“People, Hell and Angels” – Jimi Hendrix

The only thing I didn’t like about this album is that it wasn’t released sooner. Although these songs have been around for decades, they were released and compiled into an album only recently.

Hendrix was a musical genius, and it certainly shows on People, Hell & Angels.

The rhythm used on this album is excellent. The first track, “Earth Blues,” begins with a syncopated rhythm of notes. It’s very attention-catching and upbeat, and the song itself is interesting to listen to because of the syncopated, unique rhythm.

The beginning riff for “Inside Out” also uses good rhythmic patterns; it’s catchy and fun.

To an extent, all of the songs on this album thoughtfully use rhythm.

Of course, the guitar work on this album is very good.

“Bleeding Heart” has several great riffs. The riffs are played so naturally, and no note feels forced.

“Izabella” has an impressive guitar solo in it as well. Parts of it are relatively fast, which is what makes it sound impressive.

“Easy Blues” does a similar thing, although it’s more blues-oriented than rock. These riffs are played so effortlessly that they’re almost relaxing to listen to.

“Hey Gypsy Boy” also has a blues feeling to it. The songs on this album cross the rock and the blues borders. Although I prefer the more rock-oriented ones, the bluesy tracks have some really good qualities. I really like the guitar on “Hey Gypsy Boy,” especially the wah-type effect used toward the end. It’s not something I hear in music often, so it definitely caught my attention.

“Mojo Man” puts several brass instruments to use making it sound very jazzy and upbeat. This song is really fun to listen to, and it has many layers to it because of the different instruments.

I give this album five stars. It’s great to listen to all the way through, or just single tracks. It’s on par to Hendrix’s other albums, and certainly exceeds many albums from other artists.

Key Tracks: “Earth Blues” “Inside Out” “Mojo Man”