About Jimi Hendrix's album "Loose Ends" with the enigmatic Alex Trevor on the cover

Remarkably, it was never released in the United States, at least not on vinyl in those years. The reason for that was too high standards of Reprise Records, Hendrix's label. In the opinion of its staff, "Loose Ends" was a rather weak and low-quality work.

About Jimi Hendrix's posthumous album "Loose Ends": track list, facts, meaning and significance

"Unfinished Business." - This is the title of a posthumous collection of tracks by the legendary guitar virtuoso. Jimi Hendrix. It was released in the winter of 1974 and eventually became Hendrix's final and fourth studio recording released by Michael Jeffrey.

The disc presents the listener with various snippets of recording from the studio and even the famous "The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice." in a modern arrangement by producer Eddie Kramer. A lot of work went into it John Jansen: he designed, spliced and compiled the disc.

Let's look at the history of the creation of "Loose Ends." in order.

Establishment and prerequisites

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix

Apart from John Jansen The release was actively worked on by: producer Eddie Kramer, session keyboardist Dave Palmerperformer Kim Kingsound engineer Gary Kellgren, musician Jack Adamsas well as Tom Fly и Jim Robinson. "Loose Ends." was the iconic guitarist's last posthumous studio record released by Michael Jeffrey. The disc was released in late winter 1974 in the United Kingdom. It is noteworthy that it was never released in the USA, at least not on vinyl in those years. The reason for this is that the standards were too high "Reprise Records"Hendrix's label. In the opinion of his staff, "Loose Ends" was a rather weak and low-quality work.

Table of Contents

Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Festival.
Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Festival.

The record consists of eight tracks that are studio recordings, various cuts and jams that are Hendricks he recorded during his lifetime. Almost all the material is recorded in 1970However, there are also tracks on the record that date back to the '60s.

Jimi Hendrix.
Jimi Hendrix.

While working on the compilation, the team of producers and musicians tried their best to maintain the "live" the atmosphere of studio work. It is for this reason that we can occasionally hear Hendrix's own lines and even his dialogue with the producer in the control room. Despite criticism from "Reprise Records", the album demonstrates all the genius and virtuosity of the legendary musician. And with this many listeners agree. Also "Loose Ends." Once again, it serves as a reminder of who the industry really lost in the autumn of 1970.

Track list

Jimi Hendrix, "Castles Made of Sand."
Jimi Hendrix, "Castles Made of Sand."

We suggest you check out the tracks from "Loose Ends.". When listening to the disc it really evokes a sense of Hendrix's live presence, and it's terrific. Unfortunately, some of the songs failed can be found on YouTube.

"Come Down Hard on Me Baby"

The track was recorded in New York City's "Electric Lady." in the summer of 1970.

"Blue Suede Shoes"

This composition was born within the walls "Record Plant." in the late winter of 1970.

"Jam 292."

The track dates back 1969 of the year.

"The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice."

This delightful composition took several days to record. The work was born in the summer of 1967 in "Mayfair Studios".

"Drifter's Escape"

The track appeared in "Electric Lady." in the summer of 1970.

"Burning Desire."

The track was born in the very late 60's, on New Year's Eve. The recording took place in a New York studio "Baggys.".

Next composition, "Born a Hootchie Kootchie Man."has the same history.

"Electric Ladyland"

The compilation is rounded off by a track recorded in the walls of the "Record Plant." in June 1968.

Interesting facts

  • Of the whole collection, the following deserves special attention "Stars playing Laughing Sam's Dice.". The composition was produced by Jimi Hendrix, and was first seen back in 1967 as the B side to the track "Burning of the Midnight Lamp". A year later, the song completed the track list "Smash Hits.". As for "Loose Ends", it includes its updated stereo version.
  • Subsequently, all the tracks from "Loose Ends." appeared on other official releases. The only exception was the song "Blue Suede Shoes".
  • Eddie Kramer, who also worked on the compilation, was a favourite sound engineer Jimi Hendrix.
  • John Jansen spent a huge amount of work on the album and was involved in its production, but of his own volition decided to remain a mystery to listeners and listed himself on the cover as Alex Trevor. For reasons that are unclear, Jansen did not want to give his real name.


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