Inferior Versions Of Already Released Songs - Amatuer Copy & Paste Work - For
, March 6, 2013
By Chris Elliott
This is a very disappointing release that is FAR from “12 new studio recordings”
as being advertised by Experience Hendrix. Almost all of these songs have been
released in far superior versions on readily available retail releases. They
have duplicated multiple songs from the Valleys Of Neptune album they put out
just a couple of years ago also, including the second single from that album!
To Casual Fans – Avoid this release completely. If you are a casual fan of Jimi
Hendrix, this release is going to be sorely disappointing to you as almost all
of theses songs have been released in superior versions on other retail
releases. Additionally, this collection is not a fair representation as to the
quality of Jimi’s studio material. Go with Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As
Love, Electric Ladyland, or First Rays Of The New Rising Sun.
– Obviously a must-have, but be prepared to be disappointed in order to add this
“new studio album,” to your collections when hearing some of the amateur cut and
paste jobs on Jimi’s vocals, leaving them off beat in some songs (Somewhere,
Crash Landing, etc.). Experience Hendrix created a sub-label called Dagger
Records many years ago, which they use to release albums of alternate versions
of songs, demos, and songs that didn’t have a place on mainstream studio albums.
People, Hell and Angels belongs on that label as a release for Jimi Hendrix
This is a pretty low cash-grab on the part of Experience
Hendrix. In fact, Eddie Kramer, head producer on the project was interviewed on
video by Harmony Central after mixing this album down and said “this is the,
HOPEFULLY [emphasis added by Kramer], the last of all the studio albums,” which
seems to imply he is being coerced in some capacity by Janie Hendrix to arrange
inferior albums like this in order to fulfill contractual obligations to Sony.
Pretty clear he didn’t want to publicize a collection like this as a studio
album, because it’s not. They are duplicating songs that were on the “new
studio” album they released just a couple of years ago (Valleys of Neptune),
including that albums second single (Bleeding Heart)! And inferior versions of
these songs at that.
I was critical of their last release Valleys of Neptune,
but still have it 3 stars out of 5 because it did contain some new music.
However, this release is just shameful. This is a collection of nearly all
alternate (and inferior) versions of songs that have already been released.
There is so much duplication against their recent releases and songs that pale
in contrast to their already released versions, that it’s clear what’s going on
here: Experience Hendrix (Janie Hendrix) is doing everything they can to
fulfill the 10 album deal they inked with Sony a few years back and it appears
they are trying to slip by far inferior quality material and advertise it as
“new studio recordings” to do so. That’s right they are now contractually
obligated to release 10 albums of “new material.” They have released Valleys of
Neptune, Live In Cologne, the West Coast Seattle Boy box-set, the Winterland
box-set, and now this release. That means they’re only half way to fulfilling
this 10 album deal, so this is probably only the beginning of a string of horrid
releases like this.
Additionally, it’s important to note that there is still
some good music contained on this album, but it’s not a studio album as
advertised, not even close. This is a disjointed collection of demos, alternate
takes, jam sessions & rehearsals, already released songs, instrumentals, and
tracks that weren’t even Hendrix songs, but rather tracks he guest appeared on
only playing guitar – All inferior to their already released counterparts. If
released as an “alternate versions” collection or as a disc in a rarities box
set, this would be a real gem and Hendrix completists like me would be happy to
purchase an accurately billed release, aside from the few tracks that have
horrible timing issues due to amateurish “cut & paste” jobs on Jimi’s vocals.
However, the advertising of this being a “new studio album,” is going to do
nothing but alienate many would be Jimi fans when they hear the inferior quality
of these recordings and think that’s how Jimi’s “studio” material sounds.
being very generous in giving this album two stars despite of the inferior
versions of already released songs included on People, Hell and Angels, and the
amateurish (and off beat) pasting of Jimi’s vocals into many of the songs.