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Hendrix was working intermittently on a new album, tentatively titled First Ray Of The New Rising Sun (finally released in 1997), when he died in London on September 18, 1970 from "drug-related complications." Many of the songs probably wouldn't have made the actual release if Hendrix had lived.
Hendrix wrote this as a tribute to R&B legend Curtis Mayfield, who played with Jimi early in his career. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
There are around 4 guitar tracks. The backwards solo and fills, 2 guitar effect (univibe) and one last guitar with no special effect. The univibe was probably Hendrix' favorite effect. A Similar sound was created with a Leslie speaker used in "Little Wing."
According to Hendrix' producer Eddie Kramer, Jimi had the uncanny ability to record a solo backwards, all the while knowing exactly how it would sound after the tape was flipped back over.
An alternative mix recorded July 23, 1970 starts out with Jimi saying, "Let me do some sea sounds."
Buzzy Linhart played a vibraphone on this, which was added after Hendrix' death. (thanks, gonzalo - BsAs, Argentina, for all above)
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