This is my all time favorite Hendrix song. To quote Joe Satriani:
"It's just the greatest piece of electric guitar work ever recorded. In fact, the whole song could be considered the holy grail of guitar expression and technique. It is a beacon of humanity."I couldn't find a better wording myself. First heard it when I was about 13 years old, and I instantly fell in love with it. A true rollercoaster ride.
The great thing is, there are many live versions of this song, each completely different than the other. And that's what makes it such a joy listening to this amazing song. Every version is epic, but oh so different. This has to be my favorite version though. It was recorded at the Fillmore East on December 31st, 1969. This was when Hendrix was in Band of Gypsys, with the awesome Buddy Miles and Billy Cox.
I always liked Buddy's drumming better than Mitchell's, but that comes down to personal taste. It's also worth checking out the other Fillmore East songs, because Buddy Miles' singing mixed with Hendrix' guitarwork is truly breathtaking.
PS: have to point out the great jam playing from 2:40 to around 2:47!
I hope you'll enjoy this as much as I do.