The 10 Best Covers of Jimi Hendrix Songs

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McMAHONArtistry

They Forgot Clapton's Stone Free, thats a great version. Nile Rogers arranged it.

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andrewarriola

this is about it!

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dawgfanjeff

SRV's Little Wing makes Jimi's sound like a demo. He turns a beautiful song into an spectacular instrumental showcasing just about everything SRV could do with a guitar, and coaxed one of the best tones he ever put on tape.

Just my opinion, I'm sure yours differs:)

jpjjd

Two covers from Brian May:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us610fNgPDI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWHio4Gwt9k

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zedthewizard

ANOTHER bullsh*t list . . . ROY BUCHANAN: HEY JOE you guys must be tools.

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dadrab

I realize this is a "rerun" article, but thelardmaster had it right.

You guys ignore Frank Marino completely and it's a mystery to many as to why...and, it ain't right.

Guitar World props up quite a number of fairly sorry guitarists and discounts some of the ones who are really good and who seriously influenced many players.

Get past the publicists and pay attention to who knows how to play.

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guitarslinger1

seriously this version sucks!the vocals are f#*^ked they were only good for cult of personality and improv instrumentals.

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husafreak

Check out Richard Lloyd's Hendrix tribute CD "The Radiant Monkey". I don't know if it's in bad taste or why it isn't at least mentioned here but it is pretty awesome! Plus Mr Lloyd was a GW contributor for years so he should get some love. It is cool to listen to because there is no hype, just a talented musician's 100% effort to channel the spirit of Hendrix. And add my vote for Frank Marino, after I went thru the list and saw he was missing I kinda lost respect for the people who put it up...

jefffos

Almost any version of Little Wing is worth listening to, but the Derek and the Dominos' versions are a cut above the rest, especially the live version. Having said that, Stevie Ray Vaughan's take on Little Wing is perhaps THE most amazing, beautiful, awe-inspiring piece of guitar playing I've ever heard in my life and the reason I wanted to play guitar in the first place. Everybody always talks about Voodoo Chile and with good reason, it's a great cover. Little Wing though. that's what I played for my daughters when I told them about Stevie and why I was such a fan of his playing.
Aside from that, Gary Moore did some smoking covers on Blues for Jimi and as mentioned by someone else above, Moore's version of Red House for the Strat Pack concert was KILLER!!! Why that guy doesn't get mentioned more I'll never know. Vastly underrated player. It's too bad that three of the four players I've mentioned are deceased, four if you want to count Duane Allman as part of Derek and the Dominos. RIP Jimi, Gary, Stevie, and Duane. Thank God we still have Eric...

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johnnycnote

There was a band in San Francisco called Last Rites that did a version of "I Don't Live Today" in Russian! It was the closest I'd heard to Hendrix himself. They played it like the cut on "The Hendrix Concerts" CD. Their guitar guy, who also sang it in Russian, really had the sound down. The main differences were mostly that he tended to play more notes than Hendrix did.

I really miss them . . .

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thelardmaster

How can you say the best hendrix covers and leave out frank marino and mahogany ruch purple haze from the live 1978 recording or any of the stuff he did . If anything Stevie ray is the second generation of him this is a total disappointment to put the cult and pretenders over frank marino shame on you guys

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RattandRoll

Yngwie cover of Spanish Castle Magic is fantastic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQWyNr0pKvk

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classicrockguy

Gary Moore's version of Voodoo Child on his "Blues For Jimi" cd is the best version I've ever heard of that song. Thats sayin sumtin....
Also his version of Red House on the Strat Pack dvd. No one has ever played it better, including Hendrix.
Knowing Hendrix the way he was such a huge fan of great guitar players, I have no doubt the he would have loved Gary Moore. For me, Gary Moore was simply the best.

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TeleJohn

As a fan of Derek and the Dominoes, I think you substitute Steve Vai's "Little Wing"--I''m pretty sure even Clapton would agree.

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blayneb

I have to add my YES!!! to the pleas for Frank Marino. An AMAZING player in his own right not to mention his great Hendrix covers. If you've never heard him check out some You Tube clips or CDs. The man can shred AND play with amazing emotion. I was SO fortunate to see him live a few years ago, a top ten high point of my life!

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dadrab

I must give a tip of my hat to the comments from "MahoganyRush" below. Though they were written quite some time ago, they echo truth.

Frank Marino and Uli Jon Roth have been faithful students of the Hendrix legacy, while not trying to be clones, for decades, yet they're left out of your polling.

Can't really say I'm surprised, though. More of the same from alleged experts.

Devo??? Really?

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xler8rdoug

Hard to believe you don't know Gary Moore. His cover of Red House at the StratPack concert is the best I've ever seen. He blew away Clapton and Gilmour at that concert ! Also his "Tribute to Jimi" concert is incredible. I personally think that Gary Moore is the only guitar player I've seen who played the guitar as if it was just a connection between his mind and the amplifiers. Only Hendrix had that ability. All the rest are stabbers. Hendrix is
by far the greatest guitar player who ever lived or who will ever live. We were fortunate to have had him for three years. Just think where he would be today had he not died ! Unfortunately he died due to a stupid ambulance attendant who sat him up in the ambulance and he threw up and drown in his own vomit. You never sit an unconscious person up ! Robbed the world of probable salvation.

myklj999

WHAT??? I fully expected to see M.A.C.C. and Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun) listed here...

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shadow1029

Uli Jon Roth? Voodoo Child? His vocals weren't great but guitar playing?

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loadstard

Check out hed pe's cover of crosstown traffic. Sick cover http://youtu.be/04lMoEZD4RA. Also srv covers come on (part iii) and manic depression http://youtu.be/KbtmJqIwrZg. Which are impressive. Phish does a sick cover of Isabella http://youtu.be/HzPh7hhN-2M

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rioburn

Well actually monkeymind's cover of Red House is crazy good!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TokVe4FOTkg

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FooFighter11

Stevie ray Vaughan- little wing

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mklotz

Paul Rose "All along the watchtower"-great cover.
check it out

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daveotr

"All Along the Watchtower" is a Bob Dylan song. Hendrix's version is one of those instances of a great cover eclipsing the original.

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virginiapicker

Paul Gilbert's Tribute to Hendrix, Frankfurt 1991. Covers of Red House, Purple Haze, Midnight, Highway Chile, Hey Joe. Total awesomeness. There used to be videos of the actual performances on YouTube, but they were deleted for some reason, so now only the audio is available. Here's Red House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul5tCrE-9RA

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doubleg23

Eric Clapton's cover of "Voodoo Chile" with Steve Winwood both captures the spirit of Jimi while being absolutely pure Clapton. How could you possibly have missed this one? Plus it is played live with no overdubs or fix-ups.

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devilsshadow666

What about Ozzy's cover of Purple Haze? Zakk Wylde rips the shit out of that track in his own way.

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daveotr

One of my favorites that didn't make the list is Sting's cover of "Little Wing" on "Nothing Like the Sun". The arrangement was by jazz giant Gil Evans and it featured a great guitar solo from the late Hiram Bullock

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stlrockn

I had always hope that a major Country Music star would record a
Hendrix tune but was terribly disapointed at Emmylou Harris'
lame attempt. This is one of the worst Hendrix covers ever. It
shouldn't even be on this list. Can't say much more then that.
They changed lyrics and the guitar playing is not good.

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pianoman220

My favorites that didn't make the list are King's X - "Manic Depression", and Body Count - "Hey Joe".

myklj999

^5 Hey Joe

robertjohnson011

The Jimi Hendrix Experience began to record their cover version of Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" on January 21, 1968, at Olympic Studios in London.[19] According to engineer Andy Johns, Jimi Hendrix had been given a tape of Dylan’s recording by publicist Michael Goldstein, who worked for Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman. "(Hendrix) came in with these Dylan tapes and we all heard them for the first time in the studio”, recalled Johns.[20] According to Hendrix’s regular engineer Eddie Kramer, the guitarist cut a large number of takes on the first day, shouting chord changes at Dave Mason who had appeared at the session and played guitar. Halfway through the session, bass player Noel Redding became dissatisfied with the proceedings and left. Mason then took over on bass. According to Kramer, the final bass part was played by Hendrix himself.[20] Kramer and Chas Chandler mixed the first version of "All Along The Watchtower" on January 26, but Hendrix was quickly dissatisfied with the result and went on re-recording and overdubbing guitar parts during June, July, and August at the Record Plant studio in New York.[21] Engineer Tony Bongiovi has described Hendrix becoming increasingly dissatisfied as the song progressed, overdubbing more and more guitar parts, moving the master tape from a four-track to a twelve-track to a sixteen-track machine. Bongiovi recalled, "Recording these new ideas meant he would have to erase something. In the weeks prior to the mixing, we had already recorded a number of overdubs, wiping track after track. [Hendrix] kept saying, ‘I think I hear it a little bit differently.’”[22] The finished version was released on the album Electric Ladyland in September 1968. The single reached number five in the British charts,[23] and number 20 on the Billboard chart, Hendrix's only top 20 / top 40 entry there.[24] The song also had the #5 spot on Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.[25]

robertjohnson011

nobody can cover anyone to the point of perfection, and nobody should want to. we all want to emulate are heros' but we can't duplacate a sound that comes from the very densidy of our bones, and the depths of our souls.

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machwi

Joan Osborne does a great version of Axis:Bold As Love

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epicdiyom

Not a bad bunch of covers, but you're overlooking a few real gems:

Frank Zappa/Adrian Belew medley tribute to Hendrix:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjI7017yyIo

Marc Ribot, "The Wind Cries Mary":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ie54gex3-k

Tuck & Patti, "Castles Made of Sand/Little Wing":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M56QwDjE6PQ

Bootsy Collins/Axiom Funk, "If 6 Was 9":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXXgR3Eflx8

Buckethead, "Stone Free":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1AYnRihySE

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adaptiv

Props for the Devo mention, boo-hiss to no mention of NOMEANSNO's amazing version of Manic Depression http://youtu.be/xyvOaZKlqKA

Al Whitney

Two relatively unknowns I would like say are definitely worth honorable mention: Chris Caddell of Toronto(Check him on You Tube doing Jimi) and also on You Tube check out "If 6 Was 9 by JimiColors" a basement band from Switzerland

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MahoganyRush

Nice try "Guitar" World. Frank Marino's entire career has been tainted with the duly unwarranted "Hendrix Clone" label by the media and yet he is not included in these type of lists. When the Hendrix estate needed to fix up some unfinished tapes, guess who they called? Yep, Frank Marino! His understanding of Hendrix goes way beyond the playing as he taps into the vast universe of emotion and soul that goes way beyond just playing the notes. Most people who cover Jimi, play what Jimi was supposed to be playing, but not what he actually played. This is what sets Frank apart from almost everyone. This is not to say that Jimi was sloppy, but his approach was not conventional and therefore the end result wasn't either. Listen to Franks live playing of Purple Haze from Cal Jam 2 (1978) as he doesn't do a cloned version, but not a conventional one either. Look on youtube for the Frank Marino Hendrix cover's (live) and you will be amazed. Axis Bold as Love played live ain't easy and he nails it. Frank also sings all of the songs too, which makes them even more special. Dylans All Along the Watchtower by Frank Marino is really a cover of Jimi's version which rivals Jimi's version. If this post gets just one person to discover Frank Marino, I will considerate a success and they will thank me forever!

Al Whitney

I am Canadian and we definitely know Frank Marino and I agree with you 100% on your assessment

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theamazingluka

You are absolutely right; its criminal that there is not one Frank Marino version on this list. I love SRV, but his versions don't warrant two spaces on this list. Everything you say is true- Marino really had tapped into Hendrix's feel for MUSIC, not just GUITAR.

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xchekker94

Eric Johnson's version of "Are You Experienced", best experienced on the "Live From Austin TX" CD or DVD is amazing. This cover of the Hendrix classic is best served loud and the DVD version will have your mouth hanging open as you watch EJ perform the backwards guitar parts live and move just so to get the bits of feedback he needs.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd covers "I Don't Live Today" on the "Trouble Is..." CD. Listen to this in headphones and crank it up to 11. The outro is heavily overdubbed with screaming feedback, whammy bar dive bombs and psychodelic blues riffage that fades in and out while panning from side to side. It is just flipping brilliant.

And both of these covers deserve to supplant a couple of the picks that the GP staff made in this list.

zwiggin

John Mayer, "Bold as Love." Would much rather see someone take a little more ownership than copying someone else's version of a Hendrix song (KWS pretty much mimeographed SRV's version – which was great!). Would also mention that Jimi was a vocalist, too. So taking ownership of vocals, as well as guitar, are essential. Mayer does both.

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keithsanders88

I agree 100%. this is the one cover that i was surprised wasn't one the list.

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gibsonkid1993

im really surprised that Kenny Wayne Shepherd's version of Voodoo Child isn't on here... I would argue that it's just as good (if not even a little better) than SRV's version. I've heard KWS play Voodoo Child live twice - once at the Experience Hendrix 2010 tour, and this past summer on his tour for How I Go - and I can honestly say I've never heard or seen any performance quite like it... He had the whole audience riveted for the entire 13 minute finale.

Shame on you GW... you guys always seem to do this. I dont understand how you can put ANY song by the Cure (esp. one where they crucify a Hendrix song by turning it into a synthy piece of garbage) in one of these lists, but NOT include KWS's version of Voodoo Child, which is pretty much considered a masterpiece and is in fact one of the songs that makes KWS so well known....

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zedthewizard

hey joe by roy buchanan isn't on the list so, the list sucks.

Alex Rude

King's X cover of Manic Depression is outstanding and should certainly have been included in this list. http://youtu.be/EOUhpMjxJDk

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GUITARZILLA

I THOUGHT For Sure Someone would have mentioned BEAR MACREADY'S Version of "ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER" From the latest "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" Series where the Crew of the Galactica started to hear the notes from the song playing in their heads,and started to realize that they were in fact CYLONS and NOT Humans,...? Any other B.G. Geeks out there? I thought when the song finally came together in the sequence that they all came to know that they were in fact Cylons was a GREAT,Haunting Version of JIMI'S SONG.

robertjohnson011

Let us not forget that jimi did cover's of other artist's work...

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oldrhoadsfan

Personally I woulda put SRV's version of "Little Wing" at #1. Steve Vai doing his version is pretty damn good too.

GatorStudio

Stevie was a god! The closest I've ever seen to this performance was Kenny Wayne at last year's Experience Hendrix concert in SF. He blew the doors off that place!

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