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Weekly Vinyl – Jimi

17 Jun

Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix Experience
(1968)

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Ha ha ha…
What an album.
What a guitarist.
But he, Jimi, is more than just a guitarist.
There is so much passion here.
It is a bit unfortunate that Jimi Hendrix is mostly just regarded for his guitar prowess. His most rabid fans will know that he is more than a six-string slinger. But in the popular lexicon he is a guitar god.
This double album really shows off the nuances of Hendrix`s musical craft. Yes there are blistering guitar passages. Great riffs abound. But it is more than that. There are subtle moments, like Still Raining, Still Dreaming. There are songs where it seems that he`s noodling. There are solidly constructed hits.
The only thing I dislike about the album is the way the sides are numbered – but I have ranted about this before.
By the way – this is the third double album I have reviewed in a row.

Weekly Vinyl – Hendrix

18 Jul

Band of Gypsys
Jimi Hendrix
(1970)
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This is definitely a trip to hear. Jimi Hendrix live.
But this is not just a live compilation of his hits. This was a recording of more or less a one-off concert that Jimi did with different musicians than from the Jimi Hendrix experience.
It is more bluesy. More soulful. Less hooky and very much more original.
Hendrix’s guitar has always been at the forefront of his music and it really shines here. Since there is less structure to the songs, the guitar is freer – and it really comes across. He makes the guitar sing and snarl. Cry and cringe. Wail and wallop the listener across the ears.
There is subtlety in the music as well. It is not just straight ahead virtuoso thrashing. The music surges in waves making the listener wish they could have been at the Fillmore East in New York on New Years Eve 1969-70.
The recording exists and we are all the better for it.