Curtis Knight The Squires - You Can't Use My Name - Jimi Hendrix Rock R + B 150 Grm LP

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Curtis Knight & The Squires - You Can't Use My Name - The RSVP/ PPX Sessions

Label: Experience Hendrix – 88875078001 S1, Sony Music 88875078001S1, Legacy – 88875078001S1
Format: Vinyl, LP, 150 gram,
Gatefold cover
Country: UK, Europe & US
Released: 2015
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul, Blues
Style: Rhythm & Blues


A1 How Would You Feel 3:50
A2 Gotta Have A New Dress 3:07
A3 Don't Accuse Me 3:55
A4 Fool For You Baby 2:14
A5 No Such Animal 4:49
A6 You Don't Want Me 2:21

B1 Welcome Home 3:47
B2 Knock Yourself Out (Flying On Instruments) 6:53
B3 Strange Things 2:55
B4 Station Break 2:31
B5 You Can't Use My Name / Gloomy Monday 4:28

Produced For – Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.
Copyright (c) – Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.
Licensed To – Sony Music Entertainment
Distributed By – Sony Music Entertainment


Backing Vocals – Jimi Hendrix
Bass – Ed 'Bugs' Gregory, Napoleon 'Hank' Anderson
Compilation Producer – Eddie Kramer, Janie Hendrix, John McDermott
Drums – Marion Booker, Ray Lucas
Guitar – Jimi Hendrix
Keyboards – Nathaniel Edmonds
Vocals – Curtis Knight

Includes download code for album and two extra tracks ("Simon Says" & "Hornet's Nest").

If you like 1960s R&B workouts like Ike & Tina, The Isleys, Chambers Brothers, etc., you will probably like this record

While not the same sound he presented to the world in 1967, these are really good grunge/surf instrumental tracks and Jimi was apparently the author of both. The extended, remastered versions of these tracks are the highlight of the collection. The new track from those sessions (also instrumental) is 'Station Break' and, while not spectacular, it is worth hearing. The 4th and final non-vocal track is 'No Such Animal." It's also well worth a listen.

Of the vocal tracks, I like 'Don't Accuse Me' pretty well. Knight is at his best and there are some nice Hendrix guitar licks. "Welcome Home' is kind of fun too. (Its faux club ambiance reminds me of the far superior Hendrix track 'My Friend.')

Four of these tracks were released in 1966 as singles on the RSVP label. The first, "How Would You Feel," riffs on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," with new lyrics that invoke issues of racism and the on-going struggle for equality. The second single, instrumentals "Hornet's Nest" and "Knock Yourself Out," represents Hendrix's first commercial release as a songwriter.

Neither single made any commercial, chart nor critical impact at the time, and the rest of the tracks remained in the vault until Hendrix's fame blew up in 1967. At that point Chalpin began issuing albums that seemed to intentionally obscure the material's provenance, giving Hendrix credit over Knight, and using cover photos that post-dated the sessions by two years. This continued off and on for decades, until the family-run Experience Hendrix organization finally acquired control in 2003.

Remixed by Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer to reflect the sound of the times in which they were recorded, and presented accurately with Hendrix as a sideman, these tracks become an essential element of the Hendrix legacy. Stripping away the coattail hucksterism of earlier releases, this volume shows a side of Hendrix's guitar playing that would soon be overshadowed by his on-going invention.

Knight is an adequate vocalist and the material is bouncy, if not particularly inspiring, and as a sideman, there was only so much Hendrix could do to add juice. Knight gets originality points for working the audience through the Jerk, Bo Diddley, Mashed Potato and Monkey on "Simon Says," as well as for setting the classic nonsense poem "One Bright Day in the Middle of the Night" to a stomping Bo Diddley beat on "Strange Things."

Curtis Knight - How Would You Feel w/ Jimi Hendrix

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Curtis Knight & The Squires - Gloomy Monday (audio) ft. Jimi Hendrix

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Curtis Knight & The Squires - No Such Animal (audio) ft. Jimi Hendrix

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More Information
Condition New
Format LP
Label Experience Hendrix, Legacy
Artist Jimi Hendrix
Color Black