This special compilation album presents Jimi Hendrix's 1965-1967 sessions with Curtis Knight & The Squires prior to his international fame as the leader of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. While Hendrix's intermittent tenure as a guitarist for Curtis Knight & the Squires was relatively brief, more than 100 albums have been crafted from approximately 40 studio recordings and customer-grade stage recordings by the group. Most recordings featured low-fidelity variations, remixes, edited versions, and instrumentals of the same material - often with song titles changed. These albums were poorly annotated, and all too often featured cover art that depicted the guitarist at the peak of his fame (and not as 'Jimmy Hendrix,' a sideman to Curtis Knight).
Jimi Hendrix was hamstrung throughout his career by litigation over these recordings in the US and UK, with disputes continuing until his family ultimately prevailed. You Can't Use My Name stands as their first attempt to present this music in its original context. Newly mixed and prepared for release by Eddie Kramer, You Can't Use My Name includes the previously unreleased 1966 recording "Station Break", the full length versions of "Knock Yourself Out [Flying on Instruments]", "No Such Animal", and the 1967 recording of "Gloomy Monday" that includes dialogue between Hendrix and producer Ed Chalpin (featuring the guitarist's request that the producer not use his name on this session because of ongoing litigation).