The argument between Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix in the studio
The founding members of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix, unfortunately succumbed to the same traps, which cruelly shortened their lives. The two guitarists were related spirits in a way and even made their way to the studio together, but Hendrix was the only one pulling his weight, and Jones got on the bad side of him that day.
It didn’t take long for the American to quickly become the talk of London Town after landing on British shores in the mid-sixties, blowing away all souls lucky enough to witness his guitar greatness. Hendrix confirmed himself as a true hero during a short stint on the club circuits before moving onto the world stage. Soon everyone wanted a piece of Hendrix and were in line to work with it.
Brian Jones had already made himself a crown jewel of the London scene by the time Hendrix arrived. Still, it didn’t take long for him to fall in love with the mysterious Seattle native with superhuman powers with a guitar in his hand. Although surprisingly, it was not in London where their paths would cross in the studio but in New York. However, Jones was less of a helping hand for Hendrix and, instead, became a disruptive inconvenience.
Hendrix was already a perfectionist and any interference could make the session much more difficult. Recording “All Along the Watchtower” was tough, to say the least. It took eight months of intermittent sessions to be successful, which gives a glimpse of how much Hendrix wanted to make sure he was right.
Eddie Kramer, another of Hendrix’s engineers, later recalled how the guitarist couldn’t sit still after being agitated by music throughout the recording session. He was constantly changing chord patterns and arrangements, constantly trying to perfect the sound, Kramer later recalled. Hendrix reportedly even played the last few bass parts after Noel Redding left the studio during the recording process.
“Brian Jones stumbled upon Electric Lady Studios,” Kramer said later. Squire. “Out of his mind, and started playing the piano on ‘All Along the Watchtower.’ Jimi looked at me. The look was, “Can we make it stop?” Jimi was so polite, he never meant to hurt anyone. But he was in the middle of a session and Brian was not doing well.
“So I said, ‘Brian, come into the control room and listen to what we’ve been doing,’” Kramer continued. “He staggered into the control room and fell right in front of the console. Then he fell asleep. And we finished the trail.
They tried to implement Jones into the track before sending him to the control room, but his attempts on the piano left a lot to be desired. “Suddenly you hear this horrible, horrible piano playing,” Kramer told Rolling stone about the session. “This Clang clang, everything out of time, bad chords and everything. It’s Brian Jones, he had fallen in the studio, drunk with his brain. He was another mate, and Jimi loved his friends, you know.
It wasn’t all gloomy and gloomy, however, as Jones managed to move his work forward on the final track. Hendrix revealed, “He’s the one who plays the thump you hear at the end of each bar of the intro, on an instrument called a vibraslap.”
In truth, it is heartbreaking that Jones has become a shadow of himself with drink and drugs pounding him to pulp. This sort of behavior was not an anomaly, and the guitarist’s unreliability in the studio would be the reason the Rolling Stones would kick him out of the band a year later. His addiction then worsened, and Jones tragically left the world shortly thereafter.