The morning is dead: The best of Jimi Hendrix

As well as Jimi Hendrix played the guitar, he played the mixing board with greater imagination — or so the Electric Ladyland tracks tell me. Making love on the sand, angels, and birds denote the range of his imagination, but what Hendrix did with headphone sonics, phasing, sampled noise, and, on “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be),” silence affects me beyond the hippie-era folderol. Despite never entering my canon, the Hendrix whom classic rock hasn’t reduced to “Hey Joe” and “All Along the Watchtower” still presents fascinating listening challenges. “Crosstown Traffic” and CCR’s “Commotion” are fleet vehicles of useful noise. What else ya want?

As you can see, this list slants toward Axis: Bold as Love.

1. Burning of the Midnight Lamp
2. Drifter’s Escape
3. The Wind Cries Mary
4. Bold as Love
5. Wait Until Tomorrow
6. Are You Experience
7. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
8. Night Bird Flying
9. Ezy Rider
10. Castles Made of Sand
11. The Star Spangled Banner
12. 1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
13. One Rainy Wish
14. Third Stone from the Sun
15. Crosstown Traffic

3 thoughts on “The morning is dead: The best of Jimi Hendrix

  1. To see Jimi play live was a experience he was way ahead of his time . it was a blessing for me. Wish he was still here playing for us. Same with Janis Jim. Jerry and all the rest of them.what a treat.it was.

  2. Pingback: The morning is dead: The best of Jimi Hendrix — Humanizing The Vacuum – The Idealistic Outsider

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