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Jimi Hendrix — Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Album: Electric Ladyland
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Released: 1969
Length: 5:09
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Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand
Yeah
Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an Island
Might even raise a little sand
Yeah

Cause I'm a voodoo child
Lord knows I'm a voodoo child baby

You better listen when I say

I didn't mean to take up all your sweet time
I'll give it right back to ya one of these days
Ha ha ha

I said I didn't mean to take up all your sweet time
I'll give it right back one of these days
Oh yeah

If I don't meet you no more in this world then uh
I'll meet ya on the next one
And don't be late
Don't be late

Cause I'm a voodoo child voodoo child
Lord knows I'm a voodoo child
Hey hey hey

I'm a voodoo child baby

I don't take no for an answer

Question no
Yeah
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{#Devil_pimp}{#Music} {#Cool}
 bokey wrote:
Well,if you've got a guitar and an amp, you might as well piss the neighbors off. {#Roflol}

 
I would have loved to live next to Jimi
now that's a godlike 10 if I ever heard one. {#Cheers}
PSD and I land here!.. Great rendition, but an even better one is on the hard-to-find record Hendrix in the West.
Even today, many years from the first time I heard this "song", I feel the same strangeness the sitted guy holding that thing at the bottom of the picture, seems to.
And every time, it sounds better !




The famous lithograph from Escher 
Just...wow. Maybe a little OTT but so damned what. This must have gone off like a bomb in the world of professional rock guitarists when it came out. 

Fled from Interpol's "Rest My Chemistry" to this via PSD--from worst to first. 
God we deserve 
When the Stereo pan effect was a novelty...
2 Live Crew has ruined the beginning of this song for me...
Well,if you've got a guitar and an amp, you might as well piss the neighbors off. {#Roflol}
The Maestro... I just listened to Steve Earle talk about "Are You Experienced" and "Axis Bold As Love" coming out in the same year, 1967. Unreal...

If you're ever in Seattle, do yourself a favor and go see Paul Allen's gift to the world, The Experience Music Project. They've got a Hendrix exhibit there that is unbelievable.

It's funny how the electric guitar has been around for the 42 years since Hendrix died, and about that long before. There is not now, never has been, and never will be his equal. Here's to the best axe man who ever lived. {#Cowboy}
-16 at the time and it gets a 10 anyway {#Bananajam}
Groovy 10 plus
 2cats wrote:


            I think being 19 at the time this hit helps make it a 10.
 
I think being 16 at the time and real acid helped make it a 10.

Really, this is more like a 15 or a 20 for me...
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
Isn't it sad to read of someone's dislike for this giant of a guitarist. I pity them. They probably also don't even know that e=fþ as well as mc2.
 
Come to think of it, I didn't know that e=fþ. But I see your point. It really is a shame. I may be slow but I eventually know sarcasm when I see it.

Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes fame, an amateur guitarist, said he heard Jimi play, I believe, at Altamonte.  And he said Jimi could play better with his toes than Andy could ever play on his best day.  Ah, Andy is good at other things.
 derekd wrote:
I was 2 at the time and voted it a 10.

 2cats wrote:


            I think being 19 at the time this hit helps make it a 10.
 
 
yeah, well I was -3, and it still gets a 10!

Wonder where he would have gone with his music had he lived to a ripe old age of 50.
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
Isn't it sad to read of someone's dislike for this giant of a guitarist. I pity them. They probably also don't even know that e=fþ as well as mc2.
 
Everybody has a right to there opinion - why should we ever assume that someone else hears the meaning we do (or doesn't hear what we do not)? I could care less what someone else thinks - if a song moves me to shake and scream like a madman or reduces me to naked emotion and stirs me as deeply as I can imagine anything ever would (as this song always does no matter how many times I hear it) - or both, I like it no less if someone else doesn't feel any of that. It doesn't change a thing for me. I'm going to react the very same way the next time I hear it.


The closest thing to distilled genius from a man recognised and revered by his musical peers for his transformational impact on the future direction of rock music.
You can hear where Jimmie Ray got it from...  {#Bananajam} 
 bluedot wrote:

You're effing clueless...you probably don't get Beethoven either...
 
Don't attack the critic. They get their opinion, too.

Personally, I think this is a 10+ 
Isn't it sad to read of someone's dislike for this giant of a guitarist. I pity them. They probably also don't even know that e=fþ as well as mc2.
 scrubbrush wrote:
great song. amazing that my '9' could actually lower the average...
 
lololol, although the spread is wide: a few folks really don't like it but not many, and most of us REALLY like it. 
Any day with Jimi is a better day. Rockin out and smilin'.
great song. amazing that my '9' could actually lower the average...
 lowelltr wrote:
Effing noise.......
 
You're effing clueless...you probably don't get Beethoven either...

Not his best by far, but still a 10..
To whomever rated this a 1, I think YOU'RE sucko-barfo.
 derekd wrote:
I was 2 at the time and voted it a 10.

 2cats wrote:


            I think being 19 at the time this hit helps make it a 10.
 
  For a youngun, you have good taste in music.


...pheeeeewwww!  Man that was fun!
I was 2 at the time and voted it a 10.

 2cats wrote:


            I think being 19 at the time this hit helps make it a 10.
 


 oldsinger wrote:
I think being 21 at the time this hit helps make it a 10.
 

            I think being 19 at the time this hit helps make it a 10.
 lowelltr wrote:
Effing noise.......
 
What's that? I can't hear you. I've got the volume turned way up...{#Guitarist}
I am currently turning the office into a not-very-quiet environment >8^)
 lowelltr wrote:
Effing noise.......
 
Effing sweet sounds.... {#Meditate}
Perfection. I rarely resort to negativity on RP, but whoever voted Sucko Barfo above is on crack. There are a few artists who just seemed to land on this earth out of nowhere and capture the world. Hendrix was one of them. Like a nuclear freight train with no brakes...
 lowelltr wrote:
Effing noise.......
 
Yes indeed. Amazing, amazing effing noise...
2 Live Crew have ruined the opening of this song for me...
Effing noise.......
 Caribbeing wrote:
I love the mix of the different elements.  His voice and guitar swoop in and out, from left to right.  Great headphone song.
 
The whole album sounds best though headphones or a really good stereo with good speaker placement. 

 oldsinger wrote:
I think being 21 at the time this hit helps make it a 10.
 
Nope, 59% of RP listeners give it a 10.  I have noticed women tend to not like Hendrix as much as men for some reason.
Voodoo
This tune changed the world of Rock Guitar.
I think being 21 at the time this hit helps make it a 10.
Seeeeearing guitar work.
Being an amateur athlete I'm always looking for music to amp up before a race. I've used a number of tunes over the years but this always returns to my playlist. It's not as hard-driving as, say, Fishbone's "Modern Industry" but it has an intensity that's hard to match.
... and Bill still has never played Hey Joe. What gives?!
 Mandible wrote:
What exactly is a Voodoo Chile?
 
Dunno, but it came back, a little.
Classis classic...
I love the mix of the different elements.  His voice and guitar swoop in and out, from left to right.  Great headphone song.

I think he was only 27 when he died.  Tragic.  He put out so much good music to that point and he would have continued to do so.  I always imagined him getting more into jazz and playing jazz well into his old age.
{#Bananajam}
Fantastic song!  Jimi was definitely a musical genius.  His music is timeless.
 dmax wrote:

I started by thinking "what songs are as good as Penny Lane?" and realized that my "10" distribution would be mighty damn small.
 
For me, it's "Gimme Shelter."

I forgot how good this is.  10 x 10!

 romeotuma wrote:



This song is soooo good for the ears...

 

Oh yes, absolutly agree  :) 


Must be the song RP was thinking about when they equated 10 with 'god-like'....


Man, this song is incredible...


Cookin now baby!
 RobRyan wrote:
Hearing this makes me realize I rate too many songs as "10" (thought not all that many). Hardly any should have as high a rating as this one.
 
I started by thinking "what songs are as good as Penny Lane?" and realized that my "10" distribution would be mighty damn small.
Rock n roll doesn't get much better than this.
One of the best intros to a song... EVER!!! {#Guitarist}


 Mandible wrote:
What exactly is a Voodoo Chile?
 

It's not a type of hot pepper, if that is what you're thinking.

{#Clap}{#Yes}{#Notworthy}


This song is soooo good for the ears...


 Shimmer wrote:
Fantastic guitar playing, but boring music.
 
{#Group-hug} My sentiments exactly. I hear he played excellent, but he didn't play anything I like.

 Gryn wrote:
I'll never really understand how anybody can like this song. =(
 

actually, this is more of a song your FEEL! time to fire up the old synapses! nurse! get the poor man a doobie! STAT

Thank you! There are those among us who have clearly been touched by the hand of God, and have thus become immortal. Some have one immortal song, others an album, still others have a span of time, and then there are the true immortals, the true one-offs who have a career and a legacy that continues unabated....Coltrane, Beatles, Davis, and Mr James Hendrix...we are the better, and more inspired for their efforts.
Eyes wide shut and drifting off... yeah, that's the place! {#Arrowd}
{#Fire} ON FIRE BABY!!!!

Just close your eyes and let it take you away!!!  I LOVE IT.  {#Clap}
Good friday morning music, I am awake now.
You are probably right...You'll never understand!
 
Gryn wrote:
I'll never really understand how anybody can like this song. =(
 


Geecheeboy wrote:

My daughter just yelled at me to turn it down.  

 rcurrier wrote:

Put her up for adoption.
 


{#Roflol}

Give her time, I'm sure she'll come around at some point.

 



10 !!!


What exactly is a Voodoo Chile?
 {#Notworthy}       Thank You, This is as close as  I get, to goin' to church.     {#Notworthy}

 Daveinbawlmer wrote:

The opening couple seconds of WhaaaWhaaa sounds just like my cat when she vomits.

Really.


 
pretty talented puss ya got there...

and oh yeah...go O's!  I'll drop a rope if you promise to climb up out of that dank basement you're living in.

 healyf52 wrote:
For me, this is the most 'bad ass' rock song of all time.
 
{#High-five} Respek


 Geecheeboy wrote:
My daughter just yelled at me to turn it down.
 
Put her up for adoption.
 Gaylord_Meatface wrote:
Wow, who is this, he is great, I have never heard of him!!!
 
Just some dude who invented some early rock guitar techniques.  If he hadn't have died spectacularly and young, you'd never have heard of him at all.

Jimi isn't "God-Like". He IS God.

HazzeSwede wrote:
First a guy that doesn't know how to hold a guitar followed by a one that can't sing!(Dylan) Time to switch on MTV!
....Time for Abba then!?
my 1st concert jimi opening for the monkees forest hills ny we booed "teenyboppers" he wasnt famous in the states yet this song gives me chills jeff beck ,buckethead are my faves now saw eddie v.h.recently he was so-so!? jeff both times was great!
Gryn wrote:
I'll never really understand how anybody can like this song. =(
Maybe you just have to like inventive and powerful guitar playing. I've heard it a thousand times, but it never gets old. I'm inspired ... I think I'll go practice my lame ass acoustic cover which I doubt anybody likes but is SOOoooo fun to play.
For me, this is the most 'bad ass' rock song of all time.
RobRyan wrote:
Hearing this makes me realize I rate too many songs as "10" (thought not all that many). Hardly any should have as high a rating as this one.
Every RP listener should get ONE "11".
prefer stevie's to be honest...and now some uncle bobby!
Hearing this makes me realize I rate too many songs as "10" (thought not all that many). Hardly any should have as high a rating as this one.
Powerful... Gives me chills! Well, I stand up next to a mountain And I chop it down with the edge of my hand Yeah Well, I stand up next to a mountain And I chop it down with the edge of my hand Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island Might even raise a little sand
I've just heard it so many times.
Wow, who is this, he is great, I have never heard of him!!!
HazzeSwede wrote:
First a guy that doesn't know how to hold a guitar followed by a one that can't sing!(Dylan) Time to switch on MTV!
Good luck finding music there ...
First a guy that doesn't know how to hold a guitar followed by a one that can't sing!(Dylan) Time to switch on MTV!
I'll never really understand how anybody can like this song. =(
It has been my favourite one of Jimi's from the very first time I heard it, and it will be until the very end.
brilliant imagery, let alone guitar, drums and trebled out bass All those non-believers better recognise Jimi is the most talented musician to grace God's green earth since Ludwig Van
:guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist:
Stevie Ray Vaughan's version is also a 2...
:notworthy: :sunny: :notworthy: :sunny: :notworthy:
The opening couple seconds of WhaaaWhaaa sounds just like my cat when she vomits. Really. :think: :ask: :eek:
What happened today to RP ? Bill, did you actually cut Voodoo Child before its end ? Shame on you ! :redface: This tune is still a 10 for me, or a 12. The cut is at least VERY DISAPPOINTING!! Especially for a fade to a minor by-product from Bob Dylan (pleonasm ?)
Overplayed to the point that I just can't stand that opening riff, as famous, magnificent, and landmark as it may be. . .
Feel kind of awkward rating this a ten. As in what else would it be?
:notworthy: Now ya taking me to church!
coloradojohn wrote:
Dang I was just posting the other day -- I swear to God people it was just the other day -- that Stevie lit this baby on fire when he did it but now I must concede that that may have been no maybe surely must have been because it is hard to hear them both at the same time because no one I mean no one but Jimi was ever so able to create an absolute shroud of sound from one beleaguered and so rightfully delightfully tortured instrument and God rest his soul I saw him on some You Tube bits and he was the essence of raw humility and positively seething with creativity and I count it as nothing less than a boon and a blessing that he came along and gave us THIS to ponder ever and anon...
While I totally share your sentiments, I see that you do, in fact, have a period key since you ended with an elipsis (...). It sure would make it easier to understand your comments if you used it INSIDE the body of your paragraph. Just a thought. 10
I would highly recommend the Hendrix exhibit (well, the whole museum) at the Experience Music Project at Seattle Center.
:meditate: Yes!
Let me see. What should I rate this?
The nirvana of the electric guitar. It doesn't get any better than this! :guitarist:
Yup, I think this guy's gonna make it... :notworthy:
Dang I was just posting the other day -- I swear to God people it was just the other day -- that Stevie lit this baby on fire when he did it but now I must concede that that may have been no maybe surely must have been because it is hard to hear them both at the same time because no one I mean no one but Jimi was ever so able to create an absolute shroud of sound from one beleaguered and so rightfully delightfully tortured instrument and God rest his soul I saw him on some You Tube bits and he was the essence of raw humility and positively seething with creativity and I count it as nothing less than a boon and a blessing that he came along and gave us THIS to ponder ever and anon...
MooseMan wrote:
Look at the bright side....We've got Rap now!
Jeez!!! What a buzz kill statement that was!!! :puke:
IMHO the single greatest piece of Rock music ever. The Beethovens Fifth of Rock. It's a 12.
TEN, TEN, TEN
Keep on choppin Jimmi!!!!