Remembering Jimi Hendrix: Behind The Scenes In The Studio With The Guitar Legend

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Today marks 49 years since this accidental and tragic death of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix at just 27-years-old. Regularly considered among the greatest to ever play guitar, Hendrix is still blowing the minds of listeners and would-be-guitarists and is likely to continue to do so for generations to come.

His short career produced some of the most memorable guitar licks to ever be recorded and his stage presence was equally captivating and mesmerizing. Hendrix rose to fame with the power trio featuring bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell known as The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The group released their debut album Are You Experienced in 1967 and followed it up later that year with Axis: Bold as Love. A third Jimi Hendrix Experience record, the double LP Electric Ladyland, was released in 1968.

Hendrix also released the live Band of Gypsys album in 1970 prior to his death later that year. Here’s a look back at the studio albums Jimi produced with The Experience in 1967 and 1968. The official videos below detail the recording sessions of five classic Hendrix songs. Engineer Eddie Kramer, producer Chas Chandler, Redding, Mitchell and others discuss the intricacies that went into creating the now legendary tracks.

The videos breakdown the making of “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Purple Haze” from Are You Experienced, “Bold As Love” and “Little Wing” from Axis: Bold as Love and “Voodoo Chile” / “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” from Electric Ladyland. Watch here:

[The Wind Cries Mary]

[Purple Haze]

[Bold As Love]

[Little Wing]

[Voodoo Chile / Voodoo Child (Slight Return)]

[Originally Published: September 18, 2016]