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|5. Voodoo Chile Blues|
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|7. Once I Had A Woman|
|8. Bleeding Heart|
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|10. Electric Church Red House|
|11. Hear My Train A Comin' (Electric)|
Deluxe CD/DVD edition. This reissued collection of 11 stinging Blues classics brings Hendrix's work as a bluesman to the musical forefront. Features a brilliant 12-string acoustic rendition of 'Hear My Train A Comin',' plus Hendrix's own tributes to some of his Blues forefathers, including Muddy Waters' 'Mannish Boy' and Booker T. Jones' 'Born Under A Bad Sign.'
After the disorganised and often unlistenable Alan Douglas-produced reissues in the 1970s and '80s, MCA has been releasing the vast Hendrix archives in an intelligent and methodical manner. Blues is a perfect example, making the case that--on top of everything else--Jimi Hendrix was one fine blues guitarist. Combining the fluid lines of B.B. King with the spikiness of Hubert Sumlin and the crying tone of Elmore James with his usual synapse-frying intensity, Hendrix manages to both honour the music tradition while remaining uniquely himself. These studio outtakes and warm-ups (plus one previously released track, the magnificent "Hear My Train a Comin'") include a playful "Mannish Boy", the slow burn of "Once I Had A Woman" and a metallic "Bleeding Heart". --Steven Mirkin
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The CD begins with a 3 minute acoustic take of "Hear My Train A Comin'" and ends with a way-gone 12 minute electric version of the same tune, though in it's electrified evolution, it is hardly the tune we started with; these tracks form karmic bookends for the rich bluesy material between and symbolize the duality of Hendrix' musical nature -- Rocker and Bluesman.
The second track is an instrumental take of "Born Under a Bad Sign," a tune made famous by Albert King. "Red House" and "Electric Church/Red House" form another set of bookends and show the growth and progression of both song and musician in the course of the two years between these recordings. Check out "Catfish Blues," almost 8 minutes gone. "Bleeding Heart" borrows both lyrics and chords from Elmore James "The Sky is Crying." Hendrix also does a Jimi-ized version of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy.Read more ›
Their are so many Jimi Hendrix fans 30+ years latter due to his vibrant music that no one ever forgot 30+ years latter. Of course everybody loves the orginal albums like Are You Experienced, and Axis Bold As Love, also Electric Ladyland but the Compact Disc like this one are the true one's that are a must have for any Jimi Hendrix fan. If you love to listen to all of his radio hits then this one is not for you. But for me this album was everything I loved this album inside and out like I said its a must have for any Hendrix fan so go buy this if you want real Jimi Hendrix blues. Highly Recomened!!!!!!!!!
While Hendrix encompassed virtually all genres of guitar in his music - rock, jazz, blues, funk, and even slight signs of classical - it is his ability to keep from limiting himself to any certain style that makes this album beyond words. While staying true to the feel and history of the blues throughout, the guitar work on this album is completely individual. At times, this is my favorite Hendrix album. It captures the versatility of the blues from the heartwrenching "Once I had a Woman" to the skyscraping agression of tracks such as "Voodoo Chile Blues." Hendrix's greatest feat here is that he manages to recognise the blues greats, Muddy Waters, T-Bone, Robert Johnson, BB King, etc., and still shines through with his own personal style and signature licks such as the opener from "Red House." His ability to express himself through his instrument is virtually unmatched.
To truly appriciate the legacy and ability of Jimi Hendrix, this album is essential. If God was a guitarist, he would be a Jimi Hendrix clone.
Experience Hendrix really outdid themselves with this baby. Twelve tracks. 72 minutes. Hendrix playing his heart out. The first track alone, Hear My Train A Comin', is worth the price alone as it features Jimi intimately playing acoustic guitar. From then on, it's straight electric blues music. My personal favorites are his cover of Catfish Blues and the searing live rendition of Hear My Train A Comin', which closes out the album.
If you're new to Jimi's music, then by all means get his four "official" albums first. After that, go wherever you want. But "Blues" would probably be your best investment.
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This is one of those glorious albums you can have playing all day long and not get bored of it. I can only hope that maybe someday they can find some sort of worthy sequel to it.Published on Sept. 6 2010 by Torie Monaghan
Haven't seen this CD in ages! Simply too many Hendrix compilations too keep track of these days. 'Blues' is basically a must-have collection of eleven superbly played blues numbers... Read morePublished on May 3 2009 by Mike Reed
this is album was passed down to us by the gods. this is the greatest guitar album of all time. say what you want, but hendrix truly is the most untouchable guitarist of all timePublished on July 12 2004
Two days ago I was an 18 year old rap fan who was tired of listening to the CDs in his collection and wanted something new. Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by music/moviefan03
my guitar tutor taped this album for me last year.at first i fort it woz ok, cause id heard a lot of hendrix. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004
This is it. This is the blues at its finest...this is electric guitar at its finest...this is Jimi at his finest...this is what music is all about. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004
I AM a great Jimi fan, and this CD is not too bad,
BUT some tracks (e.g. the first) are not good enough to be on a high quality CD. Read more