Archive for March, 2009

Jimi Was the Man

Posted in Music with tags on March 30, 2009 by mccoolio


I’m back guys.

After being on strike for four months, discovered blogging,  got back to work but  not having near as much time as before,  stopped blogging for awhile. But I’m back now. I’m definitely going to shorten my posts but blogging is fun so I’m going to try to do it. Hopefully I’m going to try to do 2-3 per week so check in as often as  you can.

My grand re-opening blog is about Jimi Hendrix.In the 3 years in the limelight, he established himself as unarguably the greatest blues-rock guitarist ever. Period. No one has ever had the combination of creativity, dexterity, virtuosity and sonic mastery as he had. When I was a teenager I had every single album out (yes, album) I bought and wore out the album Band of Gypsies 3 times. I could play a lot of his songs and pretty much knew every line, lyric, and lick of every single song. I never got a chance to see him because he overdosed and died in 1970, a little before my time(and his).

In the last few months, I’ve kind of rediscovered Jimi after many years. I’ve downloaded just about all my super-favorites on I-Tunes and just the other night realized that there would probably be some stuff on YouTube. Well, there’s tons of stuff, just about all my favorite stuff is right there!!!YouTube is amazing. As much as I liked Hendrix in my teenage years, I had never seen any of his stuff live, except a little of him in Woodstock, the movie. But that was only the Star Spangled Banner and a little more. Nothing like what’s on YouTube now.

Here’s 4 of my favorites: 3 from Woodstock and the song Machine Gun when Jimi’s  group was called Band of Gypsies, playing at the old  San Fran venue : The Filmore West.

The first one is titled : Woodstock Improv and Villinova Junction. If you lose interest after about 3 min, ff to right before 5 min.That’s where the song Villinova Junction starts. It’s beautiful. It’s amazing that he almost never looked at the fretboard. And when he did, it’s not because he needed to.

The next one : Jam Back at the House, was always one of my favorites. The YouTube version is quite a bit shorter than the I-Tunes version which is better, even though someone’s guitar gets a little out of tune for a second. That version also doesn’t have the drum solo. This song is so cool. It starts as a rock song,  morphs into a jazz kind of thing, turns into something else entirely, then just smokes the rest of the way.

Then there’s Jimi’s version of the Star Spangled Banner. nuff said;

Finally, the last one: Machine Gun. If you’ve got 9 min to just sit there and listen and admire his afore-mentioned mastery of sonics, and his dexterity,please do so. He had been criticized a lot for his stage theatrics so in this concert he just just stood there and played. Wow. Good for us.  I think a lot of this was pure improv.  Enjoy.

Some other of my favorites were and are:

House Burning Down

Ezy Rider

Who Knows

Them Changes

Power to Love

Message of Love

Astro Man

Straight Ahead