Today marks what would have been the 70th birthday of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and to help celebrate his extraordinary career Rolling Stone has released a sneak preview of the first single of Hendrix’s posthumous album.
“Somewhere” is one of the recordings to be featured on the upcoming People, Hell and Angels. Eddie Kramer, who engineered Hendrix’s classic Electric Ladyland, has been working on gathering rare-never-before-heard studio recordings of Hendrix from the late ‘60s. With help from Stephen Stills and drummer Buddy Miles, “Somewhere” is prime example of Hendrix’s talent and use of his guitar squall.
“That’s a fantastic example of Jimi’s amazing control of the wah-wah [pedal], the tone of the wah-wah—how that affects the whole song,” Kramer boasts in the interview clip.
Working closely with Hendrix, Kramer established a personal relationship with the musician and eventually became the director of engineering for Hendrix’s state-of-the-art Electric Ladyland studios.
“In ‘68 and ‘69, Jimi was in the studio constantly, his whole life was in the studio.”
People, Hell and Angels is set for a March 5 release. Check out the preview of “Somewhere” and Kramer’s interview below.