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Blues

Blues

1 Jan 2010
4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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Like the previous reviewer, I also am a fan of blues guitar music (a HUGE fan) and greatly appreciate the talents of Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bo Diddley, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Guitar Watson, Fred McDowell, Rev Gary Davis, Blind Willie Johnson, Elmore James etc (and even one or two white guys !). And, entirely worthy of inclusion in this catalogue of blues brilliance, is Jimi Hendrix.

One of the best things about the blues is the fact that it provides such a good framework for its practitioners to develop their own styles and sounds, each making their own unique contribution to the genre. Well, Jimi fits seemlessly into this tradition. Indeed, Jimi's contribution could be considered as particularly interesting - on one hand, he is entirely steeped in traditional blues, while on the other hand, he personifies his own generation, his howling screeching wailing guitar (plus sustain and feedback off his speakers) being the very embodiment of the psychedelic experience.

Furthermore, Jimi is capable, in my opinion, of communicating deeper and more intense emotion in both his guitar and voice than almost any other musician, which, alongside his technical virtuosity, is quite simply the perfect combination for crying the blues.

As for this CD, its definitely a mixed bag - ranging from those that originated as warm-ups, jams and impromptu performances, to some old favourites, to some gems that would have been worthy of general release in their own right. While some of the content is quite 'dry', others (like Mannish Boy, Voodoo Chile Blues, Once I Had A Woman and both versions of Hear My Train) are superb and there is even one track that I consider to be a genuine masterpiece! Born Under A Bad Sign!!
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Never underestimate the influence of Hendrix. I have been listening to him for over 30 years and only on this album do you get a better idea of what a good blues player he was. Although he is remembered by most for the singles, his influence on generations of musicians is undeniable. This is Hendrix stripped back with minimal production (but obviously with a bit of remixing). For its time the guitar sounds are incredible.
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I stalled with buying this album for... 21 years! Almost unthinkable but then I did have a lot (most?) of the tracks elsewhere and felt that maybe it was a bit of a further cash-in; but WTH because it's Hendrix and there's nothing sub-standard on here (maybe the Born Under A Bad Sign instrumental jam plods a bit, but it's ok in its way) and to have the acoustic Hear My Train A Comin' on a CD - especially as lead track - is a very wonderful thing. I was once skeptical about it and got it chiefly to add to 'the collection' (I'd heard it before but still didn't bite) but now I am pleased I own this and see that it really does work as a compilation album in its own right; but with a difference and you can't say many albums are 'themed' in this way can you?

Is it perfect?
No.

It is essential?
It depends how much you like Jimi/blues/etc.

Is it great?
It has a lot of greatness. :)
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I heard one fo the tracks on BBC6 music and noted title and CD etc - ordered it straight away and have now uploaded tracks onto my Brennan. Whether I listen to the CD via the Brennan or my Hifi, hearing Jimi's tracks reminds me of his talent and dexterity on the guitar. If you like Hendrix, you will enjoy this CD

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As a big fan of blues guitar of all styles, I am sorry to say I never rated Hendrix very highly - too much psychedelic mucking about and not enough real guitar-playing. I borrowed this album from a friend and listened with a fair amount of scepticism. I'd heard a lot of Hendrix before, right? Well, this album blew me away. It's not all perfect by any means, but this guy can play the blues! Although the melodic lines and some of the textures are recognisably Hendrix, this is blues playing at its best that stands comparison with anything I've heard by B B King, the early Eric Clapton etc. If you like the whining and screaming of a well-played electric guitar over a solid, slow 12-bar backing, you won't be disappointed with this. In a nutshell - I'm not a great Hendrix fan, but I like this album very much and I will be buying my own copy.
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I feel really sorry for those that have only heard Jimi's studio albums. Dont get me wrong , Vooddo Child & Purple Haze are great songs.....But they are show stopping songs that Jimi put out to show people what he could do and get the attention he needed. I have always preferd Jimi doing the chilled/Jamming type stuff. And this album hits the spot. Worth the price alone for the electric version of "hear my train a comin". Ultimateley .....Jimi was a bluesman. Thats where he did his apprenticeship. He spent 3 years in the deep south when he first left the army. He was rubbing shoulders with BB King & Alber King and played in well over 500 blues venues. Jimi's understanding of blues & jazz guitar was amazing. This is blues with a Jimi attitude...You just got to buy it!!!
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For some reason, I had forgotten the fact that Hendrix was essentially a Bluesman.

'Born under a bad sign', 'Red house' and 'Catfish Blues' epitomise and highlight his raw Blues style.

Highly recommended.
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