September 18, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death

I listen to Jimi Hendrix almost every day, and this September will be no exception. Hendrix died 40 years ago and his influence on rock music and the musicians that play it, and the fans (both old and young) that enjoy it, is still undiminished.

Extracts from Jimi Hendrix Biography on Rock.co.za

He’s been called a genius, a poet, temperamental, unpredictable and controversial. He was all these things and more… Jimi, the Electric Gypsy, took the guitar to places it had never been before and rock and roll would never be the same again.

On the 27th November 1942 in Seattle, Washington Al Hendrix and Lucille Jeter had a son, Johnny Allen Hendrix. His father subsequently changed his son’s name to James Marshall Hendrix on 11th September 1946. He was one-sixteenth Cherokee Indian from his mother’s side. Unquestionably one of music’s most influential figures, he brought an unparalleled vision to the art of playing electric guitar. Self-taught (and with the burden of being left-handed with a right-handed guitar) he spent hours absorbing the recorded legacy of southern-blues practitioners, from Robert Johnson to B.B. King.

On 18th September 1970, his girlfriend, Monika Danneman, became alarmed when she was unable to rouse him from sleep. An ambulance was called, but Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital. The inquest recorded an open verdict, with death caused by suffocation due to inhalation of vomit. – Brian Currin, 1999

I Don’t Live Today

A fantasy 2CD collection compiled by Brian Currin

Disc One:

Studio:

  1. Purple Haze
  2. Hey Joe
  3. Foxy Lady
  4. Red House
  5. I Don’t Live Today
  6. Highway Chile
  7. The Wind Cries Mary
  8. Manic Depression
  9. Drivin’ South (BBC)
  10. Little Wing
  11. Little Miss Lover
  12. Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)
  13. Still Raining, Still Dreaming
  14. All Along The Watchtower
  15. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  16. Midnight
  17. Pali Gap
  18. Freedom
  19. Angel
  20. In From The Storm

Disc Two:

Acoustic:

  1. Hear My Train A-Comin’ (December 1967 version)
  2. Belly Button Window
  3. Live:

  4. Like A Rolling Stone (Monterey Pop, June 1967)
  5. Sunshine Of Your Love (A Happening For Lulu TV Show, January, 1969)
  6. Sunshine Of Your Love (Royal Albert Hall, February 1969)
  7. Room Full Of Mirrors (Royal Albert Hall, February 1969)
  8. Fire (Woodstock, August 1969)
  9. Woodstock Suite (Woodstock, August 1969):
    1. Jam
    2. Star-Spangled Banner
    3. Purple Haze
    4. Woodstock Improvisation
    5. Villanova Junction Blues
  10. Machine Gun (Band Of Gypsys, Fillmore East December 1969)
  11. Machine Gun edit (Isle Of Wight, August 1970)
  12. Johnny B Goode (Berkeley, May 1970)

Musicians:

Jimi Hendrix: Vocals, Guitars

The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Oct. 1966 – June 1969):
Mitch Mitchell: Drums
Noel Redding: Bass

Guests on ‘Electric Ladyland’: (1968)
Steve Winwood: Organ
Jack Casady: Bass
Chris Wood: Flute
Al Kooper: Piano
Buddy Miles: Drums
Mike Finnigan: Organ
Freddie Smith: Horns
Larry Faucette: Congas

Gypsy Sons And Rainbows Band (Woodstock, 18th August 1969):

Larry Lee: Guitar
Juma Sultan: Percussion
Jerry Velez: Percussion
Mitch Mitchell: Drums
Billy Cox: Bass

Band Of Gypsys (Dec. 1969 – Feb. 1970):
Buddy Miles: Drums
Billy Cox: Bass

The Cry Of Love Band (March 1970 – Sept. 1970):
Billy Cox: Bass
Mitch Mitchell: Drums

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