This is one of a handful of contenders for greatest rock album of all time. It contains unsurpassed richness, variety and beauty, best illustrated by these three: the experimental jazz of Rainy Day Dream Away, in which guitar licks turn to dripping raindrops, the manic, sizzling blues of Voodoo Child (Slight Return), and the epic oceanic adventure of the ponderously titled 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) / Moon Turn the Tides (Gently, Gently Away). Between these three tracks can be found the genius of Jimi Hendrix in full scope, and a demonstration of what wonders can be done with the guitar. The lengthy 1983/Moon at times seems like a multisensory extravaganza, not merely music. Listen to it carefully, and follow Jimi from a war-torn world of bombs and arguments into an undersea paradise where a new civilization dawns and "man is full of cheer", then back above the water's surface where only a dead landscape remains, a lonely seagull cries, and the moon orbits above, turning the tides through eternity. Can music paint pictures? In Hendrix' hands, it certainly can, and he will make you feel strong emotions of grief, wonder and joy that perhaps offer a glimpse into the elusive soul of the man himself. While the above three songs make this the best Hendrix album ever, there are at least five other 5-star songs: "All Along the Watchtower", "Come On", "Gypsy Eyes", "House Burning Down", "Crosstown Traffic" - and still more! And guess what? Nobody talks about Hendrix' vocals, but he shines as a singer as well as a guitarist. Just listen to the second verse of "Watchtower" - he is powerful and precise while conveying conversational spontaneity, bringing to urgent life Dylan's words "no reason to get excited" and "the hour is getting late". As I said, this album is unsurpassed, or - to use a quaint 1968 phrase that is apt here - mind-blowing.