Jimi Hendrix makes highest US chart debut since 1968

'People, Hell & Angels' enters Billboard Top 200 at Number Two

Jimi Hendrix makes highest US chart debut since 1968

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Jimi Hendrix's album of previously unreleased tracks, 'People, Hell & Angels', has entered the US album chart at Number Two, giving the late guitarist his highest chart position since 1968.

The album, consisting of recording sessions that took place between early 1968 and late 1969, has so far sold 72,000 copies in the US. It didn't fare quite so well in the UK, but did just about enter the Top 40, charting at Number 39 after its release on March 4.

Bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles feature on most of the album. They, with Hendrix, would later become Band Of Gypsys, who released a live album prior to Hendrix's death in 1970. Stephen Stills, formerly of Buffalo Springfield, also appears on one track, 'Somewhere', as does saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood.

'People, Hell & Angels' is the first Hendrix release since 2010's 'Valleys Of Neptune', another album made from previously unreleased recordings. There have been other posthumous albums released by the Hendrix estate, namely 'First Rays Of The New Rising Sun' in 1997, which showcases what the guitarist was working on at the time of his death. Although unfinished, it's believed by many to be as close as possible to the album he would have eventually released.

Hendrix's third album 'Electric Ladyland' reached Number One in the US when it was released in 1968.

You can read a full feature about the making of 'People, Hell & Angels' in this week's NME.

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