Jimi Hendrix’s army experiences influenced his guitar playing, according to Eddie Kramer, the engineer who collaborated on four albums with the guitarist prior to his death in 1970.
Hendrix served about one year in the U.S. Army, during which time he met Billy Cox, who later played bass with Hendrix after Noel Redding left the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1969.
Kramer recalls that Hendrix and Cox were paratroopers and believes the guitarist channeled the experience through his guitar playing.
“They were flying out and jumping out of those planes, and I think a lot of the sounds that Jimi finally came up with when he started to make it was a reflection [of that],” Kramer says.
“Back in the day, when the door of the planes would open up and out you’d go, you’d hear that”—makes wind sound. “All those big bends on the guitar with the whammy bar and all those great distortions and all those bombs exploding and stuff—that’s Jimi getting the influence.”
Kramer made his comments back in March 2013 when he and Hendrix archivist John McDermott appeared on Rockline Radio to talk about People, Hell and Angels, the posthumous Hendrix album featuring 12 previously unreleased recordings of tracks he planned for the followup to Electric Ladyland.
You can hear the interview below as well as “Hear My Train A Comin’,” from People, Hell and Angels in the clip below. The recording was taken from the first ever session with Hendrix, Cox and drummer Buddy Miles and was recorded on May 21, 1969 at the Record Plant in New York. The song starts at the 5:30 mark. Or simply follow this link.
This superb recording of “Hear My Train A Comin’” was drawn from Jimi Hendrix’s first ever session with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Recorded May 21, 1969 at New York’s Record Plant Studio, it made its first commercial debut on the hit album PEOPLE, HELL AND ANGELS. Check out the story and watch the “lyric video” that accompanied that release.
Posted by Jimi Hendrix on Wednesday, June 17, 2015