The 10 Best Covers of Jimi Hendrix Songs
We pick the 10 best covers of Jimi Hendrix songs, featuring SRV, Jeff Beck and The Cure.
When someone is widely hailed as the greatest guitar player ever, how do you step up and cover one of his songs?
Have you ever noticed that the ratio of Metallica tribute albums to Hendrix tribute albums is something like 20 to 1? When's the last time you heard someone say, "Yeah, he played it better than Hendrix," without a clearly present sarcastic tone?
With the handful of Hendrix covers that have been done -- or attempted, we should say in most cases -- artists seem to take one of two routes: the highly-ill-advised-if-your-initials-aren't-SRV route of taking on the song head-on and trying to one-up the master, or simply deconstructing the song to an almost unrecognizable form.
Whatever the case, a good Hendrix cover is a rarity, and that's why we've taken it upon ourselves to compile for you the 10 best covers of Jimi Hendrix songs. Of course, if you still have to have the original, you can always pick up the recent Hendrix issue of Guitar World, which features our guide to the 100 greatest Hendrix performances of all time.
10. Living Colour - "Crosstown Traffic"
Recorded for the 1993 tribute album, Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix -- virtually the only notable Hendrix tribute album -- this take on "Crosstown Traffic" by Living Colour -- or as they're known in the States, Living Color -- stays more or less faithful to the original.
Certainly among lead players in 1993, Vernon Reid was among the most qualified of a batch of young, up-and-coming guitarists to put his spin on this Electric Ladyland cut.
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