Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix Review

artist: Jimi Hendrix date: 01/09/2007 category: compact discs
Jimi Hendrix: Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix
Release Date: Nov 3, 1998
Label: MCA
Genres: Album Rock, Rock & Roll, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic, Psychedelic Soul, Acid Rock
Number Of Tracks: 20
This compilation just misses being the perfect single-CD Jimi Hendrix anthology, and it's a crying shame because it comes so close.
 Sound: 9.7
 Lyrics: 8.3
 Overall Impression: 8.7
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overall: 8.3
Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix Reviewed by: krymson, on december 06, 2006
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Sound: Jimi's greatest hits, great place to start for one of rocks greatest guitarists. The CD features Jimi's singature guitar style, along with his distinct vocal proformance. Although the guitar is the main focus of most of the songs, the drumming and bass does it's job while still doing it's job. The music is very blues (espicially by the black blues musicians of the '50s and '60s) influenced and features some beautiful and rocking soloes by Jimi. The guitar also features many different technics and effects used by Jimi. Song range from upbeat "Crosstown Traffic" to phychedelic/chill "Little Wing". // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics are pretty cool. There are songs about a varuety of topics that include, running people over, tripping, being in love, killing and more tripping. Overall, the lyrics fit the songs perfectly, if the lyrics are serious, you'll know before the singing even starts. As far as singing goes Jimi sounds great. His voice really shines on "All Along The Watch Tower" and "Little Wing" My only beef with the singing is that the backup vocals in "Crosstown Traffic" get a bit annoying after awhile. The lyrics may not be deep but they fit the music very well. // 8

Overall Impression: This ia a great album to get started on. It has all of Jimi's classic tunes along with a few you may not of heard of. The most imperssive songs on the album are the more chill songs like "Little Wing," "Castles Made Of Song" and songs that have really rememorable riffs like "Freedom" and "Voodoo Child". I would recommend this to any phychedelic fan, or someone who just wants to get started on Jimi Hendrix. You may not fall in love with all the songs right away but, there are a few songs that will grow on you after awhile. // 8

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overall: 9.3
Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix Reviewed by: Godbe, on december 11, 2006
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Sound: Well the fact that this is Hendrix's "The Best Of Hendrix" speaks for itself. This album is a prime example of the revolutionary Hendrix sound, from the psychedelic riffs of "Purple Haze", to the softer softer side of "Castles Made Of Sand". The track list is amzaingly organised, the favoured classics such as "Fire" and "Hey Joe" being split up by the less well known tracks such as "Stone Free" and "Night Bird Flying". But the virtuosity of each band member shines through on each track, but blending well together to form a sound as a band, rather than individual musicians. // 10

Lyrics: Well Hendrix wasn't too confident in his singing abilities, but that shows in no way. He delivers a solid vocal performance on all the tracks, with the occasional slip up or wrong note, just adding to the classical sound of the album (such as the quiet coughing on "Foxy Lady"). Though his lyrics aren't subtle or clever, they deliver an emotional message conveyed by the brilliant story telling skills of Hendrix, which shows through brilliantly, particularly on "Little Wing" and the fantastic 12 bar blues song "Red House". // 9

Overall Impression: I am a little dissapointed that some songs are missed out on this album, but for 10 you can't expect his whole back catologue. This album is a must buy for any guitarist or even anyone who has a general interest in music, it is just that brilliant. I was particularly impressed by the booklet inside that contained a list of musicians and instruments on each track, as well as the backstory of how each song was devised and put together. I don't buy many albums, but I'm very glad I bought this; it's been in my CD player for a good few months now. // 9

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overall: 9
Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix Reviewed by: aj621311, on january 09, 2007
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Sound: The is a mixture of types of music on the CD from groovy bass lines such as 'Fire' or great guitar riffs such as in 'Purple Haze' or 'Voodoo Child'. Also one of THE BEST slow rock songs 'Little Wing'. Fans of blues, rock, jazz, maybe even some heavier rock will enjoy the greatest songs of one of the greatest guitar players in the world, the legend, Jimi Hendrix. // 10

Lyrics: Jimi Hendrix was not the best with the lyrics or singing, but he was an excellent rock/blues singer. Most of the lyrics were about love (after all Jimi had a lot of girl firends). The lyrics weren't that bad though. Everything blended into a CD of great must own songs. // 8

Overall Impression: Jimi Hendrix is a legend and still popular today. The most impressive songs were Purple Haze, Fire, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Little Wing, Voodoo Child, and the live version of the Star Spangeled Banner live at woodstock. I loved the great songs for drums, bass, and guitar. They should have incluede the songs 'Are you Experienced? ', 'Voodoo Chile', and the normal version of 'Voodoo Child' (not the "Slight Return One." If it was lost or stolen I would rebuy it because it's a Hendrix's fan must own and higly recommended to guitar players to expand their skill. // 9

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