Jimi Hendrix

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laughatmelon
01/04/2011

Jimi Hendrix 1

you have to twist your face to show that you're playing from the soul. Jimi got credits from Rambo for wearing those rages on his head to show bad a$$ image. Have an orgasm with his guitar just to show all of the great guitar players after him are his son. Sour grapes that didn't ripe. lame duck, sitting bull. Terrible, just 110% terrible.

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nstrmr
11/20/2010

Jimi Hendrix 1

I have to go with Clapton

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Jimi Hendrix 4

Talented, yes. Greatest, hardly.
Yes, he pioneered the fuzzbox-on-11 feedback sound. Unplugged, he was simply a good guitarist. Most who idolize him do not play guitar, and have no idea what they are talking about.

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Jimi Hendrix 1

I think Hendrix is one of the most overrated guitarists of all time. His guitar has a terrible sound, his music is not good and his riffs are way too raw. I often compare him to my favourite guitarist, Mark Knopfler. There's a huge difference between those two; Knopfler is a better songwriter, a much more rhythmic guitarist and has a better sound.

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Timgrius
08/13/2010

Jimi Hendrix 3

Ahead of his time, yes. Ahead of his instrument? Probably not.

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raiaj
08/09/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

YES JIMI, BUT DO YOU KNOW WHO'S JIMI'S FAVORITE GUITARIST WAS, TERRY KATH-CHICAGO

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Tim52
07/10/2010

Jimi Hendrix 4

Jimi was able to put together some incredible songs: Crosstown Traffic, All along the Watchtower, Voodoo Child, Red House, and others, however, he also put together some playground stuff that appeared to be more from his drug trip than his heart and soul. He was an interesting kind of player, in that, he seemed to be able to put things together in a manner that seemed so natural and easy for him. I suppose that this would mean that he was a natural talent on the guitar. When he attempted to do some straight music it was good but never great, Band of Gypsies comes to mind. I don't think that this was in his heart. Maybe he just never consistently found his heart in the music but was strewn about by the social and business aspects of his trade. A very good guitar player but limited from being great by being limited in being able to put his music to the 'moving' experience.

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badgerfan1
06/19/2010

Jimi Hendrix 3

He was NOT the best. He was totally overrated and frankly his Star Spangled Banner sounded like crap. I am sure if I could put up a guitar, i could do distortion as good as him. I do feel he was a better blues musician than a rock musician.

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wbwill
06/13/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

What a sham, imagine if he had someone who could have got to him and saved his short life.

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Elizabeth Sugden
05/19/2010

Jimi Hendrix 4

wat can i say that hasnt been said ,,,

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FreeBeer
04/30/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

When he was on Johnny Carson that was great, yeah, but I don't listen to him now. totally dig his talent.

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Bird808
04/30/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

What I would pay to see Jimi Hendrix at a Festival in the UK right now live. There is absolutely no denying this man played the guitar like it was second nature to him. He made it looks so easy and for me that shows someone with serious skills. The very idea that Jimi could play with his teeth when half the people on this list couldn't even play a guitar properly and rightfully with their own hands speaks volumes to me.

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Kirk Patriot
03/25/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

The King of guitar!

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brady4532
03/25/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

god

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jdfrosty
03/23/2010

Jimi Hendrix 1

I will never understand the outrageous hype about Hendrix. He wouldn't even recognize a guitar without heroin. Yes, he paved the way for distortion and I thank him for that, but his music has never impressed me. And the solo he did of the star spangled banner was the most annoying 9 min of my life.

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ScrewtheRules
03/20/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

Fucking legend man

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JimmyV
03/11/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

Wow, I actually read in this blog where someone wrote Hendrix was "incapable of original or intelligent thought". I find it sad and shocking that natural selection has somehow missed this person. This is a prime example of someone who's trying really hard to sound like they know what they're talking about, without the benefit of an actual brain, and without having really listened to any Hendrix music. Here's my advice. DON'T BRING A KNIFE TO A GUNFIGHT, DORK.

The fact of the matter is, ever since Hendrix took the stage in London every other guitarist on earth was immediately second best. That has not changed, nor will it ever. If you asked Page, Clapton, Beck, the Kings, and anyone else who REALLY plays and understands the instrument's complexity, 'who is the most gifted person to pick up the instrument?, they would all say Hendrix, without a second thought.


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brokenandbelov ed
02/07/2010

Jimi Hendrix 1

Kohl's?

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Jake_Armitage
02/05/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

There has already been enough great reviews on Jimi, everything that can be said has been said, I am merely giving my review and five star rating, because something is extremely wrong when Eddie Van Halen is rated higher than Jimi as best guitarist of all time. (No disrespect to Eddie, but even he would agree Jimi was better, come on, Eric Clapton even admits it).

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Ironbelly
02/05/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

What can one say

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Cash55
01/26/2010

Jimi Hendrix 5

Trying to frame Hendrix in an accurate display is like trying to define the sixties from one single viewpoint. You hear all the angst, violence, confusion and innocence of the period in every note he pulls out of his instrument. We are speaking here of his artistic capabilities. As a pioneer, well there were no black guys with soul-music background growing their hair long, playing psychedelic versions of Bob Dylan in silk scarves and old band uniforms with a couple of English geezers. Hendrix brought all these eclectic elements together in a way that had never been done before and in doing so defined the era! Not that he was trying to, so much as he wanted to bring his particular vision forth. Like Van Gogh, he painted with a broad, emotional stroke. Sometimes heavy-handed but full of life and the energy of the moment. He was not tentative in his ground-breaking and drew upon diverse influences from Albert King to Bob Dylan to the Beatles. Ask any of the top guitarists of the day who they listened to; who they would drop everything to go and watch. Townsend, Clapton, Beck and many others of the day even remarked that they might as well hang it up when Hendrix came on the scene. What do we have as a legacy? 3, 3 1/2 years of output to judge him by. I offer that in that short time his flame burned so bright that to this day it illuminates that pivotal time in American history that (admit it or not) changed us all. Hendrix was the most pronounced voice of the sixties hippie ideal that helped end a war and opened doors of consciousness and lifestyle that have never been closed since. Anyone living in this arrogant, jaded world of cyberspace can't imagine what it was to witness the space gypsy voodoo child that was Jimi Hendrix live and holding court on the concert stage. Life-changing!
Wait...I hear my train a'coming.

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Jester002
12/30/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

I'm not the only soul who's accused of hit and run
Tire tracks all across your back I can see you had your fun
But darlin' can't you see my signals turn from green to red
And with you I can see a traffic jam straight up ahead

You're just like crosstown traffic
So hard to get through to you
Crosstown traffic
I don't need to run over you
Crosstown traffic
All you do is slow me down
And I got better things on the other side of town

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randleog
11/27/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

It is really strange how a lot of people just don't get Hendrix - even some people who are otherwise capable and credibly good musicians. I can remember listening to Hendrix for the first few times (at 16) after after a diet of Eric Burdon, Stones, Kinks and Beatles - it sounded like a din - at first! Then as the ear and brain tuned in to it I started listening more and more - and then found I could listen to little else.

My cousin, a few years younger laughed at me for being hooked on it - and then at the age of 25 sheepishly admitted that I was right.

No other musician I am aware can achieve that vibe - what seems like an almost perfect translation of brain to instrument (then to ear to pleasure centres of the brain). If you don't get it - you aren't listening right! And it still works for me nearly 40 years later.

“Brits make up half the top 10 in the "100-greatest" list compiled by Total Guitar magazine from thousands of votes by readers and celebrities.
Left-hander Hendrix, who famously played his instrument with his teeth and behind his head, perfected his flamboyant style in the clubs of Greenwich village in New York.”
November 27, 2009
Total Guitar top 20:

1. Jimi Hendrix.
2. Jimmy Page.
3. Eric Clapton.
4. Slash.
5. Brian May.
6. Joe Satriani.
7. Eddie Van Halen.
8. Dave Gilmour.
9. Kirk Hammett (Metallica).
10. Steve Vai.
11. Carlos Santana.
12. James Hetfield (Metallica).
13. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine).
14. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana).
15. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits).
16. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne).
17. Gary Moore.
18. Jeff Beck.
19. Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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kattzzi
11/13/2009

Jimi Hendrix 1

Jimi Hendrix was, and still is, "light-years" ahead of all rock guitarist. Period ! Anyone that debunks that is either deaf, or a complete racist.

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Giggles_895
10/08/2009

Jimi Hendrix 3

only heard of him before?

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Jimi Hendrix 5

The best ever to touch a guitar

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Margarite McCain
08/14/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

I'm a little young to know him, but he sure knew how to wow the crowd and play a guitar in strange manner.

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sideshowbobby
07/20/2009

Jimi Hendrix 3

now c'mon people--the most amazing things about this guy--he was black, he strung his guitar backwards to play it left handed, and he did enough drugs that he didnt get bothered by the flaming guitar as he played--he was ok, but honestly , not a guitar god

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Tristan _966
07/13/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

Amazing guitarist

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frippertronic
07/13/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

An amazing guitarist comming from nowhere, expressing the soul of his mind, the soul of his music. Always authentic, always 100% of him. His talent, underestimate by some suposely narrow experts, fly over the mediocrity of the today music. Hendrix you was then you remain the best !

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delcloque
06/11/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

So glad to see Jimi Hendrix, despite his premature death as far back as 1973, as the best guitarist of all time, I am so pleased to be old enough to have seen JH play live, truly awesome, yet unsurpassed talent! Philippe

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Darkpalace
06/10/2009

Jimi Hendrix 4

I do think he was good. I liked the music. I didn't buy his album. I think there was talent there. It brings memories back. It's like nothing else. My other friend liked him. His music is used in Withnail and I and it really makes the movie good. It stands for the generation.

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kaylay09210
06/08/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

jimi hendrixx roxxx my soxxx off he is a great guitarists i love his song the wind cries mary i played it on guitar hero but i sucked

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lawngone
06/05/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

... imagine him with today's recording technology. ... chills down the spine.

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Chrisrianna
05/22/2009

Jimi Hendrix 1

The reason that anyone on this Earth knows about him is because of his so called "stage presence", where he acted like some crackhead looking for his next fix and somehow this excited people. This is the only reason we even know who he is today, because it sure as hell was not his playing ability, that is for certain. Some guitar players have "limited range" if this is true then Hendrix had absolutely NO range and the only evidence that one needs to prove this theory is to have the ability of hearing.


People that like Hendrix are incapable of original or intelligent thought. They remind me of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin", they are just like the rats in that story, they follow blindly because they believe the word of some drugged out stoner from the sixties who pretends he/she saw him back in the day and had some kind of revelation. So keep on being a rat and follow the word of some aging hippie, because that seems to make you happy!


Criteria to be the Greatest Guitar Player of All-Time according to the positive reviews of Jimi Hendrix on this web-site: 1. Must be able to play a guitar with your teeth, behind your back or any other non-traditional way 2. Be able to play a right handed guitar left handed (even though it is strung for a left handed player) 3. Flailing around the stage, this includes dry-humping your guitar and amplifiers and sometimes setting your guitar on fire(see picture above) 4. This part is crucial, you must be able to tweek your face so much that you appear to be playing your guitar with your "Soul", because this step will show your greatness. 5. You must be able to bend your strings, this is an un-natural act for a guitar player, because it is not a basic technique for a guitarist and this would make you unique amongst other guitar players 6. Absolutely do not play with skill and dexterity, just play sloppy and with lots of distortion 7. Appeal to the drug culture and die young to further your legend before your auidence can get bored with your abilities.


 

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~*! DOOM COOKIE !*~
05/21/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

sweet guitar playin

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FranksWildYear s
05/06/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

Well count me as being incapable of original or intelligent thought, but I don't think I have ever read a rock and roll biography, or interview where some legend doesn't mention the first time they heard Jimi Hendrix and that they were totally turned upside down by what they heard. He's remembered as a guitar hero but was also developing into a great songwriter during his short career. Songs like Little Wing and Wind Cries Mary hinted at a future far beyond the bluesy sonic blast that caught every one's attention at first. Of all of the rock legends of the era who died too soon, I think his was the greatest loss. He probablly would have done much more interesting work as he progressed.

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müse sïlver.
05/05/2009

Jimi Hendrix 1

never heard of him

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Jimi Hendrix 5

another one of the natural prodigys , a must for any collector

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Astromike
04/20/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

A legend. Foolishly ended his music career at a young age and at his prime.

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The Nature Boy
04/13/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

Jimi was indeed a guitar god a legend that will be remembered for ever.

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sk4u2009
04/12/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

OMG this guy is fantastic on the guitar....... he can make it cry it is sooo amazing!

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EschewObfuscat ion
03/21/2009

Jimi Hendrix 4

Hendrix at Woodstock. That was a daze.

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edt4
03/20/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

Brilliant. Magic. As a kid, I never related to his music in a personal way because he always seemed to be singing about Unicorns and Sand Castles in the sky and other topics I couldn't really relate to (Black Sabbath singing "Snowblind" or the NY Dolls singing "Pills"-- now, that I could relate to!), but watching him perform when he was at the top of his musical game was like watching a shamanic witch-doctor wizard casting a spell. I never get tired of watching him at Monterrey, or Woodstock; blows my mind every single time. Impossible not to contemplate what more he might have been able to accomplish had he lived.

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colleen-249
03/17/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

I'm on the watch tower with you man

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fitman
03/14/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

There is no one, single "best guitar player of all time", but Jimi Hendrix certainly belongs listed with those less famous others who should also be at the top, like Hubert Sumlin (for his magnificent work with Howlin' Wolf, who by the way was no slouch on guitar himself), Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Lightning Hopkins, John Hurt, John Fahey and Leo Kottke, just to name a few off the top of my head.

Naturally, with everyone allowed to participate regardless of qualifications or lack thereof, this list is really nothing but a popularity contest. If it wasn't, Jeff Beck would be way higher on the list than his fellow Yardbirds, Page and Clapton.

UPDATE:

How can anyone give Andres Segovia less than five stars?

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Victor83
03/14/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

Seems that this guitar-rating thing has come down to Hendrix vs. Van Halen, live on Pay Per View. I was a big Van Halen fan, but....sorry....gotta go with Hendrix here. He was an innovator who inspired a whole new sub-genre of music. The same cannot be said for Ed.

Update: Welcome back Chris. That said, once and for all...Eddie Van Halen, while a decent guitar player, is not fit to wash out the headband of Jimmy Hendrix.
Funny that Hendrix has been called perhaps the best of all time by the likes of Prince, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck (to name just three)
Anyway, glad we are back to something important here.

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zlmn
03/13/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

BEST!!!!!!
BEST WAS, IS, and will always BE!

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rikdrokr
03/08/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

I bought my first hendrix album in 1971...Rainbow Bridge

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jgls
02/16/2009

Jimi Hendrix 5

The greatest guitarist in rock history.

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