Essential Listening: 14 Addictive Guitar Tones That'll Have You Crying Out for More
Essential Listening: A guide to 14 addictive guitar tones that'll have you wailing out for more.
“Voodoo Chile,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Jimi Hendrix)
If you were to put an example of Jimi Hendrix’s writing, recording and playing into a time capsule you’d probably have to choose Electric Ladyland’s “Voodoo Chile.”
Hendrix’s longest studio recording tells the history of the blues and points to where Hendrix was heading. Billed as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix is in fact supported by Traffic’s Steve Winwood on organ, Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. It’s a loose and sprawling jam, and its live nature showcases Hendrix’s virtuosity in a way that probably no other studio recording of his can match.
But mostly it showcases just how unbelievably perfect Hendrix’s tone was. Guitar lovers can argue about Clapton or Beck or Vaughan or whomever. But here, in 18 cathartic minutes, Hendrix lays claim to the past, the present and the future of the electric guitar. If no one ever tops “Voodoo Chile” — and no one probably ever will — we will still have this wonderful, intimate recording forever.
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