Lost Jimi Hendrix/Stephen Stills album found


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Stephen Stills says he has found the lost tapes for an album he recorded with Jimi Hendrix more than 30 years ago.


The unreleased album was reportedly discovered in a stack of material at Stills’ house. It seems Stills used to record every session in those days and simply forgot about the existence of the tapes.


Stills’ friend Graham Nash is understood to be cleaning up the tapes and preparing the album for an official release.


John McDermott, one of the archivists and overseers of Jimi Hendrix’s recordings, has also reportedly confirmed that the Hendrix/Stills album is being readied for release. It will feature sessions which Stills recorded with Hendrix in 1969 and 1970, he said


Stephen Stills was a close friend of Jimi Hendrix and previous sessions involving the two guitarists have emerged before – notably the Stills’ Basement bootlegs. But the authenticity of some of those tracks has been questioned. One track featuring Hendrix on guitar – ‘Old Times, Good Times’ – appeared on Stills’ eponymous first solo album in 1970.


When Hendrix was forming his trio The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966, his manager Chas Chandler reputedly contacted Stills’ manager to invite Stills to become the group’s bass player. But Stills’ manager was concerned that Stills’ friendship with Hendrix, and his admiration for Hendrix’s genius, might prompt him to take the job rather than continue with Buffalo Springfield. So he didn’t pass the message on.


Within a year, though, both Stills and Hendrix were superstars in their own right. They continued to socialise and jam together informally until Hendrix’s untimely death in 1970.


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