He was the most innovative and influential guitar player of all time, but what were his most incredible moments of guitar genius? Find out here. His sudden passing led to a decades-long archaeological dig that disinterred every hotel-room recording, every studio take and every lost concert, almost all of which has been packaged up in varying states of undress and paraded in the public domain. Hendrix at his last concert on 9 September in Germany. Hard to believe, but there was once a time when you could doodle your way through a minute cosmic blues jam, look up, and still see an audience.
20. Red House
19. Third Stone From The Sun
Jimi Hendrix introduced himself to the world in December , when he turned Hey Joe , a Los Angeles garage rock standard that had been a hit for the Leaves , into a murder ballad with some wild guitar pyrotechnics. As monumental and monolithic as Purple Haze is, 51st Anniversary on the B-side is more nuanced and sassier. With the traditional rocky verses juxtaposed against staccato choruses, and the subtle harmonic phrases at the end of each line in the first verse contrasting with the discordant conclusions in the second, Hendrix gives us the good side followed by the bad and naturally the downside outweighs all the pluses. On tracks such as the gorgeous Drifting, right at the end of his career, Hendrix exhibits a tenderness regarding relationships that was sorely absent early on. Animals bassist-cum-impresario Chas Chandler knew he had something special in Hendrix when he saw him playing in a New York basement.
8. Little Wing (live)
Jimi Hendrix has been dead for 43 years, but his music continues to sell at an incredible rate. Many fans are stunned that his vault isn't empty after all these years, but Hendrix worked like a maniac during his brief career and left behind a huge trove of songs. Last week, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Hendrix song of all time. Click through to see the results. The first verse is about a formerly loving couple reduced to a screaming, drunken mess. The second is about a brave Indian chief who gets slaughtered in his sleep the night before a battle.
It's a seductive blend of thumping industrial beats and savage, riff-heavy rock'n'roll, but despite the album's modern electronic leanings, it's Vandenberg's guitar that drives the music. That's hardly surprising: she's a Jimi Hendrix nut, and it shows, with the album dotted by fuzzed-up blues riffs adorned by squealing solos. Bones UK is out now. It's definitely Jimi's fault I became obsessed with playing guitar. It's also the first Hendrix song I ever learnt how to play, and has a special place in my heart. I love hearing a bit of Curtis Mayfield influence in there. I do also adore John Mayer's version of it.