Jimi Hendrix and his British trio the Experience created a landmark double album in 1968 called “Electric Ladyland”, but this deep into the 21st century it may be difficult for many to fully understand the context in which it was made and the world into which it was subsequently released. Experience drummer the late Mitch Mitchell & Hendrix biographer/film director John McDermott tell the story from the inside.
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Biographer and reissue producer John McDermott is featured along with one of the last interviews with dear sweet Experience drummer John “Mitch” Mitchell in the first of our two-part In the Studio special on “Electric Ladyland” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
To my knowledge, the Jimi Hendrix early show at Berkeley CA on May 30, 1970 has never officially been released, so “Voodoo Child” is a nice appetizer for the 55th anniversary of “Electric Ladyland” coming up.
Jimi Hendrix mutated rock’s DNA & we have been trying to decode the Hendrix genome for more than half a century ever since “Are You Experienced?” was released in the UK May 1967. Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer the late Mitch Mitchell, Hendrix recording engineer Eddie Kramer, & expert Hendrix biographer/ archive producer John McDermott are my guests In the Studio..
Because of production delays and the notorious rainstorm, the Woodstock “headliner” and highest-paid performer reserved to close the show, Jimi Hendrix, ended up going on in the morning light of Monday, April 18. when many of the hundreds of thousands had left. Three who remained that day and participated in the legendary performance are my guests bass player Billy Cox, drummer Mitch Mitchell, and recording engineer Eddie Kramer.
Fifty years ago Jimi Hendrix performed two Memorial Day concerts in Berkeley CA at which he unveiled unreleased songs, including the portentious “Hear My Train a Comin’ “.
After the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream broke up, the heir to the throne of most powerful US rock band was the group Mountain…Led by the hulking guitarist/singer/songwriter Leslie West, Mountain posed a daunting challenge to sound engineers, both in the recording studio and live in concert. Here is a rare live recording of Mountain performing “Never in My Life” in late December 1973.
Al Stewart joins me In the Studio in a rare interview on the 45th anniversary of his breakout 1976 album “Year of the Cat”. Stewart might seem to be name-dropping big time, except it’s all true: sneaking backstage during a 1963 Beatles concert and talking with John Lennon; rooming in London next to Paul Simon; befriended by an unknown Cat Stevens; mc’ing at a London nightclub when another unknown, an American named Jimi Hendrix, decided to play his guitar with his teeth. But being witness repeatedly to rock history apparently accounted for nothing when Al Stewart’s seventh album, “Year of the Cat”, was unceremoniously turned down by every major UK record label.
It’s the golden anniversary of Steve Miller Band’s first #1 song and five million seller, “The Joker”. Steve Miller is my guest In the Studio.
Redbeard Rocks! 4th of July freedom themed playlist for your holiday. Remember, it’s “MAY God bless America”, y’all. Too many people tellin’ God what to do is a big part of the problem.