Little Wing (Hendrix) (1967)

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Axis: Bold As Love
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Did someone say, “Psychedelic Blues”? Did someone say, “melting interior monolog”? Did someone say, “Everything Jimi did had a sort of orange acid, cheerful-morose atmosphere lurking about, bad angels and good angels plucking the same expanding guitar”?

Oh righty-o,we’re saying it.

Shifting phaser-like effects, the watery wah-wah, odd-beats drumming and Jimi’s hallucinatory vocals mix up deliciously into a potent electric cocktail. Shake-uh-shake-uh.

Although the musical seeds were planted some time before, the vision of an apparently vision-like girl in the crowd at the storied Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 was the catalyst for this “hey-ma-I’m-peaking-on-C20H26N2O” masterpiece. 

Whoosh. It’s sexier than Clapton’s version with Derek & The Dominos, but it’s not as emotional. Hendrix grabs the spiritual side of it, Eric beats the hell out of the broken-down blue side. Pick your appropriate dosage and carry on.

Well she’s walking through the clouds
With a circus mind that’s running wild
Butterflies and Zebras
And Moonbeams and fairy tales
That’s all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind

When I’m sad, she comes to me
With a thousand smiles she gives to me free
It’s alright, she says it’s alright
Take anything you want from me
Fly on little wing