It is based on the Muddy Waters blues song " Rollin' Stone ", but with original lyrics and music. At fifteen minutes, it is Hendrix's longest studio recording and features additional musicians in what has been described as a studio jam. The song became the basis for " Voodoo Child Slight Return ", recorded by the Experience the next day and one of Hendrix's best-known songs. In the UK, "Voodoo Chile" was also used as the title of the single release of "Voodoo Child Slight Return ", that has caused confusion regarding the two songs.
Music critic Charles Shaar Murray describes "Voodoo Chile" as "virtually a chronological guided tour of blues styles" ranging from early Delta blues, through the electric blues of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hookerto the more sophisticated style of B. Kingand the "cosmic blurt" of John Coltrane.
The gypsy woman told my mother, before I was born 'You got a boy child comin', goin' be a son of a gun'. Several of the verses tell of different animals and what they did, following a well established blues tradition. The "chile" in the title and lyrics is San Antonio - Kinky - Recordatorio phonetical approximation of "child" pronounced without the "d", a spelling that was also used for Hendrix's song " Highway Chile ".
This practice of inviting large groups to the studio led Noel Redding to storm out of the Record Plant earlier that evening and he was not present during the recording of "Voodoo Chile".
Winwood recalled, Voodoo Chile - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile / Have You Ever Been were no chord sheets, no nothing. He [Hendrix] just started playing. Three Hour Ceasefire - Cry Havoc was a one-take job, with him singing and playing at the same time.
He just had such mastery of the instrument and he knew what he 99 1/2 - Various - Breakdance and knew his abilities". He'd reason that if he had his songs together, if he really wanted to pull out what he heard in his head, De La Frustración - Los Reconoces - Segunda Impresion needed the right people Music writer John Perry claims there were at least six takes recorded, but several were incomplete.
McDermott describes Winwood's mid-song organ part as "a very English, Voodoo Chile - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile / Have You Ever Been dance that was very Traffic-like". Hendrix wanted to create the atmosphere of an informal club jam, but the recording did not capture sufficient background noise. Hendrix and Eddie Kramer later mixed the track, adding tape delay and other treatments. Although many live recordings of "Voodoo Child Slight Return " have been issued, only the three takes of the original studio jam, "Voodoo Chile", are known to exist.
A composite of the first two takes is included on the Blues album. The day after recording "Voodoo Chile", Hendrix with Mitchell and Noel Redding returned to the studio for the filming of a short documentary. Rather than repeat what had been recorded the day before, they improvised on "Voodoo Chile", using some of the imagery and guitar lines. As Redding recalled: "We learned that song in the studio They had the cameras rolling on us as we played it".
Both songs were released on the Electric Ladyland album. Jimi Hendrix occasionally used different names and spellings for some of his songs. In his handwritten lyrics, he used "Voodoo Chile" for the longer song, while he used both "Voodoo Chile Slight Return " and "Voodoo Child Slight Return " for the following one recorded with the Experience. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Words and Music of Jimi Hendrix. Retrieved 22 June Retrieved May 14, Blues Revue.
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