Jimi Hendrix is February’s Artist of the Month. As March approaches, we’ll take one last look back on the guitar god’s greatest moments and songs.
Woodstock, 1969: The Star-Spangled Banner
The last morning of Woodstock brought thousands of crazed, tired yet energetic fans to a stand still quiet when Jimi Hendrix took the stage for his rendition of the national anthem. Never before had it been played with such a absolute message (the Vietnam war), and never again will it be played with such gusto. Often looked at as the stand out of his career, Hendrix will always be remembered for the quiet way in which he changed America and the world that morning.
Little Wing (1967)
One of Hendrix’s shortest songs, Little Wing is one of his greatest. The slow, meaningful guitar plays with such an understated beauty and Hendrix’s voice is full of the appreciation he feels for the woman in this song. The beginning is beautiful, the fade out is beautiful, and so is everything in between. Hendrix knew how to rock, but when he dialed it back down, he was able to create something otherworldly.
Are You Experienced (Album- 1967)
No other debut album will ever have the influence that Are You Experienced had. Every song on this album is a gem, and every guitar riff was something unheard of. From he emotion filled and riling ‘Hey Joe’ to the melodic ‘May This Be Love’, every track presented a new side of the then up and coming band.
All Along the Watch Tower (1968)
This song was originally written and performed by Bob Dylan, but Hendrix took the calm song and made it his own. The piercing guitar that Hendrix is remembered for does not disappoint here, shaking the ground in the first few seconds and going on wild, erratic runs throughout the song. Hendrix’s vocals add to the overall wild and fast feel of one of his best songs.
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (1968)
Ranked #101 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs, Voodoo Child (Slight Return) features Hendrix at his most innovative. A timeless classic rock song that introduced the concept of the wah-wah guitar, this song makes a return to a similar song (Voodoo Chile) that appears earlier on the album (Electric Ladyland). It was released as a single after Hendrix’s untimely death, and it shot to #1 immediately.
What are your favorite Hendrix songs and moments?