stonefreelee Posted February 22, 2008 Share Posted February 22, 2008 In my opinion, none of Hendrix's "essential" or "greatest hits" re-packages will do the trick. They leave out too many good songs that a lot of people should know about. Plus, Jimi was good at mixing short and long songs of various types that made each recording a unique experience. I literally think that since there were only three studio releases in Jimi's lifetime, everyone should buy them. Then get some of the rest of the stuff. yes, I definately agree that any 'greatest hits' packages, especially by hendrix, always leave out something...cant please everyone i suppose...ironically i discovered jimi thru purchasing "Smash HIts"!!! Before I discovered who he was, everyone I talked to would say, "he's the greatest guitar player ever.." etc. When I first heard Purple Haze I wasn't impressed at all. Granted, this was '78 by then and I had already 'gave myself to zep' so to speak...but the overall sound of jimi's instrument on that 'smash hits' was something I couldn't put my finger on...it wasn't just the tone, either. I just knew there was something special about this guy and his music...hearing the freaky sound on "Can you see me" and the (now) classic sound of "watchtower"...even though he was obviously dead and gone at that point, my interest had been piqued...and I dug deeper. I discovered that Jimi's 'hits' were just the bait...the real meat and bones was the groundbreaking songs like "Manic Depression", "Third Stone From the Sun", "Are You experienced?"...so many to list, but the 'hits' dont even count in my eyes..."Hey Joe" most know it wasn't even Jimi's song...and he was soooo sick of playing it by 1968!!!! Masterpieces like "Bold as Love", "Castles Made of Sand", etc. are oft overlooked. I haven't even gotten to "Electric Ladyland" lp yet!! "Have you ever been... (to electric ladyland)" contains possibly his most soulfoul, heartfelt vocals....and lets talk about the song, "Voodoo Chile", with Steve Windwood on organ. No, not "Voodoo Child slight return" (well I stand up next to a mountain...) The song "Voodoo Chile" (ryhmes with 'mile') is yet another masterpiece of the blues...most knuckleheads sometimes pronounce it "Voodoo Chili"...idiots...the same ones who think and say that he was overrated, no doubt, the ones who know nothing about him or his music.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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