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Jimi Hendrix’s Early Recordings With Curtis Knight to Be Released Next Month

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Jimi Hendrix‘s pre-Experience recording history will be compiled on a new collection next month. You Can’t Use My Name: Curtis Knight & the Squires (Featuring Jimi Hendrix) The RSVP/PPX Sessions includes 14 songs from the guitar hero’s days as a session musician.

The music comes from 1965-67, when Hendrix played guitar for the New York City R&B group Curtis Knight & the Squires. It was just one of the early pick-up gigs Hendrix did with artists like Don Covay, the Isley Brothers and Little Richard.

Two of the tracks performed by Knight & the Squires and included on You Can’t Use My Name (“Hornet’s Nest” and “Knock Yourself Out,” both instrumentals) were written by Hendrix and were the first songs composed by him to be released on record.

While Hendrix was still playing with Knight, he formed his own band — the one Animals bassist Chas Chandler saw and was so knocked out by. He in turn took Hendrix to London, and helped make him a star. After that, the record executive who formed the PPX label began reissuing the sessions Hendrix performed with Knight as solo Hendrix albums.

For years this music has showed up in various forms. You Can’t Use My Name, according to a press release announcing the compilation, is the “first attempt to present this music in its original context.” In addition to the songs, the set includes previously unreleased studio chatter from 1967 with Hendrix asking that his name not be used when the recording is released.

You Can’t Use My Name: Curtis Knight & the Squires (Featuring Jimi Hendrix) The RSVP/PPX Sessions will come out on March 24 via Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings. More of Hendrix’s early recordings are promised after this first collection debuts.

You Can’t Use My Name: Curtis Knight & the Squires (Featuring Jimi Hendrix) The RSVP/PPX Sessions Track Listing 

“How Would You Feel”
“Gotta Have a New Dress”
“Don’t Accuse Me”
“Fool for You Baby”
“No Such Animal”
“Welcome Home”
“Knock Yourself Out [Flying on Instruments]”
“Simon Says”
“Station Break”
“Strange Things”
“Hornet’s Nest”
“You Don’t Want Me”
“You Can’t Use My Name”
“Gloomy Monday”

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