Jimi Hendrix was keen to work with manager Chas Chandler and get back to more structured recording shortly before he died, Eddie Kramer has told Uncut.
The engineer, who looks after Hendrix’s legacy as part of the Experience Hendrix organisation, says: “Before Jimi died, in 1970, he sought Chas’ counsel. I think he wanted to put back the old team.
“He’d learned from the experimentation and realised he needed Chas – but he had to come to that realisation himself.”
Hendrix’s final period of recording saw the guitarist take a more wayward approach, with lengthy jams and experimental pieces taking the place of more structured sessions.
For more on the strange afterlife of Jimi Hendrix’s career, featuring contributions from Eddie Kramer, Janie Hendrix and more, check out the new issue of Uncut, out January 31.