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Pickin' on Hendrix

  • 1. Purple Haze
    2. All Along the Watchtower
    3. Crosstown Traffic
    4. Hey Joe
    5. Are You Experienced?
    6. Foxey Lady
    7. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
    8. Little Wing
    9. Star Spangled Banner, The
    10. Fire
    11. Wild Thing Waltz
    12. Wind Cries Mary, The
    13. Stone Free
    14. Jimi Hendrix Overture
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8031

  • Credits

    Performers include: David West, Bo Fox, Tom Corbett, Jay Dee Maness, Charlie Cushman, Randy Howard.
    Personnel: Kenny Sultan (vocals, guitar); David West (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, hammer dulcimer, mandolin, electric bass); Pat Millikin (acoustic guitar); Charlie Cushman (banjo); Randy Howard, Richard Greene , Byron Berline (fiddle); Tom Ball (harmonica); Al Di Marco (piano); Barry "Bones" Patton (drums); Bo Fox (snare drum, cymbals, percussion).
    Recording information: Studio "Z", Santa Barbara, CA.
    In the late 1990s, CMH Records initiated its Pickin' on series, each volume of which features bluegrass arrangements of tunes by rock 'n' roll artists. Jimi Hendrix seems the least likely candidate imaginable for this kind of treatment, and as you might expect, the results are decidedly mixed. Occasionally, the approach works quite well-the upbeat version of "Little Wing" has an especially attractive pedal steel part to recommend it, and an even more surprising success is the banjo-driven rendition of "Foxy Lady" halfway through the program. But a bluegrass version of "The Star-Spangled Banner"? Give me a break. The album is further undermined by CMH's typically lackluster production standards and by the inclusion of drums and electric instruments-not that these are necessarily a problem in and of themselves, but when the schtick is bluegrass Hendrix, it sort of feels like cheating. Not recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

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