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14 April 1969 marked the last recording session by the original Jimi Hendrix Experience, and it yielded this mid-tempo, never-before-released track.
At first, Jimi’s main chordal guitar riff sounds like he’s being backed by a Hammond B3. In reality, he fed his rhythm guitar through a Leslie speaker, creating a jumping, hallucinatory effect.
Even so, Ships Passing Through The Night is perhaps this album's weakest offering. Too much of the time, it feels like Hendrix is trying to fight his way out of a box, as if he can somehow will his divine solo passages to complete the song’s fractured structure. He doesn’t get there all the way, but as always, his playing is charged with guts and determination.