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Message From Nine To The Universe Vol. 1 & 2


1.1. Message From Nine To The Universe
1.2. Jimi-Jimmy Jam
1.3. Young-Hendrix Jam
1.4. Easy Blues
1.5. Drone Blues
2.1. World Traveller
2.2. McLaughlin
2.3. Young II
(Young II aka fuzzy gtr jam)
(Young II aka fuzzy gtr jam)
2.4. Strato Strut
2.5. Rainy Day, Dream Away
(Rainy Day Shuffle)
(Rainy Day Shuffle)
2.6. It's Too Bad


Original folder names:
Jimi Hendrix - Message From Nine To The Universe Vol. 1 (5 Tracks@FhG 192k)
Jimi Hendrix - Message From Nine To The Universe Vol. 2 (6 Tracks@FhG 192k)


The CD that inspired the name of my page :)

Made up of studio jams, Nine To The Universe is an indication of where Hendrix was trying to head with his music. No longer happy with 3 and a half minute singles, Jimi wanted to explore the limits of what was possible. These tracks, show Jimi and various people just jamming, seeing where ideas went, exploring new ideas that came up, or just jamming for fun. Originally put out as a 5 song official release, this version is an ROIO, the first 5 tracks coming from the original release, along with 5 other tracks, including a couple from the Band Of Gypsy rehearsal sessions. Sound quality is very good, though the songs are rough. But that was exactly the point of this release, to try and show just how Jimi came up with his music. And it works, in my opinion. As with most ROIO's, not always easy to find. But worth the search for.

Nine To The Universe 8:46
Jimi/Jimmy Jam 7:58
Young/Hendrix Jam 10:22
Easy Blues 4:17
Drone Blues 6:16
Midnight Lightning Jam 6:15
Highway Of Broken Dreams 14:13
Lonely Avenue Jam 2:48
Lover Man 3:54
Trying To Be 7:18
Catalog #: CD 12135
Nine to the Universe |1980|Reprise |2299
Nine To The Universe (1980)
Relatively untampered with, but a listless collection of 1969 instrumental jams put together to "prove" that Hendrix was abandoning rock and roll in favor of jazz. (DBW)
I actually enjoy this one; unlike most of the compilations from this era it at least has a coherent sound. And I'm particularly fond of a brief, charming track called "Easy Blues" that eventually should find a home somewhere. But it's far from essential. (JA)
POLYDOR MPF1311 1980(LP)
Release : 1980.3 (USA) / 1980.6 (UK)
Producer : Alan Douglas
Engineer : Ron Saint Germain

side A
Message From Nine To The Universe
Jimi/Jimmy Jam

side B
Easy Blues
Drone Blues
S172 03/25/69 Jimi/Jimmy Jam [S789 edit] NINE (USA)
S175 04/24/69 Drone Blues [S781 edit] NINE (USA)
S173 05/14/69 Young/Hendrix NINE (USA)
S171 05/22/69 Message from Nine to the Universe [altered] NINE (USA)
S174 Oct 1969 Easy Blues [S848 edit] NINE (USA)
5/22/69 (Thursday): Record Plant, 321 West 44th Street, New York, NY
tracks: Message From Nine To The Universe
audio: with Billy Cox on bass, Buddy Miles on drums, studio recording, source: Record Plant jams

5/15/69 (Thursday): Record Plant, 321 West 44th Street, New York, NY
tracks: instrumental jam (a.k.a. Young/Hendrix)
audio: with Larry Young on organ, Bill Rich? on bass and Buddy Miles? on drums, studio recording source: Record Plant jams

3/25/69 (Tuesday): Record Plant, 321 West 44th Street, New York, NY
tracks: instrumental jam (a.k.a. Jimi/Jimmy Jam)
audio: with Jim McCarty on guitar, Roland Robinson on bass and Buddy Miles on drums, studio recording, source: Record Plant jams

4/24/69 (Thursday): Record Plant, 321 West 44th Street, New York, NY
tracks: Drone Blues
audio: with Steve Stills? on bass, Dallas Taylor? on drums, studio recording, source: Record Plant jams
1. Nine To The Universe S171
2. Young Hendrix S172
3. Jimi-Jimmy Jam S173
4. Easy Blues S174
5. Drone Blues S175

Release details

- Reprise HS 2299 [USA] - Released 03/80
Charts - entry: 181 (26/04/80); top position: 127; weeks in chart: 7
- Polydor 2344 155 [ENG] - Released 06/80
Charts - never
- CD: not released

<1> This is what one could call a jam session album. During Jimi's career he would jam with just about anybody. Frequently Jimi would also take those musicians into the studio with him, either just for fun or to try out his musical ideas. Jack Adams (engineer at the Record Plant in 1969): 'They would come in and jam all night. One song would blend right into the next one, but later on he'd remember every single one.'
<2> All song titles (except 'Message From Nine To The Universe') were made up in 1979/80. Jimi didn't give any of the jams a name while recording them.
<3> This release came out in Brazil in late 1979 with a different cover and a different song order as: Message From Nine To The Universe (on WEA 38.023).
S171 Message From Nine To The Universe
Jimi (gi, lv, voice), Buddy (dr), Billy (ba), Devon Wilson (hv).
recorded at PLA, 22/05/69.
produced by Jimi.
Wiped in 1979/80: Devon Wilson (hv).
NOTE: <1> Incomplete. Refer to S790 for the complete version. <2> This is an early try-out version of 'Message To Love'.

S172 Jimi/Jimmy Jam
Jimi (gi), Mitch or Buddy (dr), unknown - not Dave Holland - (ba), Jimi McCarty (gi).
Special effect: Jimi (octavia).
recorded at PLA, 25/03/69.
produced by Jimi.
NOTE: Incomplete. Refer to S789 for the complete version.

S173 Young/Hendrix
Jimi (gi), Buddy? (dr), Billy (ba), Larry Young (or).
recorded at PLA, 14/05/69.
produced by Jimi.
NOTE: Incomplete.

S174 Easy Blues
Jimi (gi, voice), Mitch (dr), Billy (ba), Larry (rhythm gi), unknown (ta).
Special effect: Jimi (Uni-Vibe with chorus setting at slow speed).
recorded at HIT, Autumn 69.
produced by Jimi.
NOTE: <1> The tambourine appears to have been added via an overdub in 1969. <2> Incomplete. Refer to S848 for the complete version, without the tambourine .

S175 Drone Blues
Jimi (gi), unknown - not Mitch or Buddy - (dr), unknown - not Noel or Billy - (ba).
recorded at PLA, 24/04/69.
produced by Jimi.
NOTE: Incomplete. Refer to S781 for the complete version.

S171 - S175 appeared on
Nine to the Universe
Another posthumous deal, the "jazz" album.

Though I wouldn't call it jazz, I like it a lot. I just wish it was longer. More complete versions of these jams exist on various boots.

Nine to the Universe
Jimi/Jimmy Jam
Easy Blues
Drone Blues
Peter Pan Records

1. Nine To The Universe (22th May 1969)
2. Jimi-Jimmy Jam (25th March 1969)
3. Young-Hendrix
4. Easy Blues (28th August 1969)
5. Drone Blues

Excepcional Sonido Perfecto de Mesa de Mezclas (Estereo)!!!!!
Una Joya!!

Alan Douglas produjo en Marzo de 1980 este disco en formato LP, que lleva ya descatalogado mas de quince años (y que por suerte nos ha rescatado el sello Peter Pan digitalmente masterizado; parece que este sello está reeditando todos los discos descatalogados de Hendrix!, los fans estamos de enhorabuena) y que jamás tuvo una edición original en formato Cd.

La intención original del album era mostrar a Hendrix tocando como un músico de Jazz frustrado. Si bien dicha intención quizas no se haya logrado, dado lo ambiciosa y ambigua de dicha intención, lo que no se puede negar es que el contenido que se reunio para el album es absolutamente impresionante, y nos muestra a Hendrix en momentos interpretativos realmente excepcionales, con instrumentales a su altura, en la faceta mas Jazzy que nos podemos imaginar de Hendrix (la fusion de Rock y Jazz que realiza inigualablemente Hendrix en este disco es fascinante!!).

Como invitados especiales cabe destacar al famoso organista de jazz Larry Young (habitual colaborador de Miles Davis y John McLaughlin) en el track 3 (esta canción es impresionante, y nos muestra a Hendrix y Young tocando Jazz electrico absolutamente excepcional!!!; otra canción inedita de la misma sesión de grabación se puede encontrar en Hear My Freedom), así como al guitarrista Jim McCarty en el track 2.

Otra canción que destaca en este album sobremanera es la que da titulo al disco, "Nine To The Universe", con Hendrix tocando como un salvaje la guitarra en esta canción que fue grabada freneticamente en una sola sesión.
Date: 1982
Release: Warner Bros.

The album that demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt why Jimi Hendrix still reigns supreme as the God of Guitar. Jimi takes no vocals on any of the six tracks, preferring instead to let his guitar cry and sing. This is a brilliant example of Jimi's fluid improvisational genius. He playing is ratcheted up another notch in the fertile jam-session setting of these astounding recordings, which showcase his creative energy and virtuosity. We are able to hear Hendrix thinking aloud, and he consistently astounds the listener with the force of his ideas. He pairs up on one track with legendary jazz organist Larry Young (who played with Miles Davis on Bitches Brew), creating a jazz-rock masterpiece that outshines in intensity anything recorded by latter day guitar heroes. The electrifying interplay that he and Young achieve leaves one wondering what kind of music Jimi could have made with Miles Davis, had he not died just one week before they were scheduled to record together in a London studio. This session hints strongly at one of the many possible directions Jimi's music was headed prior to his tragic death in September 1970. This long out-of-print masterpiece deserves to be immediately re-released. Write to your local congressman.
--John Ballon (email)

1. Nine to the Universe (8:46)
2. Jimi/Jimmy Jam (7:58)
3. Young/Hendrix Jam (10:22)
4. Easy Blues (4:17)
5. Drone Blues (6:16)

Jimi Hendrix: Guitar
Jim McCartey: Guitar
Larry Lee: Guitar
Larry Young: Organ
Billy Cox: Bass
Dave Holland: Bass
Buddy Miles: Drums
Mitch Mitchell: Drums
Juma Edwards: Percussion
Jimi Hendrix