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Under the Hood: Eddie Kramer on the Genius of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix coaxed an unprecedented range of sounds from his guitar to create a wild and chaotic cacophony. But there was a method to Hendrix’s madness.  Studio engineer Eddie Kramer worked on all of Hendrix’s records, and he tells us more about the genius of Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi’s backwards guitar was an effect that he rehearsed, contrary to popular belief I would say Jimi Hendrix was extremely well prepared.  I would give him songs that we’d been working on and he would take them home and experiment on his own tape machine, he would play it backwards and rehearse to it. By the time he came back to the studio the following day he would have planned out precisely what he was going to play for a solo. And out would come this incredibly beautiful melodic solo that was perfectly structured from the beginning to the end.  But that was because Hendrix had this ability to see and hear into the future. – Eddie Kramer