Jimi Hendrix is known as the greatest guitar player of all time.
Famous hits “Purple Haze”, “Voodoo Chile”, “Crosstown Traffic” and “All Along The Watchtower” are hard-hitting, electric and technically brilliant.
The softer side of Jimi is lesser-known, and (in my humble opinion) much deeper.
The third side of the 1968 album Electric Ladyland is emotional & glorious. On it he makes his guitar sound like birds, airplanes and a range of musical instruments.
A double-disc collection. Side “C” is called “Rainy Day” by record collectors. Here it is in its entirety.
The whole 1967 record Axis: Bold as Love is a testament to Jimi Hendrix’s sensitive side. Poetic masterpieces like “Little Wing”, “Bold As Love” and “Castles Made of Sand” showcase Jimi’s talent as a singer and songwriter.
Here’s the Seattle-born guitar genius Jimi Hendrix playing “Little Wing” live at the Royal Albert Hall in London 1969.
Dropped the same year as Axis: Bold As Love, Jimi’s album Are You Experienced brings out the softer side of Jimi’s work with the song “The Wind Cries Mary.” Here’s the man performing it live at Monterey!
Jimi Hendrix was mainly famous for his electric guitar work. On acoustic he was also formidable.
Jimi also seemed shyer when playing unplugged. This version of “Hear My Train A Comin”‘ hits home.
In spring of 2013 Sony released Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels, a collection of unreleased studio recordings from Jimi’s prime. To pick up the new record or for more on the world’s greatest guitar player visit his official site.
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