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Jimi Hendrix Blooper Reel: Laughter and Clowning from 'Third Stone from the Sun' Sessions

Surely even you casual fans of classic guitar rock have heard the garbled, slowed-down talking in the hidden corners of Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun," a super-psychedelic track from his 1967 debut album.

It's most noticeable in the song's quieter passages, especially near the beginning of the tune (which was so wonderfully covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan in the Eighties).

As it turns out, when this garbled talking is heard at normal speed, we can clearly hear Hendrix having a bizarre (and very funny) back-and-forth convo with his manager/producer Chas Chandler, who also was the Animals' bassist (Note: Back in the day, Chandler bore a resemblance to Beatles-era Paul McCartney—at least around the eyes).

Anyway, the outtakes of those vocal sessions—heard at proper speed—were released on the 2000 Jimi Hendrix Experience box set. As we stated above, it's some pretty funny stuff, full of laughter, clowning around, heavy-breathing and windy sound effects.

You can hear it all in the top YouTube player below. The bottom player features the original LP version (33 rpm) of the song, sped up to 45 rpm. Enjoy!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.