If you’re familiar with Jimi Hendrix, you might know that every few years a new album comes out with previously unreleased songs; however, most of it is simply unheard or remastered versions of tunes that many fans already heard on bootleg or live albums. Hence why so many people will tell you that Hendrix’ survivors are just milking all they can out of the name of one of the greatest guitarists ever, and why you shouldn’t buy such albums.
That being said, whether you disagree or just don’t care about such a practice (or even think it’s a brilliant commercial technique and are all for that sort of stuff), it’s always interesting to listen to new versions of old songs, especially when we’re talking about a guy who improvised so much in his playing. Compare the new version of Hear My Train A Comin’ that you can hear on Rolling Stone’s website, which will be featured on the soon to be released People, Hell and Angels on March 5th, to the acoustic version that’s been around Youtube for a while now:
And to the much more similar (but way longer) version from another posthumous compilation, Blues:
If you’re interested in learning more about the new album, I strongly advise you to read this article which talks about the supposedly new tracks, and where you might have heard them before. And if you like to be frustrated, read about the holy grail of unreleased Jimi Hendrix music, Black Gold, on Wikipedia.