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The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings Vol.5 - Something on your mind
Ref.: SPV Schallplatten / CD (Germany) SPV 085-44892
Date: 1997
(1) Compilation
[66] flac


01. Travelin' To California
(California Night) Live
(Live) (California Night)
02. Hush Now
studio, 7/67
studio, 7/67
03. I Feel Good (I Got You)
04. Bleeding Heart
(aka Left alone) Live
(Live) (aka Left alone)
05. Knock Yourself Out
Allegro Sound Studios, New York City, June 1966
Allegro Sound Studios, New York City, June 1966
06. There Is Something on Your Mind
There Is Something on Your Mind Live
(Live) There Is Something on Your Mind
07. Killing Floor
(aka I should've quit you) Live
(Live) (aka I should've quit you)
08. Come On (Part 1)
(Hard Night) Live
(Live) (Hard Night)
09. I'm A Man
10. Odd Ball
Odd Ball
studio, 7/67
Odd Ball
studio, 7/67


Source: eMule
Original archive name: Jimi Hendrix-The Complete PPX Studio Recordings.rar

Recorded: 1965, 1967 A367,67 27 Released: 8/97

California Night (5) 5:04 There Is Something on Your Mind (2) 5:28
++ Hush Now (9) 2:49 Killing Floor (21) 3:31
I Feel Good (I Got You) (1) 2:59 Come On (Pt. 1) (17) 4:14
Bleeding Heart (7) 2:21 I'm a Man (3) 4:53
+ Knock Yourself Out (3) 5:58 ++ Odd Ball (3) 4:46

Released by: SPV Schallplatten / CD (Germany) SPV 085-44892

Also released as: part of THE COMPLETE PPX RECORDINGS, a 6-disc box set (CD (Japan) CRCL-4729-34 (2000))

Recorded live in NY or NJ, late 1965 - early 1966, except:
+ studio, late 1965
++ studio, 7/67
Original folder names:
Jimi Hendrix-The Complete PPX Studio Recordings
PPX Scans
The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings Vol.1 - Get That Feeling
The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings Vol.2 - Flashing
The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings Vol.3 - Ballad Of Jimi
The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings Vol.4-Live At George's Club
The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings Vol.5-Something on your mind
The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings Vol.6 - On The Killing Floor

Live recordings

The live recordings of Curtis Knight & the Squires (aka the Lovelights) are quite confusing, beginning with the
question if they really are live recordings at all. Two tracks, "Last night" and "Killing floor" are available in
versions with crowd noise, and versions without, which would seem to suggest that they actually were originally
studio takes which were later disguised as live recordings by adding a crowd noise overdub. This leads to the
question if the same trick was also performed on other songs.

The presence of introductions to songs that would suggest a live recording has been explained by these tapes
actually being rehearsals for the flow and structure of the Squires live set done in a studio and recorded for
reviewing purposes. The fact that several songs exist in 2 different versions with different instrumentation would
suggest that there were one or more actual live recordings, and a rehearsal tape later worked into sounding like a
live recording. Bass and drum overdubs were also added to several of the songs, with versions both with and with
the overdubs appearing on various releases.

These live / rehearsal recordings were done between late 1965 - January 1966. The George's Club, Hackensack, New
Jersey, 26 December 1965 date often given for these tracks is not correct. The location was taken from a song
introduction, but it happens to belong to one of the tracks that was definately recorded in the studio. The date
might be correct for some of these songs.

Bleeding Heart
composer: Elmore James
vocals: Jimi Hendrix
tambourine: Curtis Knight?
lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
rhythm guitar: unknown
bass: unknown
drums: unknown

JH: "Two, Three..."
no outro

Also known as "(My) Bleeding Heart". First released on the Elmore James 45 "It Hurts Me Too / (My) Bleeding Heart"
(Enjoy 2015) in 1964. Withdrawn shortly after release and issued again as "Bleeding Heart / Mean Mistreatin' Mama"
(Enjoy 2020) in 196?.

Come On (Part 1)
composer: Earl King
vocals: Jimi Hendrix & unknown
tambourine: Ace Hall
lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
rhythm guitar: Curtis Knight?
bass: Harry Jensen
drums: George (surname?)

JH?: "Baby let's do this... Baby let's do this [mumble] . Two, one."
no outro

Original version by Earl King was released on the 45 "Come On (Part 1) / Come On (Part 2)" (Imperial 5713) in

I Got You (I Feel Good)
composer: James Brown
vocals: Lonnie Youngblood
lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
rhythm guitar: unknown
bass: unknown
drums: unknown
sax: Lonnie Youngblood

The James Brown & Famous Flames 45 "I Got You (I Feel Good) / I Can't Help It (I Just Do-Do-Do)" (King 6015) makes
it's first entry on the Cash Box Top 100 singles chart week ending ending November 6, 1965.

I'm A Man
composer: Ellas McDaniel aka Bo Diddley
vocals: Jimi Hendrix
lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
rhythm guitar: unknown
bass: unknown
drums: unknown

JH: "Ok then, ya'll, here we go"
no outro

B-side of Bo Diddley's first single, "Bo Diddley / I'm A Man" (Checker 814) released in 1955 and re-issued as
Checker 997 in 1961.

Killing Floor
vocals: Jimi Hendrix
lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
rhythm guitar: unknown
bass: unknown
drums: unknown
sax: Lonnie Youngblood

There Is Something On Your Mind
composer: ("Big Jay" Cecil James McNeely)
vocals: Curtis Knight
lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
rhythm guitar: unknown
bass: unknown
drums: unknown
sax: Lonnie Youngblood

Original version released by Big Jay McNeely as a single "There is something on your mind / Back" (Swingin' 614)
in 1959. McNeely was a pioneering sax player in the 50s music scene, so the inclusion if this song into the
Squires live set might well have been partly Lonnie Youngblood's initiative, in addition to the fact that it had
been a big hit. King Curtis also performed the song, a live recording from 1966 appears on the lp "Live at Small's
Paradise", recorded the same year that Hendrix was a member of Curtis's backing band the Kingpins, so Jimi might
well have played this song also with King Curtis.

Travelin' To California (aka California Night)
composer: Albert King
vocals: Jimi Hendrix
lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
rhythm guitar: unknown
bass: unknown
drums: unknown

Hendrix's adaptation of an Albert King track. Originally (?) released on the 45 “Traveling To California / Dyna Flow” (King 5588).


RSVP Sessions
The last Squires tracks recorded before Jimi left for England, this time produced and recorded by Jerry Simon for RSVP. There seems to have been at least 3 separate sessions based on the instrumentation & style of the various tracks and the publishing contracts that have surfaced so far.


Session 2

Three (or possibly four) instrumentals, although the band is called "Curtis Knight & the Squires" Curtis himself is nowhere to be heard. Hendrix is here pretty much in the leading role taking composing credits for the songs that are all basically guitar instrumentals showcasing his playing. Stylistically all 3 available tracks are almost exactly alike, and publishing contracts for three tracks from these sessions were signed on the 21st of June, all of which points to them having been recorded sometime in June 1966.


Knock Yourself Out
Composers: Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Simon
Producer: Jerry Simon
Recorded at: Allegro Sound Studios, New York City
Engineer: Bruce Staple
Date: June 1966
Drums - Marion Booker
Guitar - Jimi Hendrix
Bass - Napoleon Anderson
Organ - Nathaniel Edmonds Sr. (aka Nate Edmonds)

This instrumental was released in an edited form as the B-side of the RSVP 1124 single. Hendrix signed a
publishing contract with RSVP for the tracks "Station Break" and "Flying On Instruments" on the 21st of June 1966
. The contract credits the composers for both tracks as Jimmy Hendrix and Jerry Simon. The eBay RSVP reel auction
in February 2005 listed "Station Break" as an unreleased song, meaning that "Flying On Instruments" is probably an
alternate (working) title for "Knock Yourself Out".


Get That Feeling/How Would You Feel/Hush Now/No Business/Simon Says/Gotta Have A New Dress/Strange Things/Welcome Home/Love, Love/Day Tripper/Gloomy Monday/Fool For You Baby/Don't Accuse Me/Hornet's Nest/Flashing/Oddball/Happy Birthday/UFO/You Don't Want Me (instrumental)/Better Times Ahead/Future Trip/Wah Wah (instrumental)/Everybody Knew But Me/Mercy Lady Day (instrumental)/If You Gonna Make A Fool Of Somebody/My Best Friend (instrumental)/Ballad Of Jimi/Second Time Around (instrumental)/Drivin' South (instrumental)/Ain't That Peculiar/I'll Be Doggone/I've Got A Sweet Little Angel/Bright Light, Big City/Get Out Of My Life Woman/Last Night (instrumental)/Sugar Pue Honey Bunch/What'd I Say/Shotgun/California Night (live)/Level (studio instrumental)/Feel Good (live)/Left Alone (live)/Knock Yourself Out (studio instrumental)/Something On Your Mind (live)/I Should've Quit You (live)/Hard Night (live instrumental)/I'm A Man (live)/Instrumental (studio)/On The Killing Floor (live)/Money (live)/Nobody Loves Me (live)/Love (studio instrumental)/You Got Me Running (live)/Mr. Pitiful (live)/Torture Me Honey (studio instrumental)/Sleepy Fate (studio instrumental)/Satisfaction (live)
Just about every Pre-Experience w/Curtis Knight track available. CD; 6-CD Set. +
The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings
Nippon Crown CRCL 4729 34
Released: 1999
Running Time: 31:20
This page is a Web-page version of a message sent by Ken Voss to the Hey Joe mailing list, Volume 19991119. It was originally published in Voodoo Child #43 Summer, 1997. It's put here with Ken Voss's permission.

In 1997, SPV Records in Germany released six volumes titled The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings. Now, here in 1999, Nippon Crown of Japan is offering that same set a 6CD box set as Jimi Hendrix: The Complete PPX Recordings (CRCL-4729-34).

During two studio sessions in 1965 and 1967, plus a live set at George's Club in Hackensack, New Jersey, Jimi Hendrix recorded tracks with Curtis Knight. Under contract to, and under the direction of producer Ed Chalpin, these studio sessions at PPX Studios in New York became infamous. Not only for being one of the earliest known studio sessions featuring Hendrix as a lead performer, but for the legal embattlement the sessions created.

The tapes have been released on various album combinations over three dozen times, as Chalpin continuously licenses them to record companies throughout the world. "As long as there are record companies who want to distribute this material in their market, I will license it to them accordingly," Chalpin once indicated, noting that each of those companies is only supposed to distribute the product in the country they are licensed.

But, according to CBH, the Knight material has never before been officially licensed on compact disc. That is, until now. Of course, we can document numerous pseudo-legitimate releases with some of the Hendrix- Knight material included, but certainly, this is the most comprehensive compilation of such material to date.

Chalpin has licensed the tapes to CBH Records in Germany. Engineers Kalle Trapp and Rainer Hansel went in and recut, re-edited and remastered the material into a six volume set. Some songs have been remixed, some mixed down to only include Jimi's guitar and vocals. Others have been completely re-edited, cut and spliced in such a way that choruses are repeated, verses are re-arranged, and guitar parts are extended. "Butchered," say some; "creative" argue others. Either way, we do get some new material. We get plenty of old material that's been cleaned up and made more presentable and listenable. And, we get the doctored tracks, which will always get challenged in the Hendrix circles.

Hopes ran high when news came of the official German release of The Authentic PPX Studio Recordings that maybe this time we'd have these Hendrix-Knight sessions presented in a sympathetic context with perhaps some detailed liner notes and new information to shed light on these sessions. Dream on!

Let's start with the liner notes, claiming these recordings are available for the first time on CD. Well, what about Historic Hendrix and Prologue, amongst others, which have been around for ages. The liner notes by Gitti Gulden may as well have been written by Chalpin himself as yet again we have a very rose-tinted version of events where he appears to be the innocent part who has been badly done to over the years.

The most interested part is the line-up details which lists: "Drums: Johnny Star. All other instruments played by Jimi Hendrix. Lead Vocals: Curtis Knight. Additional Vocals: Jimi Hendrix." Johnny Star's name has only appeared in historical references previously as a suggested engineer. Noted session drummer Bernard Purdie has made claim he was involved with some of these sessions. And, as far as Jimi playing all instruments on all the tracks, there's enough historical evidence to discount this statement as total rubbish. Even the photos included in some of the booklets show additional musicians in the studio.

In the original SPV releases, each disc comes with an eight page booklet. Graphic continuity brings this six volume set into a unified perspective. The six covers feature different photos from the Gered Mankowitz photo archives. Each inside cover features two different rare (some never before published) photos of Hendrix during the Curtis Knight period and sessions. On the Nippon Crown box set, the SPV covers are re-used on the individual discs. Each disc comes in a cardboard slipsleeve. A 16-page booklet, encapsulating the same pictures and text that appeared in the SPV releases, is included. The six discs are then encased in a thin cardboard "box", another Mankowitz shot used on the metallic-ink four-color cover.

Most of the material has been previously released on numerous titles, the German Astan and Babylon labels providing in vinyl versions the prominent portion of the material presented here.
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