We were just jamming
One of the great advantages of a streaming system is that it is possible to make a playlist that includes all your recommendations. This is what I did with the 27 songs by Jimi Hendrix [from MOJO 285’s cover story]. I got about halfway through it before my wife came home. She is not a Hendrix fan so I was forced to abandon my listening prematurely and listened instead to [all-female harmony trio] Applewood Road. However, I would like to make a few comments. Firstly, track number 10 – Are You Experienced – everything is NOT backwards; there are elements of the song, apart from the vocals, that are forwards – including the guitar break towards the end of the song. Try playing the song backwards if you don’t believe me. Track number 20 – Voodoo Child (Slight Return), and Track Number 22 – The Star-Spangled Banner – are pretty much unlistenable. I can understand why they were chosen but I would substitute the Voodoo Chile blues jam for the former and the version of Star-Spangled Banner from Rainbow Bridge for the latter. I would also have liked to see (hear?) Room Full Of Mirrors, though I would be hard-pressed to decide which song should be replaced.
I was fortunate enough to see Jimi play in Golders Green in early 1967. I had heard Hey Joe but it didn’t do all that much for me and a friend ’phoned me and asked me if I wanted to go and see Hendrix. I was ambivalent since it meant spending a sizeable amount of my pocket money but I reluctantly agreed – and I was enthralled. I don’t think I have listened to Hendrix during the last decade. Thank you for re-awakening my interest. The next time Mrs M goes out, I shall return to the playlist (although I shall omit 20 and 22 – or substitute my choices). Julian Marsh, Hants, via email