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Hear My Train A Comin'


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  • Audio CD (April 26, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: April 26, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002OSK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hear My Train A Comin'
2. Born Under A Bad Sign
3. Red House
4. Catfish Blues
5. Voodoo Chile Blues
6. Mannish Boy
7. Once I Had A Woman
8. Bleeding Heart
9. Jelly 292
10. Electric Church Red House
11. Hear My Train A Comin' (Electric)

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Hendrix plays the blues in this recording that spans his legendary career and features eight previously-unreleased performances.
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Media Type: CD
Title: BLUES
Street Release Date: 04/26/1994

After the disorganized and often unlistenable Alan Douglas-produced reissues in the '70s and '80s, MCA has been releasing the vast Hendrix archives in an intelligent and methodical manner. Blues is a perfect example, making the case that--on top of everything else--Jimi Hendrix was one fine blues guitarist. Combining the fluid lines of B.B. King with the spikiness of Hubert Sumlin and the crying tone of Elmore James with his usual synapse-frying intensity, Hendrix manages to both honor the music tradition while remaining uniquely himself. These studio outtakes and warm-ups (plus one previously released track, the magnificent "Hear My Train a Comin'") include a playful "Mannish Boy," the slow burn of "Once I Had A Woman," and a metallic "Bleeding Heart." --Steven Mirkin

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137 of 156 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for an Alan Douglas release March 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It is ironic that Steven Mirkin would begin his review with:
"After the disorganized and often unlistenable Alan Douglas-produced reissues in the '70s and '80s, MCA has been releasing the vast Hendrix archives in an intelligent and methodical manner. Blues is a perfect example..."
Why is this ironic? Because Blues is very much an Alan Douglas production and, while he had at least temporarily overcome his habit of overdubbing Hendrix's sidemen (he would backslide on the next MCA release, Voodoo Soup), there are still plenty of Douglas-isms on the album. I give the album three stars in spite of Douglas' tampering, which I would never grace with adjectives like "intelligent" or "methodical." Douglas was a butcher and he lives up to that title here.
Examples: "Voodoo Chile Blues" is a composite of three different takes sewn together with the usual Douglas subtlety (think nails on a chalkboard.) The following cut, "Mannish Boy", is likewise stitched together from various takes. That leads into "Once I Had A Woman" which, while at least only one take is used, has had its section order completely (and needlessly) altered.
There are other examples (the spoken intro preceding "Electric Church Red House" comes from a recording of "Electric Church" done eight days before the take of "Red House" it segues into here; the "Electric Church" jam is omitted altogether) that serve to show that this album was not the Douglas-free zone Mr. Mirkin believes it to be. Also, the fantastic live version of "Hear My Train" suffers from an embarrassing burden of posthumous studio effects.
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104 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth it March 15, 2000
By ty7777
Format:Audio CD
Very simply put, I got this cd as a gift and expected it to be good, but not nearly this good. It really lets light shine on Jimi's personality and at points makes you grin. At other points it haunts you with his memory, and at others it just puts you in awe. The beginning song is incredibly genuine Hendrix with a 12 string acoustic and the Voodoo Chile blues is a freaky blues song that is not a lyrical take off on Voodoo chile slight return. The most of the songs show a quirky funloving Hendrix that is just getting into the music the way it should be, and Born Under a Bad Sign shows up and shows off Jimi's talent for melody and never ending notes that ride halfway across songs. This is an album full of brilliant and vivid long blues progressions and ends with the best I've ever heard Hendrix play, doing Electric and live version of Hear My Train a'comin and it is utterly awesome. And as an added bonus, the booklet that comes inside the cd cover is literally a booklet as in a mini-book. It's a Hendrix bio that is worth the price of the cd itself, and you'll probably read it a few times. This is an amazing cd, and shows The Hendrix style of real blues, the way blues should be played. It's an amazing wave of Jimi's best and most heartfelt sounds.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hendrix's best? Best blues album? March 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Where did this come from? Many of the past Hendrix archive albums have been pretty bad, something only a fanatic Hendrix fan would want. This is an excellent blues collection throughout. On top of this, I don't think any of this material is available anywhere else. It amazes me that someone could go to the archives and pull out 70 minutes strong blues material.
Jimi Hendrix had many talents and could play in many different styles. He is as good of a blues player as he is anything else. Here he takes blues standards and updates them in his own style.
It should be noted that the sound quality isn't perfect throughout and there are some pretty rough mixes to some of the songs. There is some background noise and hissing in some songs, and one song sounds like it was spliced together. This was material that wasn't originally intended for commercial release, but has been remastered well enough to make an amazing CD. Afterall, it's the Blues, it isn't supposed to be pretty.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cruisin' Tunes December 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is the best Hendrix I own, and I've got all of his stuff. The tunes are especially good for road trips and just cruising around town
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing album... January 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This compilation of most of Hendrix's best blues will blow the listener away. His heart-felt lyrics as well as incredible guitar solos add a very different dimension to blues music. Tracks such as Hear My Train A Comin' (both acoustic and electric versions) provide incredible examples of why Hendrix is considered the greatest guitarist ever. His cover of the Muddy Waters tune Mannish Boy is wonderful. Songs like Once I had a Woman and Electric Church Red House will keep you listening for years to come. For the first time listener of Hendrix, I guarantee this album will become a stepping stone to a new and awesome arena of music. Anyone who appreciates Hendrix, rock, blues, or music in general should have this album.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Douglas no --- Experience Hendrix yes. June 18, 2000
By Rayv
Format:Audio CD
For those that don't know, Alan Douglas (aka, The Butcher, or the Bungler) had more control over this record than the prominent Experience Hendrix estate; the latter is Jimi's family. Douglas was the infamous producer of Crash Landing and Midnight Lightning. These two albums were originally recorded by Hendrix alone, however, Douglas assigned session musicians to play around the source; thus giving a wall of sound of new instruments and singers. Altho it seemed like a clever idea, the releases were highly criticized for such a feat, especially since some of Jimi's guitar tracks were erased and replaced by some goon.
Jimi's Blues is another example of Douglas at his butchery. For Instance, there's a track called "Voodoo Chile Blues" which is the same recording on ELL but Douglas has edited it and gave it his own moniker. "Once I Had A Woman" was previously released on ML, however, here it is remixed and containing several different rhythm tracks. "Jelly 292" was a basic jam, originally released on Loose Ends, this time --- ". . . that bloody Douglas!"
On the contrary, there are some highlights to this CD: "Born under bad sign" is truly a rare gem; "Hear My Train" the acoustic take, is a beautiful introduction to the album (sometimes I wonder 'why did Jimi prefer electric! '); and "Catfish Blues," a Muddy Waters original, is the kind of song you'd like to pick-up-that-guitar-and-jam to.
Considering the few decent tracks on this CD, I think if Douglas hadn't tampered with the majority of them, maybe the true Hendrix fans would hear the songs the way Jimi intended them to be. I'd say, leave all unreleased recordings in the hands of Experience Hendrix estate, and let them figure it out. A 4 star rating for those untampered tracks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great music / Love the whole package
Published 4 days ago by Mtrman590
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blues from Jimi
Wow, whether you are a casual JH fan or hardcore, this is a great album. I thought I knew "all" of his songs, but somehow I completely overlooked this album until recently. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars ) then this would not be a good album to start with
This is a collection of Blues Songs done with Jimi's interpretation of them in his distinctive style. If you are not familiar with him (is that even possible???? Read more
Published 13 days ago by D. Freeman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good transacction
Published 13 days ago by twar
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great sampling of Jimi's style
This is a great sampling of Jimi's style. Added history notes are a great addition to my library of his work. Buy It!
Published 23 days ago by Larry Penquite
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Blues
I had to buy this when I heard it at a friend's apartment. At the time I didn't know Jimi had done a blues album.
Published 1 month ago by Martina Finley
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy
Hendrix playing blues. Actually not far from what he always played. But with blues music and his sound.
Published 2 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Buy!
Published 2 months ago by Carl Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues! Gotta' have it!!
I enjoyed this CD. Nice complilation of Hendrix! Off the beaten path as they say compared to Purple Haze type of material, but I'm a Blues guy and this one works for me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by traderdean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Great Album! I Love It!
Published 3 months ago by Alexandre R. Lopes
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