• JIMI AND MICK JIMI AND MICK

    Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger backstage at Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1969.

    "Jimi called me up one night and said 'I'm going to see the Stones tonight do you wanna go?' I grabbed my camera bag and met him at the back stage entrance to Madison Square Garden and we went up to the dressing room and hung out with the Stones. This was on the occasion of Jimi's birthday November 27th 1969." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

    Jimi Hendrix recording at Olympic Studios, London 1967.

    "We were recording the basic tracks for "Are You Experienced" at Olympic Studios and Jimi was running down the song with the band. I was able to capture this moment showing his laser like concentration shutting out the world around him." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • WHITE STRAT... WHITE STRAT...

    Jimi Hendrix recording "Electric Lady Land" at the Record Plant, NYC 1968.

    "I had arrived in NYC to start work at the Record Plant in April of 1968 and jumped immediately into the recording of the "Electric Lady Land" album. Jimi was in fine form and was always incredibly well dressed showing a taste for colorful shirts and green velvet pants." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • SGT. PEPPER SGT. PEPPER

    Jimi Hendrix performing at the Saville Theatre, London, 1967.

    "In 1967 Jimi performed at the Saville Theatre (which was owned by Brian Epstein the Beatles manager) Jimi knew that the Beatles would be in the audience and was determined to blow them away. He had obtained a copy of the Sgt. Pepper's album, which had only been out for two days. I had gone up to the dressing room and saw Jimi huddled around a tiny Phillips portable record player rehearsing the band 5 minutes before the show. They ran downstairs and jumped onstage and proceeded to demolish the audience, which included Paul Mc Cartney and George Harrison who reacted with mouths open in disbelief." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • WAVES OF INTENSE SOUND WAVES OF INTENSE SOUND

    Jimi Hendrix performimg at Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1969.

    "I was always mesmerized by the transformation of Jimi's persona from the shy, soft spoken individual into the towering monster guitarist that appeared on stage demolishing everything in his path with waves of intense sound. I rarely attended Jimi's shows as just a fan and not being in a mobile truck recording him, so it was such a
     moment of visceral pleasure to capture these
     images from the side and front of the stage."

    ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • STEREOPHONIC SMOKING STEREOPHONIC SMOKING

    Jimi Hendrix at The Record Plant, NYC 1968.

    "Even though Jimi smoked grass he was never too stoned to work diligently and with tremendous focus on the task at hand. This photo shows Jimi very relaxed and utilizing a unique system for smoking a joint and a cigarette at the same time. Even smoking was a 'stereophonic' experience."
    ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • PHASING PLAYBACK PHASING PLAYBACK

    Jimi Hendrix checking a playback at Olympic Studios, London 1967.

    "We were experimenting with stereo flanging/phasing and demonstrated this for the first time to Jimi during a playback of "Axis Bold as Love". He collapsed on the floor holding his head in his hands shouting 'Oh man how did you do that? I heard that sound in my dreams...play it again...wow, wow. I want that sound on everything man..!!' " ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • NOT THERE YET NOT THERE YET

    Jimi Hendrix recording at The Record Plant, NYC 1968.

    "Jimi was very self demanding and a perfectionist. So when he heard back this particular solo he was understandably pissed off at the result. His expression reminds me of a gunslinger about to knock off his next opponent…except that it would be take 29 of the overdub solo!!"
    ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • ROUGH MIX ROUGH MIX

    Jimi Hendrix mixing at The Record Plant, NYC 1968.

    "Jimi was totally into the technology of the day as demonstrated by his ability at the board. We often mixed together as a team mostly ending in very creative collaborations or falling over laughing at the mess we had made of the sound. In fact "1983 (A Merman I should turn to be) " was mixed as one complete take with two or three rehearsals before hand."
    ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • GYPSY EYES GYPSY EYES

    Jimi Hendrix at The Record Plant, NYC 1968

    "Jimi had the habit of making the final draft of a song he was working on just before he went into the booth to record the vocal. This photo shows a smiling Jimi putting the final touches to "Gypsy Eyes" from the many notes he kept with him usually written on hotel stationary, napkins, or matchbook covers. These would be assembled on a yellow legal pad just prior to singing the final vocal. An interesting observation is that he wrote right handed even though he played lefty." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • NOEL'S BASS NOEL'S BASS

    Jimi Hendrix jamming at The Scene club, NYC 1968.

    "Jimi showing his prowess as an all round musician playing Noel's bass upside down accompanying Jazz guitarist Larry Corryell at the Scene club, which he used as his own personal rehearsal space trying out new ideas, testing musicians and making selections for possible inclusion in the recording of "Electric Lady Land" just around the corner at the Record Plant on 44th street." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • JIMI OVERDUBBING DURING THE ELECTRIC LADY LAND SESSIONS JIMI OVERDUBBING DURING THE ELECTRIC LADY LAND SESSIONS

    Jimi Hendrix recording "Electric Lady Land" at the Record Plant, NYC 1968.

    "This rare and only recently discovered image during research for the new Hendrix 4 CD Box set "West Coast Seattle Boy" features Jimi at work showing some of his guitars scattered on the floor."
    ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • JIMI'S LAUGHTER JIMI'S LAUGHTER

    Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles at The Record Plant, NYC 1968.

    "Jimi had a longstanding warm relationship with Buddy Miles. In this photo Jimi and Buddy can hardly contain their laughter. One of Jimi's most endearing traits was his amazing sense of humor. Even though it was at times self deprecating, Mitch, Noel and myself were often the butt of his jokes…all in the desire to keep the sessions loose!!" ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER

    Jimi Hendrix performimg at Woodstock, NY 1969.

    "Even though Jimi had trouble with some of the musicians not being able to keep up with him, he was still able to deliver a masterful rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" which became the de facto theme song for the revolutionary 70's. During Jimi's legendary performance at Woodstock, I was in the truck behind the stage recording the show and everything was running smoothly so I asked the assistant engineer to watch the levels as I raced up to the side of the stage and grabbed this shot of Jimi. Then I ran back to the truck and continued recording the rest of the show. Woodstock for me was three days of drugs and Hell...!!" ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • BACKSTAGE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN BACKSTAGE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

    Jimi Hendrix rehearsing at Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1969.

    "Jimi's hands were huge and he used his thumb to bar the entire neck of the guitar, which yielded much of his unique tone. He is seen here quietly rehearsing using a Gibson Flying V, prior to going on stage. He used the "V" for playing blues and that was his way of relaxing…..(his Strat sits in the case)" ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLASS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLASS

    Jimi Hendrix recording "Electric Lady Land" at the Record Plant, NYC 1968.

    "I have always loved this photo as it seems to sum up my feelings about the images I was privileged to capture. I am lucky enough to be sitting on the other side of the glass listening to a genius playing guitar and laying down take after take of fabulous history making music, recording it for posterity and able to grab a shot of the artist deep in the middle of a take!!"
    ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • THE IRON CROSS THE IRON CROSS

    Jimi Hendrix at Saville Theatre London 1967.

    "Jimi played the Saville Theatre in 1967 and opened the show with a stunning rendition of Sgt. Pepper. The Beatles were in the audience and were completely blown away. Apparently, George said to Paul after the show "Hey c'mon man, we've got to get back to the studio and re-do the guitars !!" Jimi was pretty buffed in those days displaying an Iron Cross on his chest for bravado. This special limited edition is printed on silver metallic paper. Co-design and colorization by AJ Newton."
    ~ Eddie Kramer

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A Roller Coaster Ride Of Intensity

Working with Jimi Hendrix in the studio was a roller coaster ride of intensity that never stopped. Jimi had laser like concentration on the job at hand, from the first run-throughs of the song through to the last notes of the overdubs. I had to be permanently on my toes to be able to handle any situation as it developed as he could switch musical direction at the drop of a hat. His ideas came fast and furious with a devilish glint in his eye as he would rack up a particular sound from his amp that would give me a challenge to interpret what was going on from the floor of the studio to bringing that enormous sound into the control room through that marvelous Helios Console and onto a Tube Ampex tape machine. Then to watch his expression as he heard the playback was a joy to behold.

Jimi had a wicked sense of humour and made a point of taking the piss out of myself, Mitch and Noel, always leaving room to poke fun at himself. All of this was done to keep the atmosphere light hearted and fun! I very rarely saw him down in our working environment.

To Jimi, the studio was his second home, other than the stage. Working with Hendrix was an object lesson in how to remain open, creative and sensitive to the artists needs, some thing which I apply to every group I work with, even today.

 

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