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Consistently named the greatest guitar player of all time by pretty much every publication that has ever compiled such a list, Jimi Hendrix combined untouchable virtuosity, an improvisational spirit and poignant soul every time he picked up the instrument. But Hendrix was more than just a badass axeman: He combined undeniable songwriting talent, a great ear for melody and a love of music rooted in tradition but with a definite slant towards experimentation and desire to break new ground in the studio.
Widely considered a classic example of acid-fueled blues, this song showcases Hendrix's developing use of studio wizardry to help accomplish his artistic vision, with stereo panning, echo, fuzzbox distortion and reverb all doing their part to create a distinct sound. Blues was a posthumous release that collected 13 — you guessed it — blues-styled s, although for the most part they're studio outtakes that probably were never intended for release. That said, "Hear My Train a Comin'" is featured twice, the closing being a recording of an electric version he frequently played live.
On the opening , the keeper, Hendrix lets loose on the string acoustic, showing off his skill as an unplugged player with a song that sounds very much like a timeless blues standard but is in fact an Hendrix original. Hendrix's post-Experience trio Band of Gypsys, featuring a new rhythm section of bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles, was captured on just one album. Inspired by the movie Easy Rider, this tune initially appeared on Cry of Love — the first posthumous release of Hendrix studio recordings and a collection of basically what was intended to be his next album.
It seems to point in the direction that Jimi's music was headed at the time: less sprawling and trippy, more straightforward and funky. A rock standard ly played by Hendrix with his former band the Blue Flame, "Hey Joe" was the first single the Jimi Hendrix Experience released and became a Top 10 single in the U. It was also his closing at Woodstock in , and thus the last song performed at the legendary festival. Numerous other bands have also covered "Hey Joe," but Hendrix's version remains the most famous of the bunch. Electric Ladyland's "Voodoo Chile" is 15 minutes of laid-back, down-and-dirty psychedelic blues.
The reprise, "Voodoo Child Slight Return ," is the last track on his final studio album and, with its relentless assault of feedback-laden guitar le, definitely one of Hendrix's ature songs. Released as a single at the end of , it's also the final single to surface from one of the only three proper studio albums Jimi finished before his death.
With its unforgettable harpischord intro, wah-wah guitar effects and studio trickery, "Midnight Lamp" hints at the elaborate production methods Hendrix would later use on his Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland albums. The song was featured on Ladyland but the single preceded both. It's also notable for being his first tune to feature wah-wah guitar effects, which later became a staple of his live performances. This compact ditty is known for its gorgeous guitar solo, which inspired a slew of covers from a wide swath of famous musicians — and an endless stream of wannabe imitators sloppily jamming away at Guitar Center across the country.
Hendrix's take on a song originally penned and recorded by Bob Dylan for 's John Wesley Harding showed up less than a year later and quickly become the de facto version — even for Dylan. Dylan later added: "Ever since he died I've been doing it [his] way. Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way. The opening track on the U. It never charted in America, yet nevertheless became part of our cultural lexicon, inspiring everything from a brand of LSD to an unforgettable scene in the cult classic flick Apocalypse Now.
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