Monday Night Mojo – Top 10 Music (Mojo & Funk): (2) Jimi Hendrix (Mojo) – Voodoo Child (1968)

 

MONDAY NIGHT MOJO – TOP 10 MUSIC (MOJO & FUNK): (2) JIMI HENDRIX (MOJO) – VOODOO CHILD (1968)

 

“Well, I stand up next to a mountain

And I chop it down with the edge of my hand

Well, I stand up next to a mountain

Chop it down with edge of my hand

Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island

Might even raise just a little sand

‘Cause I’m a voodoo child

Lord knows I’m a voodoo child”

 

It doesn’t get much more mojo than Jimi Hendrix.

 

Well, obviously it does in my first place entry, but not apart from that.

 

Hendrix could make that guitar sing (and sing the Star-Spangled Banner as he did at Woodstock). Or set it on fire – literally.

 

In the words of his Wikipedia entry, “he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century” – and “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music” according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

His three studio albums – Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland – are three of the best and most iconic albums in music, while his songs could well (and will) have their own Top 10.

 

Ultimately however, there is one song with the most mojo for me – Voodoo Child, or more precisely, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), from his Electric Ladyland album in 1968.

 

 

Again to quote a review in Wikipedia – Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is “a perfect example of how Hendrix took the Delta blues form and not only psychedelicized it, but cast an even more powerful spell by delivering the lyric in the voice of a voodoo priest…”Opening with a simple riff on the wah-wah pedal, the song explodes into full sonic force, the guitarist hitting the crunching chords and taking the astral-inspired leads for which he became infamous. The real guitar explorations happen midway through the song, while the basic, thundering riff is unrelenting”.

 

Joe Satriani said it simpler – “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 didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time

I’ll give it right back to you one of these days

I said, I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time

I’ll give it right back to you one of these days

And if I don’t meet you no more in this world

Then I’ll, I’ll meet you in the next one

And don’t be late, don’t be late

‘Cause I’m a voodoo child

Lord knows I’m a voodoo child”

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