Jimi Hendrix, in a rare appearance with a twelve string guitar… and what a superb blues performance. Hendrix plays one of his standards, Hear My Train a Comin’ for a film crew, and in an acoustic finger-picking country blues style. And what a treat.
This clip really showcases Jimi’s blues playing in it’s simplest form. And the perfect blues vocal, full of soul. It is certainly unusual to see Jimi playing a twelve string, and equally unusual to see him with an acoustic guitar rather than a Fender Stratocaster and a wall of Marshall valve amps. This track is available on the 1999 compilation Blues.It is what it says! Jimi plays the Blues his inimitable way. Mostly originals with a few choice covers; Mannish Boy & Elmore James' Bleeding Heart to name but 2.After the disorganized and often unlistenable Alan Douglas-produced reissues in the '70s 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 honor 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