Previously unreleased music by Jimi Hendrix will be showcased during an episode of “Hawaii Five-O” before it’s released on “People, Hell and Angels” six weeks later. The album is a compilation of music recorded by Hendrix before his death -- although some tracks have seen the light of day in other iterations, whether it be a live recording or a remixed b-side.
The “Hawaii Five-O” episode will air on Jan. 20 and is expected to draw a massive audience because it’s slated to premiere directly following the AFC Championship game on CBS. The seven tracks that will play during the episode, according to The Wrap, are "Bleeding Heart," "Mojo Man," "Hey Gypsy Boy," "Inside Out," "Crash Landing," "Hear My Train A Comin'" and "Somewhere."
For Hendrix fans who don’t want to wait, or just don’t want to experience music from the man widely regarded as the greatest guitarist to ever pick up the instrument during a commercial cop show, “Somewhere” has already made its way around the Internet. Available for streaming on Rolling Stone, the track is evidence of the new experimental direction Hendrix began taking in 1968 and ’69.
“Somewhere” was slated to appear on “First Rays of the New Rising Sun,” a double-album successor to Hendrix’s highly regarded “Electric Ladyland” LP. Hendrix sings psychedelic, stream of consciousness lyrics while he wails away on a bluesy guitar solo, the likes of which were unseen in his earlier work. Stephen Stills and Buddy Miles sit in on bass and drums, respectively.
While “People, Hell and Angels” is billed as the debut of long-archived Hendrix material, the rock bloggers at Anti Quiet reveal that’s not quite the case. While that claim may technically be true, hardcore Hendrix fans will notice every track but one (maybe two) has been made available before on previous compilations or on posthumous albums which have similarly attempted to capitalize on the demand for more Jimi.