Saturday, March 3, 2012

10 good Hendrix covers

 Of course many artists have covered Jimi Hendrix songs , with mixed results. 

Here are 10 good ones.

Chrissie Hynde is a huge Hendrix fan. She has covered a couple of his songs. I think this one is my favorite Hendrix cover ever. 
The original always sounded unfinished (I guess it was. it didn't come out until after his death) and I had trouble telling whether it was supposed to be in major or minor key!! I've got a decent ear, but Hendrix's version never sounded quite right or special to me. 
Chrissie and the boys took it and really made it something. Robbie McIntosh is a tour-de-force on slide guitar and Martin Chambers propels the song along on drums (before Chrissie kicked him out of the band!)

                                    The Pretenders "Room Full of Mirrors"


  Eric Clapton was a contemporary and friend of Hendrix . Here he covers one from "Electric Ladyland"

                                               "Burning of the Midnight Lamp"


Eric Johnson is a disciple of the Clapton/Beck/Hendrix school of guitar playing. He does some excellent Hendrix covers. 
This one is a little less known from "Are You Experienced"

                                                           "Love or Confusion"


  Paul Rodgers is one of the greatest singers in the history of rock. He was the lead singer of Free, Bad Company, The Firm and in recent years even worked with Queen as their lead singer. The man is a legend. Here he teams up with Slash to cover:

                                                               "I Don't Live Today"


Doyle Bramhall II has lived an interesting life. 
His dad was Stevie Ray Vaughn's best friend. 
By 18 he was in the Fabulous Thunderbirds
He formed the Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton to record a successful album before rumored drug problems derailed him. 

He got back on his feet and toured with Roger Waters and Eric Clapton.
 He was married to Prince's former muse Susannah Melvoin for a time.
 He recently produced Sheryl Crow (and is rumored to be dating her).
Here he digs in on Hendrix's wonderful song "Angel"




Emmylou Harris seems an unlikely candidate to cover Jimi Hendrix but her "Wrecking Ball" cd was produced by the great Daniel Lanois and he is a huge Hendrix fan.
                         This is a nice cover of 
                                   "May this Be Love"

Dave Mason was a singer/guitarist in the group Traffic. He was also a friend of Jimi Hendrix. Apparently he played bass on some of the takes of "All Along the Watchtower" and he played the acoustic guitar on other takes?
Ok, I know this is a Dylan song, but Hendrix basically reinvented it and made it his own.

                                                  "All Along the Watchtower"


Well you gotta have some SRV in here! Stevie was a Hendrix freak and was the most exciting blues based guitarist to hit the scene since Hendrix's death. Stevie covered a number of Jimi's tunes. 
He didn't just cover them he inhabited them!

Stevie Ray Vaughn "Voodoo Chile" (Slight Return)

Here's another from Eric Johnson

      The title track of Hendrix's 1967 debut LP

                               "Are You Experienced"


I'm going to go out the way I came in, with one from 
 Chrissie and The Pretenders

One of my favorites, maybe my favorite Jimi Hendrix song ever.

                                      "Bold as Love"


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