James Marshall Hendrix would have been 68 today. In celebration, I’ve put together a short playlist of songs you may not have heard to pay tribute to the greatest rock guitarist who ever lived. A quote from jazz piano maestro Ron Davis perfectly describes Jimi’s greatness:
“[Jimi] did lots with little. Made simple blues symphonies. Made noise music.”
1. My Little One (Jimi & Brian Jones)
Following the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, Jimi and Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) composed and recorded together at Olympic Sound Studios in London along with Traffic’s Dave Mason and Mitch Mitchell.
2. You’ve Got Me Floating
This is one of my favorite Jimi songs, however, this version is not performed by Jimi. It’s an amazing rendition by Trey and Mike (Mike on banjo) from the GRAB tour in 2006. This particular version is from the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto on July 18th, 2006.
3. Tears of Rage
Next we have Jimi’s rendition of Bob Dylan and The Band’s “Tears of Rage.” Another one of my favorite songs.
4. Jam Thing
This jam comes from Jimi’s sessions with the members of Traffic. As the bootleg’s cover reads “this session took place at an unknown location in the late 60′s.” Psychedelic, man.
5. Message to Love
Finally we have a version of Jimi’s “Message to Love” from Veijlby Risskov Hallen Aarhus (huh?) on September 2nd, 1970. It’s a raw soundboard recording that captures the atmosphere and energy of what it would have been like to see Jimi live. Again, the recording is raw, but if you’ve stuck around this long chances are you won’t mind. I’ve listened to this show (and extracted licks from it) countless times. It’s a true showing of Jimi’s greatness.