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Blues Best of

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 12 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002OSK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
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1. Hear My Train A Comin'
2. Born Under A Bad Sign
3. Red House
4. Catfish Blues
5. Voodoo Chile Blues
6. Mannish Boy
7. Once I Had A Woman
8. Bleeding Heart
9. Jelly 292
10. Electric Church Red House
11. Hear My Train A Comin' (Electric)

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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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James Marshall Hendrix is generally regarded as the greatest rock guitarist who ever lived -- which is true, but it is only part of a much greater truth. Long before he became a rock-n-roll legend, there was Jimi the Bluesman. Blues purists will howl "BLASPHEMY!!!" at such a pronouncement, but as George Bernard Shaw pointed out, "All great truths begin as Blasphemies," and anyone listening to Jimi's fiery, way-funked rock licks would have to at least suspect what this CD outright confirms -- that Hendrix' funk came from a foundation in the blues. In the end, it was his founding in the blues that made him the rock legend he was (the same can be said for Eric Clapton, Robin Trower and Jeff Beck).
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.
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Jimi Hendrix was such a inspiring musicians with alot of great talent he mostly had with the blues. This album titled Jimi Hendrix Blues is filled with 8:00 minute jams on songs like Catfish Blues, and Once I Had A Women. It contains alot of unreleased studio work Jimi Hendrix did during his short lifetime. This album is one of the best Jimi Hendrix blues albums ever. I bought this a while ago at Fye Music the first time I listened to this I was floored. The guitar solo's are everywhere they keep runing on their complicated, bluesy, and worth listening to.
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!!!!!!!!!
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In all honesty, I have never heard anything quite like the guitar work on this album. Although most people start off with Are You Experienced?, I was fortunate enought to discover this gem about 14 years ago, and my life has never been the same. In recent years, compilations of Jimi's lost works have been released; as they should be. Blues is one of the "lost and found" set. His influences shine through here, but Jimi is the pilot of this journey through the power of the blues.
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.
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There have been a few Jimi Hendrix compilations released over the years since the Hendrix family gained the rights to his material. First Rays of the New Rising Sun tried to get as close to what Jimi had in mind for his fourth studio album as possible. South Saturn Delta was just a random mix of discarded studio songs and a few jam sessions. Live at the Fillmore East contained a selection of songs from the Band of Gypsys concerts in New York. And the Experience Hendrix Box Set featured basically everything else under the sun. But this, his Blues album, is the best one. Yes; better than First Rays of the New Rising Sun.
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.
Highly recommended.
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