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The Wind Cries Mary

“The Wind Cries Mary” is a rock ballad written by Jimi Hendrix and released by the Jimi Hendrix Experience as the band’s third single on May 5, 1967. It reached no. 6 in the UK Charts.[1] It is ranked number 379 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It has been covered by musicians such as Jamie Cullum, John Mayer, Xavier Rudd, Richie Sambora, Sting, Popa Chubby, Pat Boone and Caron Wheeler.

In the United States, the song was first released as the B-side to the “Purple Haze” single in June 1967 and later appeared on the August 1967 American version of the album Are You Experienced, where three tracks were deleted from the British LP version to make way for the band’s three singles that had been issued in the United Kingdom.

The song was recorded at the end of the “Fire” sessions. It is said to have been inspired when Hendrix and his then girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, had an argument over her cooking; after she stormed out of their apartment, Hendrix wrote “The Wind Cries Mary”, as Mary was Etchingham’s middle name.[2][3] Another possible inspiration could be the poem “To Mary” by the English poet John Clare.[citation needed] Etchingham has said that many of the Dylanesque lyrics describe the test card that appeared at the end of BBC television transmissions at that time.[4] However, this is probably a mistake on her part as that particular test card was not first broadcast until July 1967, while the song had been written, recorded and released months before. Hendrix mentioned “The Wind Cries Mary” in an interview with Sue C. Clark in December 1969, saying “…it’s like ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ is representing more than one person…”.[5] Billy Cox, who was the bassist for the Band of Gypsys and long-time friend of Hendrix, has cited Curtis Mayfield’s influence on the song:

“‘The Wind Cries Mary’ was a riff that was influenced by Curtis Mayfield, who was a big influence for Jimi.”

The last line to Pink Floyd’s “Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict” was “and the wind cried Mary”.[6]

The song was in included in Guitar Hero World Tour along with a live version of “Purple Haze”. It was also included as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series. “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Highway Chile” were re-released in 1983, on The Singles Album compilation.[7]

“The Wind Cries Mary” is the title of the second episode of the fourth season of the FX Network’s Archer television series, with “Mary”[8] being a reference to the gay-romance element of the storyline.

Voodoo Chile

“Voodoo Chile” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded in 1968 for the third Jimi Hendrix Experience album Electric Ladyland. Music writer John Perry calls it “interstellar hootchie kootchie”, which blends Chicago blues and science fiction.[2] At fifteen minutes, it is Hendrix’s longest studio recording and features additional musicians in what has been described as a studio jam. It was recorded at the Record Plant in New York City after a late night jam session with Hendrix, Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, organist Steve Winwood, and bassist Jack Casady. “Voodoo Chile” is based on earlier blues songs and became the basis for “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, recorded by the Experience the next day and one of Hendrix’s best-known songs.

“Voodoo Chile” uses a phonetical approximation of “child” pronounced without the “d”, a spelling that was also used for Hendrix’s song “Highway Chile”. For the shorter Experience recording, Track Records in the UK used the title “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” for the British Electric Ladyland and “Voodoo Chile” for the 1970 UK single. Although many live recordings of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” have been issued, only the three takes of the original studio jam, “Voodoo Chile”, are known to exist. A composite of the first two takes is included on the 1994 Blues album.

Wait Until Tomorrow

“Wait Until Tomorrow” is a song by the Jimi Hendrix Experience from their 1967 second album Axis: Bold as Love. Written by Jimi Hendrix, the song details the scenario of a male protagonist addressing his female love with whom he plans to leave home, only to be shot dead by her father. Despite not being released as a single, “Wait Until Tomorrow” has been recognised as one of the strongest songs on the album.[2][3]

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is a song recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968 that appears on the Electric Ladyland album released that year. It contains much improvised guitar and a vocal from Hendrix, backed by Noel Redding on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. The song is one of Hendrix’s best known; it was a feature of his concert performances throughout his career and several live renditions were recorded and released on later albums.

After his death in 1970, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, using the title “Voodoo Chile” was released in the UK and became Hendrix’s only number one single in the British record charts. Several artists have performed or recorded versions of the song. Rolling Stone magazine included it at number 102 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Valleys of Neptune (song)

“Valleys of Neptune” is a song by American rock musician Jimi Hendrix, featured on his 2010 posthumous studio album Valleys of Neptune. Written and produced by Hendrix, the song was originally recorded between 1969 and 1970, and was released on March 8, 2010.

The song is featured as downloadable content in the video game, Rock Band, as a playable single. The song was released alongside his album Axis: Bold as Love on the week of March 30, 2010.[1]

Up from the Skies

“Up from the Skies” is a song by English/American psychedelic rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featured on their 1967 second album Axis: Bold as Love. Written by lead vocalist and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the song details the experience of a specimen of extraterrestrial life returning to Earth and displaying concern with the damage caused by the human beings living there. It was released as the only single from Axis: Bold as Love, in the United States and France only, and reached number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[2]

Stone Free

“Stone Free” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and the second song recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It has been described as a “counterculture anthem, with its lyrics praising the footloose and fancy-free life”, which reflected Hendrix’s restless lifestyle.[1] Instrumentally, the song has a strong rhythmic drive provided by drummer Mitch Mitchell with harmonic support by bassist Noel Redding. “Stone Free” was issued on December 16, 1966, as the B-side of the Experience’s first UK single “Hey Joe” and later included on the Smash Hits compilation album.

In April 1969, Hendrix recorded a revised rendition of the song for possible release as a single. However, it was not used and Reprise Records issued the original recording as a single in the U.S. on September 15, 1969. Hendrix often played “Stone Free” in concert using extended arrangements, sometimes lasting over fourteen minutes. The revised song and several live recordings were later released.

Stepping Stone (Jimi Hendrix song)

“Stepping Stone” is a song by Hendrix Band of Gypsys, which was originally released as a single in the United States backed with “Izabella” on April 8, 1970 – the last single released by Hendrix before his death. A second version is featured on his 1972 third posthumous studio album War Heroes. Written and produced by Hendrix, the song was recorded early in 1970 with the short-lived Band of Gypsys lineup of Hendrix, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles.

The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam’s Dice

“The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam’s Dice”, also known as “STP with LSD” and various related abbreviations and shortenings,[1] is a song by English-American psychedelic rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featured as the B-side to their 1967 fourth single “Burning of the Midnight Lamp”. Written by vocalist and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the song was later featured on the 1968 compilation album Smash Hits and the posthumous Loose Ends and South Saturn Delta compilations.

Spanish Castle Magic

“Spanish Castle Magic” is a song by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Written by Jimi Hendrix and produced by Chas Chandler, it is the third track from their second studio album Axis: Bold as Love. The lyrics refer to a club outside of Seattle, where Hendrix sometimes played with his first bands. The song was a staple on their live shows and several live recordings have been released on posthumous albums.

The lyrics were inspired by Hendrix’s high school years (roughly 1958-1961), when he regularly visited a roadhouse called “The Spanish Castle”. The club was south of Seattle in what was then unincorporated King County (now Des Moines). It was built in the 1930s outside Seattle to avoid the city’s restrictive nightclub laws at the time. By 1959, it began featuring top local rock groups such as The Fabulous Wailers and occasional touring stars. Events there were hosted by Pat O’Day, Seattle’s best known disc jockey at the time.

Hendrix performed at the Spanish Castle on several occasions. He later described his frustration getting to the club: “[The bass player] in the band had this beat-up car, and it would break down every other block, on the way there and back”.[this quote needs a citation] This is referenced in the line “Takes ’bout a half a day to get there”. The Spanish Castle was demolished in April 1968. According to rock critic Dave Marsh, “Once you know the legend of the Wailers at the Castle and the facts of Jimi’s attendance there, the lyrics of his ‘Spanish Castle Magic’ seem haunted by homesick nostalgia: ‘It’s very far away, it takes about half a day to get there if we travel by my…uh…dragonfly,’ he sings, in the voice of a kid stranded a couple continents from home”.[this quote needs a citation]

The song features Noel Redding playing an eight-string Hagstrom bass routed through an Octavia effects unit, which Hendrix later overdubbed using the same bass.[2] Hendrix also overdubbed some jazz chords on piano, which he had heard sound engineer Eddie Kramer playing.[2] Hendrix biographer Harry Shapiro commented on the song’s instrumentation: “[The] guitar and bass in unison has the immediate effect of locking up a song in a strong rhythmic voice … [Hendrix uses] some unusual chord progressions and a large number of bend in the solo ending up with a crazy double-stop.”[3] AllMusic’s Matthew Greenwald calls the progression “proto-heavy metal” and compares it to the earlier Experience song, “Foxy Lady”.[1]

“Spanish Castle Magic” is one of the few songs from Axis: Bold as Love that Hendrix regularly performed in concert.[4] Live recordings of the song are found on BBC Sessions, Live at the Oakland Coliseum, Stages, Live in Ottawa, Live at Woodstock, Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight, Winterland, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set.[5]

Red House (song)

“Red House” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and originally recorded in 1966 by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It is a slow twelve-bar blues, which music writer Keith Shadwick calls “one of the most traditional in sound and form of all his official recordings”.[2] It was developed during Hendrix’s pre-Experience days while he was performing in Greenwich Village, and was inspired by earlier blues songs. Hendrix recorded several studio and live versions of the song during his career. “Red House” has also been recorded by a variety of blues and other artists.

Purple Haze

“Purple Haze” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and released as the second record single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience on March 17, 1967. As a record chart hit in several countries and the opening number on the Experience’s debut American album, it was many people’s first exposure to Hendrix’s psychedelic rock sound.

The song features his inventive guitar playing, which uses the signature Hendrix chord and a mix of blues and Eastern modalities, shaped by novel sound processing techniques. Because of ambiguities in the lyrics, listeners often interpret the song as referring to a psychedelic experience, although Hendrix described it as a love song.

“Purple Haze” is one of Hendrix’s best-known songs and appears on many Hendrix compilation albums. The song featured regularly in concerts and each of Hendrix’s group configurations issued live recordings. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is included on lists of the greatest guitar songs, including at number two by Rolling Stone and number one by Q magazine.

One Rainy Wish

“One Rainy Wish” (also known as “Golden Rose”) is a song by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, featured on their 1967 second album Axis: Bold as Love. The song was written by Jimi Hendrix based on a dream that he had in which “the sky was filled with a thousand stars … and eleven moons played across the rainbows,” according to the song’s lyrics.[1] Shortly after the release of Axis: Bold as Love, “One Rainy Wish” was featured as the B-side to “Up from the Skies”, released in February 1968.[2]

My Friend (Jimi Hendrix song)

“My Friend” is a song written and recorded by Jimi Hendrix in New York City in 1968 during the recording sessions for Electric Ladyland. The song was first released in 1971 on the posthumous album The Cry of Love and later appeared on the CD First Rays of the New Rising Sun. It was mixed posthumously by Hendrix’s engineer Eddie Kramer.

The recording of “My Friend” combines a humorous song with sound effects to create a bar or nightclub atmosphere. Hendrix is backed by guest musicians: Ken Pine (lead guitarist of the Fugs) on 12-string rhythm guitar, and Paul Caruso (listed as “Gers”) on harmonica, Stephen Stills on piano, and Jimmy Mayes on drums.[1][2]

Manic Depression (song)

“Manic Depression” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. Music critic William Ruhlmann describes the lyrics as “more an expression of romantic frustration than the clinical definition of manic depression.”[1] The song is performed in an uptempo triple metre (3

4 or 9

8), an unusual time signature for hard rock.[2] It also features Mitch Mitchell’s jazz-influenced drumming and a parallel guitar and bass line.[2] The song is included on their debut album, Are You Experienced and live versions appear on BBC Sessions and Winterland.[1]

Other musicians who have recorded “Manic Depression” include Jeff Beck with Seal, Besh o droM, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bonerama, Carnivore, Clawfinger, Larry Coryell, Tanya Donelly, Katharina Franck, Jan Hammer, Ben Harper, David Ryan Harris, Eric Johnson, King’s X, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Nomeansno, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Styx, Type O Negative, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rozz Williams, Gitane Demone, and Alice Cooper’s Hollywood Vampires.[3]

The original Hendrix performance of “Manic Depression” was used in a climax of season 4 of 1980s TV series Moonlighting while Bruce Willis’s character violently destroys a BMW sports car, symbolic of his frustrations over co-star Cybill Shepherd’s character.

Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix song)

“Machine Gun” is a song written by American musician Jimi Hendrix, and originally recorded by Band of Gypsys for their self-titled live album (1970). It is a lengthy, loosely defined (jam-based) protest of the Vietnam War,[2] and perhaps a broader comment on conflict of any kind.[3] Although a proper studio recording was never released, there are several other live recordings on album, including Live at Berkeley, Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight, and Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection.[4]

The Band of Gypsys performance is often lauded as Hendrix’s finest, and is widely considered one of the finest electric guitar performances in the history of recorded music.[2][5] The Band of Gypsys version of “Machine Gun” is roughly 12 minutes long. Hendrix’s long guitar solos and percussive riffs combine with controlled feedback to simulate the sounds of a battlefield, such as helicopters, dropping bombs, explosions, machine guns, and the screams and cries of those wounded or grieving.

Isle of Wight (album)

Isle of Wight was a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix, released in November 1971 by Polydor in the U.K. only. The album documents Hendrix’s performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival on August 30, 1970, his last performance in England before his death in September. The album was engineered by Carlos Ohlms (a British-based engineer). The record company did not use a picture from the Isle of Wight concert. The cover photo is from a live concert from Berlin, Deutschlandhalle, September 4, 1970. The album spent only two weeks in the U.K. albums chart, peaking at No. 17.[1]

Isle of Wight contains just part of the concert, but this release has a unique mix compared to the 2002 release of the entire performance on the album Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight.

Little Wing

“Little Wing” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. It is a slower tempo, rhythm and blues-inspired ballad featuring Hendrix’s vocal and guitar with recording studio effects accompanied by bass, drums, and glockenspiel. Lyrically, it is one of several of his songs that reference an idealized feminine or guardian angel-like figure. At about two and a half minutes in length, it is one of his most concise and melodically-focused pieces.

The origins of “Little Wing” have been traced back to the 1966 recording of “(My Girl) She’s a Fox”, an R&B song which features Hendrix playing Curtis Mayfield-influenced guitar accompaniment. He developed the song while performing in New York City’s Greenwich Village prior to his involvement with producer Chas Chandler. After being inspired by events at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Hendrix completed the song in October 1967, when it was recorded by the Experience during the sessions for their second album Axis: Bold as Love.

“Little Wing” was released with the Axis album in December 1967 in the UK and the following month in the US. As one of only two songs from the album to become part of the Experience’s concert repertoire, the Experience often performed it live and recordings were issued on early Hendrix posthumous albums Hendrix in the West in 1972 and The Jimi Hendrix Concerts in 1982. More recently, demo versions have been released as well as additional live renditions. “Little Wing” is one of Hendrix’s most popular songs and has become a standard, with interpretations recorded by musicians in a variety of styles. It is ranked number 366 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

If 6 Was 9

“If 6 Was 9” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It appeared on the release of their 1967 album Axis: Bold as Love and on the soundtrack for the 1969 film Easy Rider and the soundtrack for the 1991 film Point Break.

The style of the song has been referred to as “acid-fueled blues”.[1] The guitar solo is noteworthy for making innovative use of studio technology for the time, with stereo panning from left to right and vice versa, along with other effects, such as slap echo, fuzzbox distortion, and reverb. [2]

There is some confusion as to whether Hendrix played a flute or a soprano recorder on this track. The credits list Hendrix as playing flute, but recorder player Rodney Waterman and Joe Vanderford of Independent Weekly refer to Hendrix’s instrument as a recorder. Early music enthusiast Nicholas S. Lander maintains that “the high tessitura, the typical ‘breaking’ between octaves, and other characteristics are more suggestive of a soprano recorder.”[3]

I Don’t Live Today

“I Don’t Live Today” is a song by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, released on May 12, 1967, on the band’s debut album Are You Experienced. In honor of his Cherokee heritage, Hendrix dedicated the song to the American Indians and other minority groups.

Are You Experienced and its preceding singles were recorded over a five-month period from late October 1966 through early April 1967.[2] The album was completed in sixteen recording sessions at three London locations, including De Lane Lea Studios, CBS, and Olympic. Chas Chandler booked many of the sessions at Olympic because the facility was acoustically superior and equipped with most of the latest technology, though it was still using four-track recorders, whereas American studios were using eight-track.[3]

Highway Chile

“Highway Chile” is a song by English/American psychedelic rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featured as the B-side to their 1967 third United Kingdom single “The Wind Cries Mary”. The song was written by vocalist and guitarist Jimi Hendrix and later appeared on the international version of the compilation Smash Hits, released in April 1968.

The song was described, in the book Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy, as “a joyful autobiographical stomp,” explaining it as being a story of the pursuit of the American Dream.[1] Matthew Greenwald of Allmusic also talks about the song as autobiographical, claiming that “It’s easy to see that Hendrix was writing about himself here, and his life as a musician on the road in the R&B/soul “Chitlin’ Circuit,” and forming his own unique vision and style.”[2]

Musically, “Highway Chile” has been described as “A funky shuffle […] a great place for Hendrix’s mid-tempo, R&B riffing, based on a blues pattern.”[2] The song was released, both on “The Wind Cries Mary” and Smash Hits, in mono; a re-processed stereo version was released on War Heroes, it was made available in stereo for the first time when released on the box set The Jimi Hendrix Experience in September 2000.[2]

The use of the word “chile” is a deliberate misspelling of the word “child”, to mimic that Hendrix did not pronounce the end of the word, which he also used on the song “Voodoo Chile” from Electric Ladyland.

Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)

“Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)” is a song by English-American psychedelic rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featured on their 1968 third album Electric Ladyland. Written and produced by eponymous frontman Jimi Hendrix, the song acts as the title track of the album, as well as essentially the opening track following short instrumental intro “…And the Gods Made Love”.

The master recording of the song was produced at the Record Plant studio in New York City in May or June 1968,[1] with Hendrix providing the guitar, bass and vocal tracks, and Mitch Mitchell on drums and tambourine.[2] As with the rest of the album, production was led by Hendrix, while the engineering was handled by Eddie Kramer and studio owner Gary Kellgren.[2] The song was mixed at the Record Plant on 7 July.[3]

An alternative, instrumental version of the track – dubbed “Electric Lady Land” – was also recorded (one of seven takes of the song)[4] at the Record Plant on 14 June 1968 by Hendrix and Band of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles (although his track was later removed from the recording); the rendition was released by Polydor Records in 1974 as part of the posthumous studio album Loose Ends, produced by John Jansen.[5]

Freedom (Jimi Hendrix song)

“Freedom” is a Jimi Hendrix song released in 1971 from the album The Cry of Love. The album was released posthumously in 1971 and became a major hit. This was the only single released from the album and was somewhat successful on the charts, reaching number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[1] It is now one of the more popular songs in the Hendrix collection, and is a staple in many compilation works. It was later featured on the 1997 album First Rays of the New Rising Sun.

Foxy Lady

“Foxy Lady” (or alternatively “Foxey Lady”) is a song by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It first appeared on their 1967 debut album Are You Experienced and was later issued as their third single in the U.S. with the alternate spelling. It is one of Hendrix’s best-known songs and was frequently performed in concerts throughout his career. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at number 153 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Fire (The Jimi Hendrix Experience song)

“Fire” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in early 1967. It has been described as “an exercise in soul, psychedelic rock, and polyrhythmic jazz-inspired drumming” by AllMusic critic Matthew Greenwald.[1] The song was remixed in stereo for the American release of the album. In 1969, it was released as a stereo single in the UK with the title “Let Me Light Your Fire”. One of Hendrix’s most popular songs, he frequently played it in concert. Several live recordings have been released and the original song is included on numerous Hendrix compilations, such as Smash Hits, Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, and Fire: The Jimi Hendrix Collection.

Ezy Ryder

“Ezy Ryder” (sometimes written as “Easy Ryder” and “Ezee Ryeder”;[2] also known as “Slow”[3] and “Lullaby for the Summer”[4]) is a song by American rock musician Jimi Hendrix, featured on his 1971 first posthumous studio album The Cry Of Love. Written and produced by vocalist and guitarist Hendrix, the song’s lyrics are said to be inspired by the 1969 film of the same name;[5] The Jimi Hendrix Experience had previously contributed “If 6 Was 9” to the film’s soundtrack.[6]

Dolly Dagger

“Dolly Dagger” is a song written and recorded by Jimi Hendrix. It was first released on 9 October 1971 on the posthumous LP Rainbow Bridge, and on 23 October it was released on a single to promote the LP, backed with a solo rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. It peaked at no. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the last Hendrix single to break the charts.[1] The LP was released only to fulfill manager Mike Jeffery and Hendrix’ contract to give Reprise records a soundtrack album for the film Rainbow Bridge, for this reason several tracks that would otherwise have been released on The Cry Of Love were used.

Although labeled as an “Original Soundtrack”, it did not feature any music from the original film and was made available only through Reprise Records. The B side of this single was “Night Bird Flying” which was released as the B side of the final UK studio single “Angel”. The song was written for Hendrix’ girlfriend, groupie Devon Wilson.

Burning of the Midnight Lamp

“Burning of the Midnight Lamp” is a song by English-American psychedelic rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featured on their 1968 third album Electric Ladyland. Written by eponymous frontman Jimi Hendrix and produced by band manager Chas Chandler, the song features R&B group Sweet Inspirations on backing vocals, and was released as a standalone single in Europe in August 1967 before later featuring on Electric Ladyland the following year.

Castles Made of Sand (song)

“Castles Made of Sand” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience for their 1967 second album, Axis: Bold as Love. Produced by manager Chas Chandler, the song is a biographical story about Hendrix’s childhood, and was recorded towards the end of the production cycle for Axis: Bold as Love.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience began and finished work on the recording for “Castles Made of Sand” at London’s Olympic Sound Studios on October 29, 1967, the penultimate day of recording for Axis: Bold as Love on which the songs “Up from the Skies”, “Bold as Love”, “One Rainy Wish” and “EXP” were also completed.[2] As with the rest of the album, “Castles Made of Sand” was produced by Chas Chandler and engineered by Eddie Kramer,[3] and was mixed at Olympic on October 31.[2]

Bold as Love (song)

“Bold as Love” is the title track to Axis: Bold as Love, second album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The song, which closes the album, was written by Jimi Hendrix and produced by band manager Chas Chandler.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience began work on “Bold as Love” in October 1967 at London’s Olympic Sound Studios, recording a number of instrumental backing tracks in an initial session dedicated to the song on October 4.[2] Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell also spent the following day’s session focused on the track, recording over 20 different takes and four different endings throughout the day before eventually settling on a combination of takes 21 and 27 for the master recording.[2] After diverting attention to other songs set for the album, the band returned to finish work on “Bold as Love” on October 29, completing “Up from the Skies”, “Castles Made of Sand”, “One Rainy Wish” and “EXP” in the same session.[3] As with the rest of the album, “Bold as Love” was produced by Chas Chandler and engineered by Eddie Kramer.[4]

Bleeding Heart (song)

“Bleeding Heart” (sometimes called “(My) Bleeding Heart”) is a song written and recorded by American blues musician Elmore James in 1961. Considered “among the greatest of James’ songs”,[1] “Bleeding Heart” was later popularized by Jimi Hendrix, who recorded several versions of the song.

“Bleeding Heart” is a slow-tempo twelve-bar blues that features Elmore James’ vocal and slide guitar. It was recorded during one of his last recording sessions and has session musicians providing accompaniment, instead of James’ regular band the “Broomdusters”. According to producer Bobby Robinson, it was his idea to record James with a “big band sound” and to hire band leader Paul Williams to arrange the horn section.[2] The song opens with one of James’ more memorable verses:[3]

Are You Experienced? (song)

“Are You Experienced?” is the title song for the Jimi Hendrix Experience 1967 debut album. It has been called one of Jimi Hendrix’s most original compositions on the album by writer Keith Shadwick.[1] The song is largely based on one chord and has a drone-like quality reminiscent of Indian classical music.[2] It features recorded guitar and drum parts that are played backwards and a repeating piano chord, but no bass. Live recordings from 1968 are found on The Jimi Hendrix Concerts album and Winterland box set.

Angel (Jimi Hendrix song)

“Angel” is a song by American psychedelic rock musician Jimi Hendrix, featured on his 1971 posthumous studio album The Cry of Love. Written and self-produced by Hendrix, the song was recorded for the guitarist’s unreleased fourth studio album just months before he died in September 1970, and was later released as the lead single from his first posthumous studio album in the United Kingdom.

All Along the Watchtower

“All Along the Watchtower” is a song written and recorded by the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. The song initially appeared on his 1967 album John Wesley Harding, and it has been included on most of Dylan’s subsequent greatest hits compilations. Since the late 1970s, he has performed it in concert more than any of his other songs. Different versions appear on four of Dylan’s live albums.[1]

Covered by numerous artists in various genres, “All Along the Watchtower” is strongly identified with the interpretation Jimi Hendrix recorded for Electric Ladyland with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.[2] The Hendrix version, released six months after Dylan’s original recording, became a Top 20 single in 1968 and was ranked 47th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Third Stone from the Sun

“Third Stone from the Sun” (also styled as “3rd Stone from the Sun”) is a song by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was written by Jimi Hendrix and included on the 1967 Are You Experienced album. It is mostly an instrumental, but includes brief spoken passages by Hendrix over the music. Elements of jazz are heard in the Wes Montgomery-style octave guitar melody line and Mitch Mitchell’s Elvin Jones-influenced drumming.[1] The title is a reference to Earth in its position as the third planet away from the sun in the Solar System.

Voice recordings of Hendrix and his manager Chas Chandler are heard at a slower speed.[1] At normal speed, the dialogue includes

Hendrix : Star fleet to scout ship, please give your position. Over.

Chandler : I am in orbit around the third planet of star known as sun. Over.

Hendrix : May this be Earth? Over.

Chandler : Positive. It is known to have some form of intelligent species. Over.

Hendrix : I think we should take a look (Jimi then makes vocal spaceship noises).

Towards the end of the song, Hendrix’s science-fiction character intones, “To you I shall put an end, then you’ll never hear surf music again.”[1] According to Dick Dale, the “King of the Surf Guitar”, it was Hendrix’s way of encouraging his recuperation when Dale was seriously ill.[2] Dale later recorded the piece as a tribute to Hendrix.

1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)

“1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)” is a song by English-American psychedelic rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featured on their 1968 third album Electric Ladyland. Written and produced by eponymous frontman Jimi Hendrix, the song features flute player Chris Wood of progressive rock band Traffic, and at over 13 minutes in duration is the second longest track ever released by the group (after “Voodoo Chile”).

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