Chris lives in Austin, TX, where he once shook Willie Nelson's hand.

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  1. Jaybird says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve listened to 1983 and, this time, I explicitly listened to that opening riff and… I heard at least three songs in there. For, like, Guns and Roses, that’d a riff that makes a single. For Jimi? It’s something he did as he was wandering to the opening verse. (mind blown)

    Burning of the Midnight Lamp is, I may have mentioned, my absolute favorite Jimi song. He’s got the almost-but-not-quite-Gospel choir behind him, he’s bending the strings and making the guitar feel like it’s talking, and a silly little line that sounds laughable in the day and profound when the lights are out at night: “Loneliness is such a drag.”

    “What could have been?”
    I’ve heard it said that one of the reasons we love Jimi (and Joplin, and Jim) so much is because we never got to see him (them) go on to make their own “Wings”. I’d have loved to see what Jimi could have done with a computer, though.Report

    • Chris in reply to Jaybird says:

      I wonder where Hendrix would have gone, if he’d lived. I mean, we know where he was going, which was definitely different, and we know that he had a thing for jazz that was becoming more prevalent. I imagine him working with someone like Davis in the 70s, or putting out an album of blues standards, and then putting out another double album that’s even more mind-blowing that Ladyland.Report

  2. Pinky says:

    Stevie Ray Vaughn has definitely played the song better than he did in that clip. That was too fast. To be honest, when Stevie was “on”, I think he did the song better than Hendrix. If you listen to some Hendrix bootlegs, he wasn’t always “on” either.

    I look at Alvin Lee and Carlos Santana as two other great guitarists who took off after Woodstock. They both did some amazing music afterwards, but also had some weak stretches. I suppose that’s inevitable when you push the boundaries. I imagine that Hendrix would have had the same track record. I don’t know if I’d say that Electric Ladyland was the best Hendrix album, but boy it’s hard to argue against “All Along The Watchtower”.Report

    • Chris in reply to Pinky says:

      Eh, I’ve heard a bunch of his live versions, and of course the studio version, and they all have the same problem: they’re just straight covers, with maybe a little bluesification. Hendrix was pushing musical boundaries, and Vaughan was just pushing technical ones.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Chris says:

        While I’m nowhere near a fan, I do think that Stevie Ray Vaughn is actually approximating feeling something when he plays. As such, I know very much why SRV would choose to play the music he’s playing… I just don’t know why I’d choose to listen to SRV instead of Jimi.

        (That makes me think of Great White’s bloodless cover of “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”. Note for note reproduction of the song… but there’s nothing under the notes. Worth listening to only as an example of what the 80’s did to the 70’s.)Report

      • Pinky in reply to Chris says:

        I scoff at your “eh”. Actually, I Eh at your “eh”. Hendrix does the song bluesy, but Stevie Ray makes it rock. Ironic, but true. Harder-driving, more tension. Although, to be fair, I think a lot of the credit goes to Double Trouble, who know where he’s going and stay right on top of it.Report

      • Chris in reply to Chris says:

        Living in Austin, with The Statute, there was a time when every station but sports radio played at least two SRV songs per hour. I was never a fan, but overexposure has made me an anti-fan. I can’t hear anything but bombast.

        Double Trouble put out an album in the early Aughts that was good, though.Report

      • Pinky in reply to Chris says:

        I can believe that. I lived near on the Jersey side of PA when “Born in the USA” came out. (shudders)Report