Tracked at Olympia in February 1969, this song, once called In From The Storm, like Mr Bad Luck, received rhythmic updates from Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding in 1987.
Over what begins as a simmering piece of low-down blues, Hendrix doesn’t so much play the guitar as he acts with it, and he’s a authoritative communicator. Towards the three-quarter mark, the pace quickens and Jimi, using a relatively clean tone on his amp, goes wild on double-stop bends and a flurry of bass-note runs.
Musicianship aside, the song comes off as unfinished; its fade seems artificial, and after such an exhilarating ride, it's only natural to expect a rousing climax, a big bang. But an ellipsis in Jimi Hendrix's world is an exclamation point in anybody else's, and it leaves one to ponder what might still be left in the vaults. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long to find out.
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