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Jimi Hendrix — Angel
Album: Cry Of Love
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Total ratings: 1896








Released: 1971
Length: 4:08
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Angel came down from heaven yesterday
She stayed with me just long enough to rescue me
And she told me a story yesterday
About the sweet love between the moon and the deep blue sea
And then she spread her wings high over me
She said she's gonna come back tomorrow

And I said, "Fly on, my sweet angel
Fly on through the sky
Fly on, my sweet angel
Tomorrow I'm gonna be by your side"

Sure enough, this morning came unto me
Silver wings silhouetted against the child's sunrise
And my angel, she said unto me
"Today is the day for you to rise
Take my hand, you're gonna be my man
You're gonna rise"
And then she took me high over yonder

And I said, "Fly on, my sweet angel
Fly on through the sky
Fly on, my sweet angel
Forever I will be by your side"
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I just finished a full playthrough of this album for about the millionth time, switched to RP and I get a reprise...thank you very much.
 LizK wrote:

Where does one start? The horrendous mortality - one person dies in the US from OD every 19 minutes.  The waste of human talent- lives that might have produced wonderful art, or engineering, or just a better filing system - never realized.  The destruction of families, including the deaths of children and overburdening of grandparents who take up parental responsibilities from irresponsible, addicted offspring. Overloading institutions - hospitals, police, social services, DEA.  Disruption of our foreign policy - with Afghanistan, Mexico, Colombia & Peru - to deal with the wrenches created by the economic impact of drugs. Not good or bad?  Hard to think of any good.
 

I totally get where you're coming from. And yet... I read once that Life is like a train speeding towards death and taking drugs is like stepping off the train for a few moments. Along those same lines, taking drugs can open doors to creativity you may not have had access to otherwise. 

I think it's more like anything done to excess is dangerous. Granted, due to genetics and personalities, some are more inclined to addiction and excess than others - for them drugs pose a great danger. 

Drug abuse is a terrible thing, costing many broken lives and countless dollars. But as someone who has had many magical experiences with drugs, it is not hard at all for me to think of some good aspects.

Drinking a glass of wine and chugging a bottle of vodka are the same drug, but one is abuse and the other is wonderful human experience.
 sfyi2001 wrote:

 
Prophetic song of Hendrix's  untimely death -
one of the more amazing JH tracks
I  recently shared with a church group that music is part of my spiritual journey and that I believe many musicians are conduits for The Lord.
Jimi Hendrix gave us what he received from above.
Hell, if that was coming through me, I'd be doing drugs all the time too...
Weed legal now.
Came here to rate this "10."  Didn't need to--turns out I've already done that.
Rating 7 down to 3
Rating only 7 from me
Some of guitar reminds Yes in Starship Trooper.
 LizK wrote:

Where does one start? The horrendous mortality - one person dies in the US from OD every 19 minutes.  The waste of human talent- lives that might have produced wonderful art, or engineering, or just a better filing system - never realized.  The destruction of families, including the deaths of children and overburdening of grandparents who take up parental responsibilities from irresponsible, addicted offspring. Overloading institutions - hospitals, police, social services, DEA.  Disruption of our foreign policy - with Afghanistan, Mexico, Colombia & Peru - to deal with the wrenches created by the economic impact of drugs. Not good or bad?  Hard to think of any good.

 
Maybe one shouldn't start?

One person dies as a result of alcohol abuse every 5.7 minutes.  The waste of human talent that might have been, never realized.  All of the aforementioned institutions are also overburdened by the abuse of alcohol.   

....and yet alcohol is legally consumed. 



 ARTICULA wrote:
Why do some people give a rat's ass whether someome used or uses drugs (or not). Louie Armstrong smoked pot, Ray Charles used heroin. They were amazing and wonderful human beings, great artists and productive citizens. Drugs are part of the universe just like anything else. They are not good or bad.

 
Where does one start? The horrendous mortality - one person dies in the US from OD every 19 minutes.  The waste of human talent- lives that might have produced wonderful art, or engineering, or just a better filing system - never realized.  The destruction of families, including the deaths of children and overburdening of grandparents who take up parental responsibilities from irresponsible, addicted offspring. Overloading institutions - hospitals, police, social services, DEA.  Disruption of our foreign policy - with Afghanistan, Mexico, Colombia & Peru - to deal with the wrenches created by the economic impact of drugs. Not good or bad?  Hard to think of any good.
 ARTICULA wrote:
Why do some people give a rat's ass whether someome used or uses drugs (or not). Louie Armstrong smoked pot, Ray Charles used heroin. They were amazing and wonderful human beings, great artists and productive citizens. Drugs are part of the universe just like anything else. They are not good or bad.

 

I guess you don't know any heroin addicts or their mothers.  They might tell you differently.
Prophetic song of Jimmy's untimely death
 MassivRuss wrote:

Age-ist much? Damn dude, we over(mumbles a number) crowd come here to hear what you young rascals are listening to. Grant us the same open consideration for these inspired classics.

Now get off our lawn, before I get my varmint gun!

 
The "young rascal" you were responding to appears to be about eight years older than you are, if the information on the profile pages for you and him is accurate.  Maybe you're on the wrong lawn.
a shame Hendrix couldn't finish this album 
and i wonder where he would have gone next 
.
from what i have heard on his last live recordings and some of what's on this album i think we would have liked it 
 SmileOnADog wrote:

As a grey haired dude who has seen Kansas, Yes, and the Doobies in the last year, yes I'd have to say our intergenerational critic is on to something...  

{#Clap} 

 
As a soon to be grey hair (pushing 60) I'd have to say that I stopped seeing the older bands due to them being way past their "freshness date" and in general being an embarrassment. There are way too many newer bands to listen to now and to enjoy. Having said that, I still love this song and gave it an 9.
 rdo wrote:

{#Shhh}, you have just told the truth.

 
As a grey haired dude who has seen Kansas, Yes, and the Doobies in the last year, yes I'd have to say our intergenerational critic is on to something...  

{#Clap} 
Funny, but of all JH songs, it's songs like Angel, Drifting, that now sound best to me of all.
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this song...
Just watched the American Masters on Jimi - the thing you walk away with is that the guy never went anywhere sansaxe.
 BrightonGuy wrote:
 Poacher wrote:

Well I have given it a generous 4 - does that help? 

I seriously can't understand peoples appeal of this track. I'll defend their right to have their opinion of course, but compared to, well, virtually anything played on RP this (to me) is flat, dull, and drones on and on and on.  

i'm not being intentionally rude but I assume that a great many folks who listen to RP are of a certain age, and that it's simply misty-eyed nostalgia that drives vintage tracks like this one to the top of the ratings, while newer, innovative and adventurous music routinely gets a rough ride from the silver-haired brigade and languishes undeservedly lower down. What say you Bill?

 
{#Shhh}, you have just told the truth.
 Dosequis wrote:
This guy is OK. 
                         But man, Jeff Beck is my guitar God!!

 
...... agree, JB is the best rock guitarist of his generation
Thank you for giving us such an awesome song Jimi, and thanks for playing it Bill!
This guy is OK. 
                         But man, Jeff Beck is my guitar God!!
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.  Actually, freakin' wonderful.
 BrightonGuy wrote:
 Poacher wrote:

Well I have given it a generous 4 - does that help? 

I seriously can't understand peoples appeal of this track. I'll defend their right to have their opinion of course, but compared to, well, virtually anything played on RP this (to me) is flat, dull, and drones on and on and on.  

i'm not being intentionally rude but I assume that a great many folks who listen to RP are of a certain age, and that it's simply misty-eyed nostalgia that drives vintage tracks like this one to the top of the ratings, while newer, innovative and adventurous music routinely gets a rough ride from the silver-haired brigade and languishes undeservedly lower down. What say you Bill?

 
Age-ist much? Damn dude, we over(mumbles a number) crowd come here to hear what you young rascals are listening to. Grant us the same open consideration for these inspired classics.

Now get off our lawn, before I get my varmint gun!
I oftentimes think that Jimi Hendrix's brilliance was not in any way his technical skills with the guitar, but rather his fearlessness to just go out there.  Often it worked, but to my ear, not always.  Yes, he was a great contributor to what rock has become today but I'm ambivalent when it comes to his music.
 Poacher wrote:

Well I have given it a generous 4 - does that help? 

I seriously can't understand peoples appeal of this track. I'll defend their right to have their opinion of course, but compared to, well, virtually anything played on RP this (to me) is flat, dull, and drones on and on and on.  

i'm not being intentionally rude but I assume that a great many folks who listen to RP are of a certain age, and that it's simply misty-eyed nostalgia that drives vintage tracks like this one to the top of the ratings, while newer, innovative and adventurous music routinely gets a rough ride from the silver-haired brigade and languishes undeservedly lower down. What say you Bill?
 SmackDaddy wrote:
Due to the statistics used, once you reach a 100 or so ratings, the final result is pretty much set in stone. So the answer is no. We can't get this over 9.
 
Well I have given it a generous 4 - does that help? 

I seriously can't understand peoples appeal of this track. I'll defend their right to have their opinion of course, but compared to, well, virtually anything played on RP this (to me) is flat, dull, and drones on and on and on.  
Yet another fine effort from Jimi! Shame he didn't record a few more albums... {#Notworthy}
Jimi would have turned 70 last week.  I wonder if he'd still be making Kick-Ass songs like this one if he were still alive?
 ARTICULA wrote:
Why do some people give a rat's ass whether someome used or uses drugs (or not). Louie Armstrong smoked pot, Ray Charles used heroin. They were amazing and wonderful human beings, great artists and productive citizens. Drugs are part of the universe just like anything else. They are not good or bad.
 
Drugs have bought me a lot of musical pleasure....................by the people that have used them........
 
Why do some people give a rat's ass whether someome used or uses drugs (or not). Louie Armstrong smoked pot, Ray Charles used heroin. They were amazing and wonderful human beings, great artists and productive citizens. Drugs are part of the universe just like anything else. They are not good or bad.
Dix. Absolument.
 shakitten wrote:
Definite 10.
 
Yeah, I can't figure out why I had it at 9.

Definite 10.
 jkhandy wrote:

Yeah, especially when you feel you have to use drugs to the extent he did.

 
An alternative to the sophomoric moralism may be a closer read of these lyrics for an insight into Jimmy being Jimmy.

 johnjconn wrote:
When you take into consideration the quanitity of great songs Jimi wrote/performed and then consider the timeframe he did this ( around 2-3 years only) it's amazing how much he did in such a short time.

Like many artist, the well was surely going to dry up eventually. 

 
Yeah, especially when you feel you have to use drugs to the extent he did.

 haretic wrote:

OK, I may be "asking for it" here, but: What is the particular statistical method used that restricts the outcome so rigidly? Is there a more flexible, and realistic, method that could be applied?

                 (And oh yes, this song is a 10 for me).

 
I can think of two solutions.  One would be a macro on the site to prevent ratings from haters, defined as those whose average, or current rating, is greater that 2 standard deviations away from the current mean response for a song.  The other would be facism..All Hail Bill!!!..NOW

I will never tire of hearing this song....or any of Jimi's songs for that matter!!!  Thanks Bill : )
Damn this song is good! 10
WTF!!!  I just logged in and thought I was listening to some satanic chant music {#Twisted}
 SmackDaddy wrote:


Due to the statistics used, once you reach a 100 or so ratings, the final result is pretty much set in stone. So the answer is no. We can't get this over 9.
 
OK, I may be "asking for it" here, but: What is the particular statistical method used that restricts the outcome so rigidly? Is there a more flexible, and realistic, method that could be applied?

                 (And oh yes, this song is a 10 for me).

Sounds like the record's going about 32½
 stumar wrote:

still a little acid floating around?  
  lol
omg
wtf


What would have Jimi been like if he made it?  Epic.
Practically a hymn.

Man, this DJ rocks!  What a set!


Prophetic of Jimmy's own untimely death...
God rest his soul 
 h8rhater wrote:
8.5!?!  Come on guys!  We can get this over 9.
 

Due to the statistics used, once you reach a 100 or so ratings, the final result is pretty much set in stone. So the answer is no. We can't get this over 9.
One of my least favorite Hendrix songs
 Stingray wrote:
I RECALL HEARING THIS ALBUM ON ACID,
after that I could no other music really serious any longer!

And it's by far not his best work!
 
still a little acid floating around?  
Dull for Hendrix.
Damnit! I wish Jimi was still with us. *cries*
Mitch Mitchell....AWSOME!!!!
 h8rhater wrote:
8.5!?!  Come on guys!  We can get this over 9.
 

It's not the guys - the girls are responsible!
ANY BET!!
 RedGuitar wrote:

Man, I don't understand that some people aren't moved by Hendrix' music.

 

We can discard this 6-7 ABBA fans...
I RECALL HEARING THIS ALBUM ON ACID,
after that I could no other music really serious any longer!

And it's by far not his best work!
 nerakdon wrote:
I have a lot of respect for the fact that Hendrix was entirely autodidact, but the fact that he ignores musical traditions means that there's little for me to grab onto.  A virtuoso, sure.  But as a composer, not so much.
 
Ignores musical traditions?  {#Stupid}

Coming from someone who has about 20 years of music performance and theory in his pocket, I don't really even know how to respond to that.  Are you referring to traditions such as tempered tuning and scales used in Western music?  Or the use of circle of fifths?

Because that stuff exists in pretty much every Jimi song.
 MojoJojo wrote:
Nary a Jimi Hendrix song that has every "done" anything for me. I honestly wish I could say otherwise.  There's just a whole-lotta other music I would rather hear.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the exposure to a diverse variety of music here at RP, but just sayin...
 
Man, I don't understand that some people aren't moved by Hendrix' music.

When I listen to "Are You Experienced" for example, and he goes into the solo, it really gets me.

Some of his stuff is dismissible perhaps, but much is not, IMHO.

 nerakdon wrote:
I have a lot of respect for the fact that Hendrix was entirely autodidact, but the fact that he ignores musical traditions means that there's little for me to grab onto.  A virtuoso, sure.  But as a composer, not so much.
 
Grab onto this.

8.5!?!  Come on guys!  We can get this over 9.
 nerakdon wrote:
I have a lot of respect for the fact that Hendrix was entirely autodidact, but the fact that he ignores musical traditions means that there's little for me to grab onto.  A virtuoso, sure.  But as a composer, not so much.
 
Have you listened to his version of "Red House?" Do and then see if can still say that he ignored musical traditions.


 Panama_Floyd wrote:
Can't wait for the technology that will allow me to listen to internet radio when I'm mobile....{#Tongue} 
 
Both the IPhone and the Droid have downloadable widgets which will play the RP stream, and both have standard 1/8" minijack outputs which will plug into the MP3 input in your dashboard or console. One caution. Since it's on all the time, sorta like talking on the phone for hours at a time, it's a battery drain. I plug my Droid into the car charger when taking RP on the road.

A favorite. #10. As simple as that.{#Yes}
I have a lot of respect for the fact that Hendrix was entirely autodidact, but the fact that he ignores musical traditions means that there's little for me to grab onto.  A virtuoso, sure.  But as a composer, not so much.
brilliance.
Nary a Jimi Hendrix song that has every "done" anything for me. I honestly wish I could say otherwise.  There's just a whole-lotta other music I would rather hear.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the exposure to a diverse variety of music here at RP, but just sayin...
One of my favorites. It's kind of like he knew what was on the horizon and was just letting us know everything was going to be fine.

Fiery the Angels rose, & as they rose deep thunder roll'd Around their shores: indignant burning with the fires of Orc. Wm Blake

Jimi Hendrix - Digital Series by *artcova
Germán Covacevich  ©2008-2010 *artcova

New addition to the portrait series. This came out quite good, methinks :D
9 hours of work, Photoshop cs3, Genius 4500 tablet, and one photo reference.

.
 riffster wrote:
This song makes me sad when I hear it because it hints at the acres and acres that he had yet to explore when he died. Miles and Jimi were allegedly talking about doing something together .... would that have been something? As great as he is and the original Brother from Outer Space is GREAT, we could have had - like with Coltrane, Joplin and Morrison - so much more. A 10 ... easy. - Riff
 
Yes, I have the same reaction to much of Jimi's music.  However I don't consider this piece one of his best, still easily an 8.

Eh?

See him when I'm up there too ;) and will ask.

 
boober wrote:
This guy is pretty good...does have any new stuff. 

 cosmiclint wrote:

It exists!

I've posted in another thread that I use the command line version of Streamripper to record RP in 30 minutes blocks so I can enjoy listener-supported, commercial-free radio programmed by a real, live human person while driving.

If you're stuck in the Windows world, or just don't want to mess around with bash scripting, another method is to use the VLC media player. It has the ability to capture streams and save them as mp3 files. (It's also an excellent media player that works in Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and Syllable, and well worth using even if you don't want to record streams).

I record a few hours of music, then copy the mp3s to my portable player for listening to on the road. It helps that my car stereo has an 1/8" stereo input jack. If yours doesn't, but you have a cassette deck, you can get an adapter that will plug in to your iPod, or what ever portable player you use. If you're stuck with a CD player only, you could burn your music to a CD-RW, and just blank it when you're ready to put new music on it.

Driving is *so* much more enjoyable since I've started doing this. For me, listening to commercial radio now is like surfring the net without your pop-up blocker enabled: unimaginable.

 
Simpler version:

Get iPhone. Get RP app for iPhone. Jack iPhone into car stereo. Send Bill a few bucks a month.

 Papernapkin wrote:
This is sucko barfo, which ironically is Jimi's bio.
 
are you trying to provoke someone dude?

Aye
Nice guitar sound,sounds like its through a Leslie !?
(wonder how he got that idea)

Jimi Hendrix - "Angel" Live acoustic

"why is it that I always cry when I hear this f**r playing?"

"the original has lots of meaning for me, but now, i heard this version, it has lots more meaning to me"




Yes Yes Yes. Thank you.
One of my Jimi faves! {#Cool}

 Panama_Floyd wrote:
Can't wait for the technology that will allow me to listen to internet radio when I'm mobile....{#Tongue} 
 
It exists!

I've posted in another thread that I use the command line version of Streamripper to record RP in 30 minutes blocks so I can enjoy listener-supported, commercial-free radio programmed by a real, live human person while driving.

If you're stuck in the Windows world, or just don't want to mess around with bash scripting, another method is to use the VLC media player. It has the ability to capture streams and save them as mp3 files. (It's also an excellent media player that works in Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and Syllable, and well worth using even if you don't want to record streams).

I record a few hours of music, then copy the mp3s to my portable player for listening to on the road. It helps that my car stereo has an 1/8" stereo input jack. If yours doesn't, but you have a cassette deck, you can get an adapter that will plug in to your iPod, or what ever portable player you use. If you're stuck with a CD player only, you could burn your music to a CD-RW, and just blank it when you're ready to put new music on it.

Driving is *so* much more enjoyable since I've started doing this. For me, listening to commercial radio now is like surfring the net without your pop-up blocker enabled: unimaginable.

 punkbot wrote:
greatest, most succinct putdown on RP. Yeowch.
 
I am humbled.

 Papernapkin wrote:
This is sucko barfo, which ironically is Jimi's bio.
 
Saw him at the Waikiki Shell in '69, I think, when he was "sucko barfo."  After about 4 songs he told the packed house that "he didn't have it that night" and would return two nights later to play for the same crowd.  Yes, we all went back two nights later for a phenomenal set.

Saw him the next year at the Isle of Wight with a few hundred thousand other music fans!?  Slept through his set only to awaken as he began 'God Save the Queen.'  His last concert, I believe.

 boober wrote:
This guy is pretty good...does have any new stuff?
 
That's so funny, I forgot to laugh, he he.


 a_genuine_find wrote:

Not as much as the accompanying xylophone in 'Little Wing' ... was that bad drugs, or a bad producer?
 
It was Jimi - he would play anything within reach just to get a different or unusual sound on the recording.
Harpsichord on "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" is one example.

This is sucko barfo, which ironically is Jimi's bio.
 boober wrote:
This guy is pretty good...does have any new stuff?
 
Are you an alien from another planet? 

This guy is pretty good...does have any new stuff?
This is why commercial radio stinks so bad. If they'd play this or "Voodoo Chile" just once for every 10 times they play one of the stinking "hits", you might be able to live without a CD player in the car.

Can't wait for the technology that will allow me to listen to internet radio when I'm mobile....{#Tongue} 
 marmoteenha wrote:

he s not a angel, he s a price from space{#Dancingbanana_2}


 
Prize? Prince?

he s not a angel, he s a price from space{#Dancingbanana_2}


buaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
Now Jimi's the angel.

:guitarist: :drummer:
RobRyan wrote:
This song needs two ratings. The two verses and choruses rate at least a 9, possibly a 10, but the end is a real let down, maybe a 2. It detracts so much from the song that I turn the volume down.
Not as much as the accompanying xylophone in 'Little Wing' ... was that bad drugs, or a bad producer?
This song needs two ratings. The two verses and choruses rate at least a 9, possibly a 10, but the end is a real let down, maybe a 2. It detracts so much from the song that I turn the volume down. Edit: Looking back through the comments, I see I've said basically the same thing before. But it bears repeating.
I'm crazy, but i swear that Weezer quotes the solo at the end in some song or another, i just can't find which one right now...
Would the cowards who stole the Jimi Hendrix silk screen we produced and hung in the halls of Canterbury High School, circa 1971, please have the decency to return it. I'll buy ya a beer.
No shame...Rod used to be the man, until around 1979.
I'm ashamed to admit that Rod Stewart did a good version of this
This song makes me sad when I hear it because it hints at the acres and acres that he had yet to explore when he died. Miles and Jimi were allegedly talking about doing something together .... would that have been something? As great as he is and the original Brother from Outer Space is GREAT, we could have had - like with Coltrane, Joplin and Morrison - so much more. A 10 ... easy. - Riff
Angel is a nice Jimi tune. I prefer the demo version though (do you have that one Bill?). It has a simple honesty which does the song justice while this is a bit too produced IMNSHO.
Had almost forgotten this one, thank RP to remind me of it!
Nice tune, but for Jimi, a pretty tepid arrangement. I'd like to hear this song done over a reggae groove - now that would cook.
Rickvee wrote:
Great song. You can hear Prince's "Purple Rain" in Jimi's "Angel" imo.
Surely you mean it the other way around? :doh:
Ick ick ick. Love Hendrix. He was an artist. Can't stand this, though. Bores me to tears.
I was late to the Hendrix party - Cry of Love was my initiation when it was released in '71. This was always my favorite...
:good-vibes: :sunny: :good-vibes: 10
:clap: greatest, most succinct putdown on RP. Yeowch. drtjdel wrote:
Thanks, Yanni.
eastcoast wrote:
I love the beginning but really don't get the end, it is liked two songs are spliced together. It just doesn't flow
I just logged on to say the same thing. It needs two ratings, say an 8 or 9 and a 2 or 3.
eastcoast wrote:
I love the beginning but really don't get the end, it is liked two songs are spliced together. It just doesn't flow
That's where 'cid kicks in.
pianocomposer wrote:
This is overrated. 5
Thanks, Yanni.
Axis is my fav Jimi album, this one of my fav tracks. Thanks RP.
Goosebumps. Chills. Transcendence.
I love the beginning but really don't get the end, it is liked two songs are spliced together. It just doesn't flow
Gila_Bob wrote:
:good-vibes: from a happier & younger time for me
For one of 106, I'm sure pretty much any time before now would be!