Did Jimi “Kill” Clapton?

Who shows up to a Cream concert and request to jam with Eric Clapton? NO ONE… unless of course you’re Jimi Hendrix– and that is exactly what he did.

At a time when Cream was at the top of the food chain, they were untouchable. Clapton was a mere mortal among his peers. A Rock God if you will…

Jimi plugged in and blew the entire band away. He ended up playing a song (Killing Floor), that even Clapton had expressed he had not been a fan of playing because of it’s difficulty. Jimi played his bum off, and owned the entire song. He had played with his teeth, behind his head- Jimi had quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

He had come on stage, and cutoff Clapton. CUT OFF, CLAPTON. Who was this kid? Did Jimi kill Clapton, or was he simply honoring one of his idols? You be the judge.

 

Killing Floor Lyrics Below

I shoulda quit you, a long time ago,
I shoulda quit you, baby, a long time ago,
I shoulda quit you pretty baby, and went on to Mexico.
If I had’a followed, my right mind,
If I had’a followed, my right mind,
I’da been on the border, my second time.

If I had’a went on, when my best friend come at me,
If I had’a went on, when my best friend come at me,
Lord, I wouldn’t be here tonight, down on the killin’ floor.

If I had’a went on, when my friend come at me,
If I had’a went on, when my best friend come at me,
I wouldn’t be here tonight, down on the killin’ floor.

God knows, I shoulda went on,
God knows, I shoulda went on,
And I wouldn’t be here tonight, down on the killin’ floor.

Did Jimi Kill Eric Clapton?

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland

Jimi Hendrix was so much more than just a gifted guitarist. With his final studio album, 1968’s double disc opus Electric Ladyland, Hendrix exploded the boundaries of what was possible in a recording studio.

Assisted by ace engineer Eddie Kramer, Hendrix was able to utilize every aspect of the limited (though state of the art for the time) amount of tracks available, seemingly inventing sounds out of thin air and panning them left to right and surrounding the listener with a dense array of sonic textures.

Jimi had influences just like any other artist, but what set him apart was the fact that there was really no precedent for much of what he did in his short career. He had such a vivid musical imagination, and he found ways to make his visions come to life. Guitar effects pedals were invented from ideas he had and was able to communicate to the manufacturers.

In addition to all this innovative playing, the Experience also gathered some top notch guest stars, like Steve Winwood, Jack Casady, Chris Wood, Al Kooper, and Buddy Miles.

Jimi’s writing and singing always lived in the shadow of his playing, but he both wrote and sang some great stuff on Electric Ladyland. Voodoo Chile, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Gypsy Eyes, House Burning Down, Crosstown Traffic, 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be), Burning Of The Midnight Lamp, and Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) were all great pieces of work, but of course his iconic cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower was the song that drew the most attention. It was so good that Dylan himself started performing Hendrix’s arrangement of it in his own concerts.

Electric Ladyland stands as a monumental achievement of the psychedelic ’60’s, and a testament to Jimi Hendrix’s lasting status as one of the greatest guitarists (and musicians) in history.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

JIMI HENDRIX: RAINBOW BRIDGE

Rainbow Bridge by Jimi Hendrix was the second album released following his death in 1970.

It was compiled of odds and ends, some of which were intended for a double album he was working on before he passed away. This was actually the very first music I ever heard of Jimi.

I bought it out of a bargain bin along with Muswell Hillbillies by the Kinks.

I paid $1.99 for the Kinks album and got Rainbow Bridge for a penny. Pretty good haul for 2 dollars, even back in the day!

I will never forget dropping the needle onto the vinyl and

hearing the opening track, Dolly Dagger, for the first time.

Absolutely mind blowing…Hendrix was preparing to enter the new decade with a hard rocking funk edge to his playing and the groove on that song is totally SICK! It still ranks as one of my all time favorite songs by the master of the Stratocaster.

Other monumental songs included an epic 11 minute live version of Hear My Train A Comin’, a multi-tracked studio version of The Star Spangled Banner, a couple of songs recorded with Band Of Gypsys (Earth Blues and Room Full Of Mirrors), plus a completely sublime instrumental track called Pali Gap, in which Jimi weaved two tracks of himself playing lead that intertwine throughout the song.

The final song on the album was obviously a work in progress, but Hendrix’s rough cuts were better than most people’s finished products.

This one was called Hey Baby (New Rising Sun).

Needless to say, that was the best penny I ever spent, because it was my introduction to one of my biggest musical inspirations of all time.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Okay, so I was only 5 years old when it came out, but Axis: Bold As Love by The Jimi Hendrix Experience has influenced my entire adult life as a guitarist, songwriter, and musician. It is rather mind boggling to conceive of the fact that Jimi released this album in the same magical year that produced his debut, Are You Experienced? I chose the second album for various reasons, but both are monumental in the development of rock music. Some of the songs on Axis that resonate most powerfully with me are the ballads; Little Wing, Castles Made Of Sand, One Rainy Wish…these are great compositions by a man who is known primarily for (justifiable) guitar heroics. Up From The Skies, Spanish Castle Magic, and If 6 Was 9 feature some subtle blues, harder rocking, and psychedelia. The crown jewel of the album, though, is the glorious title track, featuring some of Jimi’s best lyrics ever, and some soaring lead guitar for the ages.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind