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Jimi Hendrix — Drifting
Album: The Cry Of Love
Avg rating:
8

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Total ratings: 1259









Released: 1971
Length: 3:42
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Drifting
On a sea of forgotten teardrops
On a lifeboat
Sailing for
Your love

Sailing home

Drifting
On a sea of old heartbreaks
On a lifeboat
Sailing for
Your love
Sailing home
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 dingleberry wrote:
Well, for those who think it gets high ratings because it's Jimi.... to be honest I had no idea who it was. I was working away, with a kind of meh series of songs in the background - Greg Laswell, The Church - now that I look at the playlist. But this one came on and I kind of perked up and thought, Now there's something interesting, who is this?

 


dingleberry.





     Pretty good by most standards, but would not have been released in this form if Hendrix had lived another few months.


Well, for those who think it gets high ratings because it's Jimi.... to be honest I had no idea who it was. I was working away, with a kind of meh series of songs in the background - Greg Laswell, The Church - now that I look at the playlist. But this one came on and I kind of perked up and thought, Now there's something interesting, who is this?
Ohhhhh man, thank you for playing this tonight!

Hmmm, now that I think about it I can imagine Jack Bruce singing this as well in that trio he was with. What was their guitar players name again?  They had a cool drummer too.
coloradojohn wrote:
So mysterious, so complex; so eerily familiar, yet unerringly unique; some of the most sublime and mystically tuneful musings EVER...

 
Yeah, I probably first heard this song in Boulder on KBCO. Great station..
Been a VERY LONG time since I've heard this one, thank you RP!
So mysterious, so complex; so eerily familiar, yet unerringly unique; some of the most sublime and mystically tuneful musings EVER...
What a way to ease into the day. Beautiful. Thank you Bill.
 fgrunewald wrote:

Ubet!

 
right !


 Skydog wrote:
this song reminds me that it's been a while since I thanked Bill and Rebecca for all the great music 

{#Yell}Thanks Bill & Rebecca 

 
Ubet!
Hype Hendrix. 

That's what he called himself.    I tend to agree. 
I think many folks give this a high rating just because it's Jimi.  He did some GREAT work, but this is just so so.
That washed the Crows right out my ears!
So good
 fredriley wrote:
To be enjoyed with a strong spliff, I'd imagine. It sure sounds like yer man was away with the fairies when he recorded this number.

 
LOL!

With or without, if one is predisposed, this is always good albeit nostalgia-laden 'good'.  

Here is where the strong spliff is critical.  Imagine two choices that involve going to a large noisy, crowded, smoke-laden stadium where the sound system may not be a 100% and the band shows up an hour late.

1)  Smoke.  2) Clear head.  

Then I took the strong spliff option.  These days I simply do not go. 
 Typesbad wrote:
One of my least favorite Hendrix songs.  

Still great.

 
Took me a while to recognize it.

Agree with the sentiment:  still great.   
 Dosequis wrote:
Well in this case you have to agree........"Hype Hendrix".  That's what people call him.
 
Ahh, poor sad little troll, so desperate for attention.
Making up silly names for Jimi just makes you look sadder.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

You got that right, gjeeg!
(Just ignore the Dosequis troll; he rates everything sucko-barfo.)

 
Well in this case you have to agree........"Hype Hendrix".  That's what people call him.
Outstanding!
To be enjoyed with a strong spliff, I'd imagine. It sure sounds like yer man was away with the fairies when he recorded this number.
One of those songs that are so great that they can just take their time, understated, from beginning to end.  Love his singing on this one, the guitar goes without saying.
One of my least favorite Hendrix songs.  

Still great.
 gjeeg wrote:
Gorgeous.
In all these years no one has come close.
We knew The Times of the Gods.
 
You got that right, gjeeg!
(Just ignore the Dosequis troll; he rates everything sucko-barfo.)
 gjeeg wrote:
Gorgeous.
In all these years no one has come close.
We knew The Times of the Gods.

 
Lots of musical artists have gone where Hendrix could not. The hype on this guy is out of control.
Gorgeous.
In all these years no one has come close.
We knew The Times of the Gods.
I thought that was dire.
very cool album cover artwork
 musikluvr wrote:
Hendrix was someone on another level from the rest of us mere mortals.{#Notworthy}

 
....... so very a true, G O D L I K E
8 > 9. Exquisite---not a word one might readily use to describe a sonic tectonic guitar man. 
Hendrix was someone on another level from the rest of us mere mortals.{#Notworthy}
nere the rain fall wasted nor belied...
 juanrico wrote:

A German girl named Monika Danneman gave her version of what happened to Hendrix. Jimi arrived at her flat on Tuesday. What happened on Wednesday isn't clear but Thursday she describes as being taken up with shopping and taking photos.

They got home about 8:30 p.m. Monika prepared a meal. They shared a bottle of wine and talked and played music until 1:40 or 1:45 a.m. when Hendrix said he had to go out and see some people. Monika could not go with him but she could take him there and bring him home. She picked him up again around 3:00 a.m. On their return to the flat, Monika made Jimi a tuna fish sandwich. The two of them went to bed and talked until 7 a.m. when Monika took a sleeping pill and fell asleep.

Some time after, Hendrix took at least eight, possibly nine of the same tablets. Monika woke around 10.20. Hendrix was sleeping normally. She had planned to go out for cigarettes but just before leaving, she noticed vomit on Jimi's nose and mouth. She tried to wake him but couldn't and called a friend to ask what to do. An ambulance was called. It arrived about 11.20 a.m. Hendrix was seated upright in the back with no head support. Sometime in the next twenty-five minutes before they arrived at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital, Jimi Hendrix choked on his own vomit. He was pronounced D.O.A. The pathologist reported a large amount of Seconol in Jimi's blood but no reason to assume that suicide was the cause of death. The cause of death noted on the coroner's report was inhalation of vomit after barbiturate intoxication.

https://j.mp/emNfTz 
(c&p)

 


That's damned sad stuff to digest on a cool Limpopo Saturday evening... now I feel drained. I wonder how Monika felt.
 


 cShaggy wrote:
..i'm sure somebody's noted elsewhere here in RP, but new/unreleased studio tracks from Jimi next March-!..

https://www.jimihendrix.com/us/news

..hopefully "studio" means fairly clean & the way he would've wanted them to be..
 
Yay! I used to have some studio sessions on vinyl that I gave to a public radio station in Melbourne (3PBS). They sounded like jams, but WHAT JAMS. HAIL THA MASTER!
 hayduke2 wrote:
yes, yes, absolutely, most definately on the same page as the previous commentators! Great piece of music, even the vocal moments are calm and stirring evidence of Mr. Hendricks as an artist
 
Sheesh! The poor guy's dead, fer cryin' out loud! Show some respect, man, and spell his name right, at least!
sigh
He'd be 70 if he had lived......Man I feel old!....10.
love
..i'm sure somebody's noted elsewhere here in RP, but new/unreleased studio tracks from Jimi next March-!..

https://www.jimihendrix.com/us/news

..hopefully "studio" means fairly clean & the way he would've wanted them to be..
yes, yes, absolutely, most definately on the same page as the previous commentators! Great piece of music, even the vocal moments are calm and stirring evidence of Mr. Hendrix as an artist
What a beautiful creation!!!!!!
you can't touch this...
Thank you Bill for reminding me about this great track - forgotten about it for a while and nice surprise to find it still in my vinyl collection - will be playing the whole album tonight!  RIP Jimi and ever grateful thanks for your legacy.
Ok, bumping up to a 10. {#Cowboy}
My fave Jimi tune!
Lovin that cover art
 LizK wrote:
A different Jimi, very likable. 
 



Nice
A different Jimi, very likable. 
Thanks for putting up the original album art. I searched for this album for years on CD until finally finding it in 2003 as a re release under a different name because the Hendrix survivors had a huge legal battle over this recording session, Jimi's last before flying on to the "New land of the rising sun". It's absolutely one of my favorite Hendrix recordings.
Good song for a windy sunday afternoon

Personnel :

Jimi Hendrix (vc., g.)
Mitch Mitchell (dms.)
Billy Cox (bs.)
The Ghetto Fighters (bckgrnd vcs. on track 1)
Buzzy Linhart (vbs. on track 2)
Stevie Winwood (vbs. on track 3)
Chris Wood (vbs. on track 3)
Buddy Miles (dms. on track 3)
Gers (hrp. on track 5)
Emeretta Marks (bckgrnd vc. on track 9)



 a_genuine_find wrote:

Yours is nicer because you were actaully there ... let me know if you sail to Brooklyn, I would love a ride

 

Ummm.... okay, but I don't think I'll be sailing a 19 foot beach cat from a lake in Texas to Brooklyn anytime soon.
 DarceySuzanne wrote:
I love this song...I think this is one of his best, actually. Fun story - Jimi lived with my mom for about 2 months back in the 60's in Greenwich Village. She was a waitress for the famous Cafe Wha for a couple years when she lived there. She says she still remembers him standing in front of the bathroom mirror putting his hair up in these little curlers to get that look he had...
 

What a great story! Thank you for sharing it with us.

A German girl named Monika Danneman gave her version of what happened to Hendrix. Jimi arrived at her flat on Tuesday. What happened on Wednesday isn't clear but Thursday she describes as being taken up with shopping and taking photos.

They got home about 8:30 p.m. Monika prepared a meal. They shared a bottle of wine and talked and played music until 1:40 or 1:45 a.m. when Hendrix said he had to go out and see some people. Monika could not go with him but she could take him there and bring him home. She picked him up again around 3:00 a.m. On their return to the flat, Monika made Jimi a tuna fish sandwich. The two of them went to bed and talked until 7 a.m. when Monika took a sleeping pill and fell asleep.

Some time after, Hendrix took at least eight, possibly nine of the same tablets. Monika woke around 10.20. Hendrix was sleeping normally. She had planned to go out for cigarettes but just before leaving, she noticed vomit on Jimi's nose and mouth. She tried to wake him but couldn't and called a friend to ask what to do. An ambulance was called. It arrived about 11.20 a.m. Hendrix was seated upright in the back with no head support. Sometime in the next twenty-five minutes before they arrived at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital, Jimi Hendrix choked on his own vomit. He was pronounced D.O.A. The pathologist reported a large amount of Seconol in Jimi's blood but no reason to assume that suicide was the cause of death. The cause of death noted on the coroner's report was inhalation of vomit after barbiturate intoxication.

https://j.mp/emNfTz 
(c&p)

 


 DarceySuzanne wrote:
I love this song...I think this is one of his best, actually. Fun story - Jimi lived with my mom for about 2 months back in the 60's in Greenwich Village. She was a waitress for the famous Cafe Wha for a couple years when she lived there. She says she still remembers him standing in front of the bathroom mirror putting his hair up in these little curlers to get that look he had...
 
That is beyond cool!  I find it very amusing that Jimi put that kind of work into his hair.  I assumed it was naturally like that.

I hear some Beatles sound here!
 Stingray wrote:
WONDER WHERE JIMI IS DRIFTING THIS VERY SECOND...
 
Everywhere, and nowhere
Always and never

I love this song...I think this is one of his best, actually. Fun story - Jimi lived with my mom for about 2 months back in the 60's in Greenwich Village. She was a waitress for the famous Cafe Wha for a couple years when she lived there. She says she still remembers him standing in front of the bathroom mirror putting his hair up in these little curlers to get that look he had...
WONDER WHERE JIMI IS DRIFTING THIS VERY SECOND...
Though I really like this timeless tune. I often wonder if these classic artists would get such high ratings on these songs if they weren't deceased and immensely popular. Just wondering...but I really understand why this one would get high ratings...it's just a great tune all across the board.
 Hannio wrote:

Nice.  Here's one taken from the stern of my Nacra, Lake Travis looking west toward Starnes Island:


 
Yours is nicer because you were actaully there ... let me know if you sail to Brooklyn, I would love a ride

This reminds me that he had an incredible voice in addition to those amazing guitar skills.  So natural.  So touching. 
Another age-less song! Too bad he left us way too soon! {#Meditate}
The new Hendrix record - Valleys of Neptune just hit # 4 on the Billboard best selling albums chart.

What an amazing man with an incredible legacy.

Bill - are we going to hear something off the new release? Please?

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Valleys Of Neptune enters The Billboard 200 at #4, putting the rock legend back in the top five nearly 40 years after he died at the tragically young age of 27. No other artist has cracked the top five this long after his death. Elvis Presley is in second place. His Elvis: 2nd To None debuted at #3 in October 2003, a little more than 26 years after his death.
Aren't you glad that not all songs have to be an iron skillet mashing you in the skull, looney tunes style?  Jimi rocked so well, and most have just associated him with the intense rocking, seething guitar riffs, and killer rythm section...

But I would ask that we keep in mind that most of these sounds had not been heard before, quite in this way.  The really creative use of wah wah, hanging microphones from the ceiling and swinging them to capture that undulating sound reminiscent of physic's Doppler Effect and more musically towards the advent of digital delay pedals, backwards tape looping of guitar sounds...taken to this level of orchestration (after the Beatles of course)...

In my experience most artists carry around a small sketchbook...to noodle and document and reflect and discover...when the time strikes them.  I see this as a sketch, a developed one...that does work it out...and this does really rock, just very quietly...

I love a lot of his later work, and can't help wondering what would/could have been.  I think that he would have become a composer of movie/play soundtracks & musical accompaniment before that was a notable thing to do. 

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

No, if they dismiss Hendrix but only know those hits, this will not help.
 
I don't mind a lot of Hendrix' material when he's really working it out but this is unlistenable. If you like this I think that would be probable cause for a DEA search of your house.

 
Oh, stop...

Lovely....{#Hearteyes}
 Panama_Floyd wrote:
This is the song you need to play for your friends who dismiss Hendrix even though the only things they've ever heard are "Purple Haze" and "Foxy Lady".
 
No, if they dismiss Hendrix but only know those hits, this will not help.
 
I don't mind a lot of Hendrix' material when he's really working it out but this is unlistenable. If you like this I think that would be probable cause for a DEA search of your house.

Perfect.................. {#Music}
 kaybee wrote:
Nice, but not one of Jimi's best.
 
Perhaps, but isn't that the beauty of this website?  We hear lots of stuff here; what the FM deejays used to call "deep tracks," and this one I've never heard before.

 Panama_Floyd wrote:
This is the song you need to play for your friends who dismiss Hendrix even though the only things they've ever heard are "Purple Haze" and "Foxy Lady".
 
Well said.
Fine mellow guitar licks here.
 a_genuine_find wrote:
...sunset on the Sea of Forgotten Teardrops.


 
Nice.  Here's one taken from the stern of my Nacra, Lake Travis looking west toward Starnes Island:


 ick wrote:
yawn...
  given the song, is this a positive or negative comment?


What a great segue from Beck! Nice pick Bill. {#Notworthy}
Nice to hear this one again!
Gila_Bob wrote:
Music as Art.........................Let YOUR Mind Drift
On the Sea of Forgotten T{#Bananajam}ear Drops

Amazing

Gila_Bob


Uncanny you should bring this up. Just last night my wife found our forgotten ear drops, which is good because our little girl is in swimming class and so gets a lot of water in her ears and ... what's that? Oh.

Music as Art.........................Let YOUR Mind Drift
On the Sea of Forgotten T{#Bananajam}ear Drops

Amazing 

Gila_Bob
enchanting.
Great Jimi tune.  {#Notworthy}
...sunset on the Sea of Forgotten Teardrops.


Nice, but not one of Jimi's best.
 EssexTex wrote:
I like this...Nice to hear lesser  known songs...sometimes they're better than the famous ones.
 
So true in general.  Terrestrial radio is so STUCK with the "hit" crap....

Cool!
one of my faves, thanks rp ...
Cry of Love.

Forever in our hearts.

~~
PS. This might have been released posthumous, but it was in the can when Jimi passed. It is released as he would have had it.

I like this...Nice to hear lesser  known songs...sometimes they're better than the famous ones.
thewiseking wrote:
Jimi never released this. This goes in the posthumous crap pile.

Nope, sorry, it's this comment that goes in the crap pile.


 thewiseking wrote:
Jimi never released this. This goes in the posthumous crap pile.
 
{#Flamed} flamed

Jimi never released this. This goes in the posthumous crap pile.
This is the song you need to play for your friends who dismiss Hendrix even though the only things they've ever heard are "Purple Haze" and "Foxy Lady".
yawn...:sleep:
azdcryan wrote:
Shame on you, let you yourself find this music...some of Jimi's most expressive, seminal creativity was never and will never be played by popular radio. Long live the "New Rising Sun".
shame on me for not liking this? WTF? Disagree or not but there's no shame in not liking something. Especially if it sucks as bad as this does. :nyah:
Perfection
Ahhh .... amazing song. Thanks, Bill, I really needed this. :-)
IT'S JIMMY! :sunny:
:music: Yes. that is all.
Ahhhh. I'm driftin'. Thanks Jimi and RP. Worked with a guy (african-american) in virginia who met Hendrix in NYC before he became famous. It was in a soul-food restaurant in Harlem near the Apollo. He said people were taking bad about him saying, "he's never gonna amount to anything...look at him, he wears those faded blue jeans and smokes that stuff and he can't hold a job". Hendrix had been fired from Little Richard's band, he explained. Who'd have thought.
One of my favs of Jimi's-Thanks.
hey, yesterday was the aniversary..
Reminded me a little of \"Waterfall\" off the much earlier \"Are you Experienced\" (which should definitely be getting some RP exposure too). Now that was a nice album to put on when \'bicyling along\' with Dr. Hofmann -- who recently celebrated his 100 birthday and had a conference held in his honor by the transpersonal psych community.
I've been rather tired of Jimi lately, but this one was like a breath of fresh air. Thanks Bill!
Wow, I'm thinking this might be my favorite Hendrix song. . .neat stuff!
aristoteles wrote:
Simply amazing, delicate masterpiece. I love that sustained, slightly bent note at the end of the solo.
ditto1
wow , that was Jimi? man what a song.
Simply amazing, delicate masterpiece. I love that sustained, slightly bent note at the end of the solo.
Unfortunately we can only wonder on what would have been..............
One of the latter most Jimi Hendrix songs :guitarist: It's soooo good :yell:
Oh dear, I think I can probably try. However I will still my nasty pent up raging critical Physicgenius type mind to say this man was amazing and what a loss. h2o wrote:
Amen brother
Sublime.
8?!?! What was I thinking --> 9, at least
Sweet.... :daisy:
azdcryan wrote:
"Long live the "New Rising Sun".
:sunny: Oh yea!
rm999 wrote:
Jimi Hendrix has some great songs, but I don't really like this one. His better (perhaps by that I mean more popular) songs should really be played more on RP.
Shame on you, let you yourself find this music...some of Jimi's most expressive, seminal creativity was never and will never be played by popular radio. Long live the "New Rising Sun".
Wow!!! Hearing rare tracks from the master of guitar (Jimi) is reason I should donate to RP. And, I'll do just that. Peace- JG
nice one from jimi. mellow. hi alan from south africa! :biggrin:
Wow. In four decades of rabid music listening, I can't recall EVER having heard this. Thanks! Honestly, this sounds exactly like Jeff Buckley from the Grace album - and, yes, I know who came first. Interesting!
I loved this album...don't think you can get it anymore...more of a toned down Jimi
Nice to hear a softer, more introspective Hendrix piece. Thanks! :sunny:
Jimi Hendrix has some great songs, but I don't really like this one. His better (perhaps by that I mean more popular) songs should really be played more on RP.