Uncle Roddus CD Of The Week
This weeks CD from my collection is yet another in the hugely vast array of Hendrix compilations. A massive cash cow, Jimi's back catalogue has been used and abused by all sorts of profiteering individuals and organisations. You can only own several Hendrix compilations before you start recycling songs over and over again but there will always be a small handful of releases that stand out above the rest and I think "Blues" is one of them. Jimi's psychedelic classic rock was rooted firmly in the blues and this well chosen and sequenced set shows James Marshall giving us some of his best Blues chops with some of his own compositions mixed with some blues covers. After kicking off with an acoustic version of Jimi's own "Hear My Train Comin' ", we get treated to a fabulous instrumental version of "Born Under A Bad Sign". There are two Muddy Waters songs here and one wonders what Muddy thought of Jimi Tearing up the blues like that. Plenty of the usual Hendrix guitar pyrotechnics through out this collection makes for a great collection for any Jimi fan with several of the tracks stretching out past 6 or 7 minutes and sounding like live recordings. It is pretty hard to go past Hendrix for the most powerful guitar music ever put down on tape and with 11 examples clocking in at 72 minutes you can't go wrong. Rating 4.5/5.