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Listen to Previously Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Song, ‘Station Break’

On March 24, some of Jimi Hendrix‘s earliest recordings will be released as You Can’t Use My Name: Curtis Knight & the Squires (Featuring Jimi Hendrix) – The RSVP/PPX Sessions. You can hear one of the previously unreleased tracks, an instrumental called “Station Break,” above.

The track premiered earlier today at the Daily Beast, which also details the story behind the recordings. Hendrix was a member of Curtis Knight & the Squires from 1965-66. Signed to Ed Chalpin’s PPX International, they recorded a handful of sides that went nowhere. However, once Hendrix became a star a year later, Chalpin repackaged many of the songs and sold them as the new Hendrix albums Get That Feeling (in December 1967) and Flashing (in October 1968).

After more than a decade of litigation, Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the company run by the Hendrix family to oversee his legacy, acquired the tapes. They then hired Eddie Kramer, Hendrix’s longtime engineer, to clean up the tapes as best as possible so that they could get a proper release.

Rolling Stone‘s original review of Get That Feeling called it “barely representative of what Hendrix is now doing and is an embarrassment to him as a musician. Moreover, while it does show the early elements of the style he has now developed, it is so badly recorded to be of little historical value.”

That said, “Station Break” is a solid, if rough and unspectacular, instrumental. The music in the verses seems to take a cue or two from Sam Cooke‘s “Another Saturday Night,” while the B-section features a four-bar break. Hendrix doesn’t show off, but you can hear his familiar Stratocaster tone and hammers-on approach even at this early stage.

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