Re: The lost Jimi/Love session has surfaced
Univibes Interview With Arthur Lee
UV: How did the Olympic recording session [17 March 1970] with
Jimi come about)
AL: Because I knew Jimi Hendrix: ... and we became real good
friends. In England we'd hang around together, going to different
places, riding up and down the countryside in England, having a good
time ... plus we both mysteriously had the same girlfriend [laughs]
... Devon Wilson was my girlfriend first...that was one Dolly Dagger
... Anyway, when I went to London I was surprised to see Jimi, of
I met him over here [Los Angeles] now and again ... he was one of
my best friends. We were a lot alike, we had the same following, the
same crowd and the same trip ... and we became real good friends,
and when I was in London we were at the 'Speakeasy' and I told him
"neither one of us gonna be around very long, so while we are here
we might as well do something together". He fell for that [laughs]!
So we got together. I tried to book something over there, but
Stephen Stills had booked all the studio time [at Island studios]
UV: They were fully booked?
AL: Well fully booked by one person, Stephen Stills ... he
wouldn't even give me a day man, you know, not one fucking day man
[laughs]. So I got that Olympic studio ... and he (Jimi) and Remi
Kabaka (played percussion with Ginger Baker's Air Force group from
early 1970] and these other two Africans [came], they're playing
tabla, I don't know who they were, but I met Remi Kabaka. He's the
drummer on this jam of "The Everlasting First" [unreleased version]
and another song that I never got to put a vocal on ... We never got
a chance to play [again as] he died ... we were gonna start a band
UV: Yeah, the Band-Aid?
AL: Yeah! How did you know that? ... He said he wanted to try and
get Steve Winwood, Remi Kabaka and myself But it never materialised.
And that's why I put Band-Aid on that Vindicator [LP] as a tribute,
an inside tribute to Jimi, you know.
UV: But Jimi played on "Ride That Vibration" as well?
AL: Well if he did ...
UV: That's what you said during a radio interview for the BBC on
4 July 1980!
AL: No! I said that he asked me what were the words (laughs). I
said he asked me what are the words of "Ride That Vibration" [sings
a few lines] and then he had to split...
UV: Did you do any other tracks with him during that day, because
I understood ..
AL: Maybe that's the understanding, you wanna know the truth? I
did "The Everlasting First" with him, I did "Ezy Ryder", I did a
jam, and I did a couple different versions of "The Everlasting
First", and that's about it ... I mean "Ezy Ryder", that never came
UV: Is that Jimi's tune?
AL: That's Jimi's, but he's playing with my band ...
UV: So Jimi is definitely not playing on "Ride That Vibration"?
AL: No, that's Gary Rowles ...
UV: What happened to all those tapes from the Olympic session?
AL: I don't know where they are. Bob Krasnow [head of Blue Thumb
Records in 1970] who is whom I gave them to, I haven't seen him or
the tapes since than, so that's that. But there are a couple
versions of "The Everlasting First". I gave the tapes [to Bob] and
I'd say "hold it for me" and when I went to another company I forgot
to get the tapes ...
Released albums (excluding compilations) between 1966 and 1974:
Love (early 1966); Da Capo (early 1967); Forever Changes (late
1967); Four Sail (08/1969); Out Here (late 1969); False Start
(12/1970); Vindicator (1972); Reel- To-Real (1974).
1. Anne Bjorndal was present during the Olympic sessions (which
lasted well into the next morning) and says, "They felt very related
and they were in a very good mood together. making a lot of jokes."
Jimi told Anne on 2 September 1970 in Arhus, Denmark, that he would
have liked to do more projects with Arthur..
2. Here's what Arthur actually said during that interview, "We
did a long jam, you know, as well as we did "The Everlasting First".
We did about three versions of that. We did "Ezy Ryder". We did
"Ride Thar Vibration". And we did this long jam and we did a couple
of other things." It appears now what Arthur really meant (but in
reality didn't say) during that BBC radio interview was that Jimi
asked him about the lyrics for "Ride That Vibration" ..
3. The release of "Ezy Ryder" (spelled as "Easy Rider" in the 8
June 1970 issue of Crawdaddy magazine) was planned as a Love single
on Blue Thumb [USA] in June 1970.