“Even though I’m not ranking the albums sequentially, this one would be my top pick. It’s the guitar bible. Basically, it’s Jimi saying, ‘This is how it’s done. This is where the guitar can go, in all of the colors that are available.’ It’s like looking at a Rembrandt or a Van Gogh – his playing was that expressive.
“The sounds are incredible – they just leap out at you – and they’re probably helped by the tubes, the recording tapes, the fuzz boxes. Everything feels very alive.
“I got into the record when I was pretty young; I think I was seven years old, and I convinced my parents to by it for me when we were on vacation. It was probably the second album I ever owned – the first being Help! by The Beatles. The textures are so vibrant. It's such a rich tapestry of music, and it’s all driven by Jimi, his guitar and his resonant ideas.”