Veteran American rocker Stephen Stills has found tapes of an album he recorded with Jimi Hendrix 38 years ago.
The startling revelation came from Still's CSNY bandmate, Graham Nash. In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Nash says he wants to help compile a box-set for Stills. "He has an enormous history of recording," Nash says. "In the '70s, he was a recording fool. He just found a bloody album he made with Hendrix.
"'Oh yeah, I forgot that.' We've got to listen to that... I want to listen to every track he ever recorded in case he recorded with Al Jolson."
The recordings were made in 1970, the same year that Hendrix died, and will be fascinating to the millions of Hendrix completists around the world. Hendrix's solo work in progress at the time of his death has previously been issued as the album First Rays Of The New Rising Sun, but the news of extensive recordings with Stills is a revelation.
Recordings are "historically significant"
According to Hendrix author and expert Brad Tolinski of Guitar World, the recordings will be of genuine interest.
"In 1970, both Jimi and Stephen were in their creative prime, so there is every possibility that these recordings could be quite good and historically significant," Tolinski tells MusicRadar. "There is no doubt that anyone interested in either Hendrix or Stills, or great guitar playing in general, will want to hear this collaboration."
Stills' 1970 self-titled debut album did feature Hendrix on one track, Old Times Good Times, but now it seems that there is an album's worth of material. Stills' album also featured Eric Clapton, but it's not known whether there is a track featuring all three guitarists – Clapton has never claimed he recorded with Hendrix, even though the two were friends.
Stills is now cleaning up for the tapes and preparing the Stills/Hendrix album for an official release.