I can respect the many diverse artists who want to pay homage to the legendary Jimi Hendrix. Jimi's music certainly appealed to a wide audience. However there is a big difference between liking Jimi Hendrix's music and playing it effectively. This disc (with a few exceptions) falls short of its mark.
There are many stylings that just sound inappropraite. The Cure's synthesizer driven version of Purple Haze lacks the drive and energy of the original. Nigel Kennedy's take on Fire sounds disjointed from start to finish. Are those mandolins on that track? If so it just sounds extremely inappropriate. And I'm sorry, Fire just does not work as an instrumental. Pat Metheny's Third Stone From The Sun sounds undistinguishable as does Paul Rodgers and Slash doing I Don't Live Today. I am usually a big fan of Paul Rodgers' voice. But somehow his style does not blend in on a Hendrix tune. Most of the other tunes just don't add anything special. Buddy Guy's take on Red House is a perfect example. The notes on the guitar solo just like the edge that Hendrix did on his original.
There are a few pluses. Eric Clapton comes thru with a spirited version of Stone Free. Good solos and a great tone from EC. Living Color is on the money with their version of Crosstown Traffic. Some good vocals and arragements. The Pretenders, PM Dawn, and Belly hit their mark as well. The rest is nothing special. Therefore, the count of good to nothing special or even bad is about 5 to 9. Thats not even if if 6 was 9. So much for a play on a Hendrix song. Just pass on this tribute and listen to a recording by the master, Jimi Hendrix himself.
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