Jimi Hendrix’s producer Eddie Kramer has revealed the story of why Jimi Hendrix played bass guitar for his own song.
He spoke in an interview with Q104.3 and shared how they recorded Hendrix’s classic album “Electric Ladyland”. He said:
“This album was recorded – it started in England actually, at Olympic Studios in London in late 1967 early ’68.
I moved to America, I came in to specifically continue work with Jimi. I was invited by [producer/engineer] Gary Kellgren who’d just built the Record Plant – that’s the studio 321, West 44th Street, and that’s where I landed to continue working with Jimi.
Gary has been in the studio with Jimi for like a month or so, and then I arrived in April and we continued working. Some of the tracks for ‘Electric Ladyland’ were actually cut at Olympic, like ‘All Along the Watchtower’ for instance. Now there’s a story about that…”
Interviewer said “We want to hear that story. Jimi played bass on that song actually, right?”, Kramer responded:
“He certainly did, because Noel [Redding] went to the pub and got drunk, I think.
Jimi wanted to build a nightclub basically – the old-generation night club. He was jamming there for about six months and the club closed, and then it was for sale, and then Jimi and his manager bought it.”
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