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Jimi Hendrix



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5 stars What can I say, an apex stone in my musical journey, this first Experience project is like the "working class hero" project, as opposed to musical school trained musicians projects.

Hendrix's proto- Prog approach was more personal, than studied. He, a master of his instrument, was looking beyond musical fads. He was obsessed in finding his own musical language and explored whatever came close to his goal. BUT the guy was not only a natural born-performer, he after years of chasing the dough, by playing as support musician (as Jimmy Page did), knew from the start that the magic of music was actually in the musical-composition.

Upbrought in the USA blues scene, he swam against the current , he saw the Blues as an element not the whole. So the brushes with Prog are authentic and not sought, faked nor intended. Taking into account for starters that at the moment of release (1967), no one was taking the electric guitar sound to such vast musical and not musical distances and by doing so, he abused his virtuous performances with passion and fury as with tender love, but ALSO with his original skill of song writing (his poetry more than once is sublime), to match everything into a single flawless effort.

Not corrupted by school-training, he found his muses wherever they showed. Free of this "school-musician" baggage his musical aspirations were un-polluted. The authenticity in composition, far away from the style of the bands he supported, was due to many fortunate circumstances and because of his sheer natural-born talent. Therefore, he by chance and timing came up with some true-progger songs, creating from scratch he arrived to some, by then, completely un-known and un-explored, musical discoveries which in future time will be named Progressive- Rock (Third Stone From the Sun), or the more Avant Garde ( Are You Experienced?).

So this is Proto-Prog. Don't expect anything else and you will get everything, in this awesome, time-less, musical experience.

*****5 PA stars- For what it represents, for its daring song-writing and of course for a perfect 3 piece unit that works as clockwork (Mitch Mitchell is my favorite all-time drummer).

admireArt | 5/5 |


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