Jimi had begun formulating this original in 1967, and that year he cut an impromptu 12-string acoustic version that has been featured on several releases. But this full band rendition, recorded at the Record Plant in April of ’69 with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, is earth-shaking electric blues, and it serves as definitive proof that, despite the rancor that may have been dividing them, the Experience could still get the job done.
In addition to pulling off some of his finest, full-throated singing, Hendrix scats impressively over a portion of the frenzied, off-the-rails guitar solo. But the real fun starts at the six-minute mark when he slows things down and lets his amp snap, crackle and pop. The man’s tireless quest for the sonic unknown is the heart and soul of this seven-minute-plus masterpiece.