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James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. Despite a limited mainstream exposure of four years, he is widely considered to have been the greatest electric guitarist in the history of popular music, and one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Influenced musically by American rock and roll and electric blues, following initial success in Europe with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience, he achieved fame in the US after his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969, and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, before dying from drug-related asphyxia at the age of 27. Instrumental in developing the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback, Hendrix favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume, gain and treble. He helped to popularize the use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, which he often used to deliver tonal exaggerations in his solos. He also pioneered experimentation with stereophonic phasing effects in rock music recordings.
The Immaculates – MANIC DEPRESSION - "Manic Depression" is a song written and recorded by Jimi Hendrix and first released in 1967 on the Are You Experienced album. The song's name is an old name for bipolar disorder, a mental health disorder. There is no evidence that Hendrix ever suffered from (or did not suffer from) bipolar disorder himself, but when he was doing a press conference in London his manager at the time, Chas Chandler, told him that he sounded like a manic depressive. So the next day Hendrix wrote this tune. One interesting aspect to the song is that it is in 3/4 time signature. At Winterland in 1968, Jimi explains to the crowd: "I'd like to do a frustrating type of song for you, it's called Manic Depression, a story about a cat wishing he could make love to music, instead of the same old everyday woman." From their 4 song demo, 1999.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band – PURPLE HAZE -- Purple Haze" is a song written and recorded by Jimi Hendrix in 1967, released as the second single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It later appeared on the American version of the band's 1967 album Are You Experienced. "Purple Haze" has become one of the "archetypical psychedelic drug songs of the sixties". "Purple Haze's" guitar virtuosic techniques would be emulated by many metal guitarists. "I dream a lot and I put a lot of my dreams down as songs," Hendrix said in a 1969 interview with the New Musical Express, "I wrote one called 'First Around the Corner' and another called 'The Purple Haze', which was all about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea." The term "purple haze" has been used to refer to LSD, due to the form sold by Sandoz, called Delysid, which came in purple capsules. Taken from “Power of Soul: A tribute to Jimi Hendrix”, 2004.
Jimi Hendrix Experience – FIRE - "Fire" is a song written and originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix and released on the 1967 Are You Experienced album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Despite its sexual overtones, the song had an innocuous origin, stemming from a cold New Year's Eve in Folkestone, England after a gig. Noel Redding, bass player for The Jimi Hendrix Experience invited Jimi and Cathy as guests at his mother's house. Jimi asked her if he could stand next to her fireplace to warm himself. She agreed, but her Great Dane was in the way, hence the line, "Aw, move over, Rover, and let Jimi take over..." ("Electric Gypsy"). Taken from the CD “The Essential Jimi Hendrix Volumes 1 & 2”, 1989.
Jimi Hendrix Experience – LITTLE WING -- "Little Wing" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix. It was first recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience on their 1967 album Axis: Bold as Love. Hendrix spoke to a Swedish journalist about the song in January 1968, saying "Well, that was one song on there we did a lot of sound on, you know. We put the guitar through the Leslie speaker of an organ, and it sounds like jelly bread, you know….It’s based on a very, very simple American Indian style, you know, very simple….That’s one of the very few ones I like.” Taken from the CD “The Essential Jimi Hendrix Volumes 1 & 2”, 1989.
Jimi Hendrix Experience – ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER -- "All Along the Watchtower" is a song written and recorded by Bob Dylan. The song initially appeared on his 1967 album John Wesley Harding, and it has been included on most of Dylan's subsequent greatest hits compilations. Covered by numerous artists in various genres, "All Along the Watchtower" is strongly identified with the interpretation Jimi Hendrix recorded for Electric Ladyland with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 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. Taken from the CD “The Essential Jimi Hendrix Volumes 1 & 2”, 1989.
John Lee Hooker – RED HOUSE -- Red House" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and originally recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966. The song, a slow twelve-bar blues, "is one of the most traditional in sound and form of all his official recordings". It was developed during his pre-Experience days while Hendrix was performing in Greenwich Village and was inspired by earlier blues songs. Hendrix recorded several studio and live versions during his career; later, "Red House" has been recorded by a variety of blues and other artists. The song's theme is "as old as the blues itself—the singer's woman doesn't love him any more and has moved. Taken from “Power of Soul: A tribute to Jimi Hendrix”, 2004.
Jono Manson Band and Guests – HEY JOE - "Hey Joe" is an American popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard and as such has been performed in many musical styles by hundreds of different artists since it was first written. "Hey Joe" tells the story of a man who is on the run and planning to head to Mexico after shooting his wife. However, diverse credits and claims have led to confusion as to the song's true authorship and genesis. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band, the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which became a hit. Currently, the best-known version is The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1966 recording, their debut single. Recorded live at The Wetlands Preserve, 1/27/1998.
The Pretenders – ROOM FULL OF MIRRORS -- Room Full of Mirrors from the song on Jimi Hendrix's First Rays of the New Rising Sun. First Rays of the New Rising Sun is an attempt to recreate the studio album Hendrix was working on at the time of his death. From the 4 CD collection “Pirate Radio”, 2006, it was first released on “Get Close” 1986.
Jimi Hendrix Experience – GLORIA -- "Gloria" is a rock song classic written by Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrison's band Them in 1964. The song became a garage rock staple and a part of many rock bands' repertoires. It is particularly memorable for its "G–L–O–R–I–A" chorus. It is very easy to play (three-chord) and thus is popular with those learning to play guitar. Jimi Hendrix's version of "Gloria" was first included on the 1979 compilation, The Essential Jimi Hendrix Volume Two,. His version was not a traditional cover – he included entire verses of his own creation, and appeared to be ad-libbing as he went along. The lyrics included lines about drummer Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding. Taken from the CD “The Essential Jimi Hendrix Volumes 1 & 2”, 1989.
Jimi Hendrix – ANGEL - Angel is the name of a song written and recorded by Jimi Hendrix, first released in February 1971 on the posthumous LP The Cry of Love. In April it was released as a single, which failed to chart. In the US the single was backed with "Freedom" and in the UK with "Night Bird Flying". The song was included on 1997's South Saturn Delta, a compilation of Hendrix demos, unfinished tracks and alternate mixes, as well as the same year's First Rays of the New Rising Sun, which attempted to reconstruct what Hendrix's unfinished fourth album might have sounded like had he lived to complete it.