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The Softer Side of Jimi Hendrix: Love Songs from The World’s Greatest Guitar Player

Posted by on July 25, 2013

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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.

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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 in Stockholm!

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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.

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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.

DJ Michele Myers hosts Friday nights at 9pm on KEXP Seattle. A live DJ for select events, she’s performed at Seattle Space Needle New Year’s EveBumbershoot and Doe Bay FestivalNew Year’s Eve Michele performs as part of the Everett Music Initiative for their NYE at Ballroom party with awesome dance-worthy Seattle band Sisters.

Michele’s produced over 200 radio episodes for KEXP Documentaries. Her book “50 Tips for Artists in the Music Business” has gotten rave reviews from readers. Find Michele’s other writing at The Smithsonian InstituteExperience Music ProjectThe University of Washington and NPR

2 Responses to The Softer Side of Jimi Hendrix: Love Songs from The World’s Greatest Guitar Player

  1. Jeremy Shatan

    I also love the softer side of Hendrix. Posthumously released songs like Drifting and Angel are some of his most beautiful ballads, combining colorful, poetic imagery and brilliantly arranged guitar filigrees. We’ll not his like again – here’s what I wrote to commemorate his 70th birthday: http://anearful.blogspot.com/2012/11/message-to-love-to-jimi-at-70.html

  2. xtheatre.net

    Castles Made of Sand displays the more mature songwriting that Jimi was accomplishing at that time, and features some of his signature backward recorded guitar work in the midst of the studio wizardry that surrounded the making of the album.

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