Voodoo Soup. After a lengthy legal dispute, the rights to Hendrix's estate, including all of his recordings, returned to Al Hendrix, the guitarist's father, in July of They were able to find all the original master tapes, which had never been used for previous CD releases, and in April of , Hendrix's first three albums were reissued with drastically improved sound.
Later in , another compilation called South Saturn Delta showed up, collecting more tracks from posthumous LPs like Crash Landing, War Heroes, and Rainbow Bridge without the terrible '70s overdubs , along with a handful of never-before-heard material that Chas Chandler had withheld from Alan Douglas for all those years. More archival material followed. Radio One was basically expanded to the two-disc BBC Sessions released in , and saw the release of the full show from Woodstock as well as additional concert recordings from Band of Gypsies shows entitled Live at the Fillmore East.
The family also launched Dagger Records, essentially an authorized bootleg label to supply hardcore Hendrix fans with material that would be of limited commercial appeal.