Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection is a two-disc compilation album featuring songs recorded by American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Jimi Hendrix. It was released on May 8, 2001, by MCA Records.[1] The first disc contains studio recordings, including alternate versions, while the second disc contains live recordings, some of which were previously unreleased. Its accompanying booklet features numerous photos and an essay written by Kurt Loder.[2]

Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
Hendrix Voodoo Child.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedMay 8, 2001 (2001-05-08)
Recorded1966–1970
GenreRock
Length146:19
LabelMCA
CompilerJanie Hendrix, John McDermott
Jimi Hendrix chronology
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
(2000)
Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
(2001)
Live in Ottawa
(2001)

Voodoo Child was generally well received by critics. On April 4, 2006, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold 500,000 copies in the United States.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Blender     [4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [6]

Reviewing for Blender magazine, Robert Christgau regarded Voodoo Child as an improvement over the 1997 compilation album Experience Hendrix because, apart from "Manic Depression", it does not leave out any crucial songs. He also believed the second disc features undefinitive but revealing live recordings that made it Hendrix's best live album.[4] Oscar Jordan of Vintage Guitar said the release "blows the previous greatest hits style packages out of the water". While finding the first disc "well-paced" and "an excellent sampler of some of Jimi's best studio work", Jordan was more impressed by the live disc, on which he said "some of the best live recordings ever made of Hendrix reaffirm his status" as "the ultimate live performer and entertainer".[2] AllMusic's Lindsay Planer wrote that, considering the difficulty in curating a compilation of Hendrix's music, Voodoo Child's exceptional song selection and sound quality make it successful as "a thumbnail sketch of Hendrix in both a studio and concert environment … a great touchstone for anyone wishing to begin their Jimi Hendrix experience".[3] In the opinion of The Daily Telegraph's Jamie Dickson, the compilation shows why "his status as rock's most outrageously inspired guitarist has endured", while contrasting "the opulence of his studio epics with the fluency and fire of his live performances nicely".[7]

Nicholas Taylor from PopMatters was more reserved in his praise, feeling the alternate versions on disc one are of mixed quality but that the two-disc set still offers listeners the most thorough overview of Hendrix's precarious artistry, particularly the live disc. "We hear him at his glorious studio best, we hear his less than stellar studio experimentation, and we hear his sometimes wildly exhilarating, sometimes horribly messy, live performances", Taylor wrote, concluding that Voodoo Child "gives us a full picture of Jimi Hendrix—always experimenting, always pushing the limits of conventional guitar rock, always willing to put it all out there at the risk of looking like a fool."[8]

Track listingEdit

The titles and running times are taken from the original Voodoo Child CD release. Other releases may show different information.

All tracks are written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

Disc one (studio)
No.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Purple Haze"single2:50
2."Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts)single3:30
3."The Wind Cries Mary"single3:20
4."Fire"Are You Experienced2:43
5."Highway Chile"alternate recording3:39
6."Are You Experienced?"Are You Experienced3:35
7."Burning of the Midnight Lamp"single (UK)3:39
8."Little Wing"Axis: Bold as Love2:24
9."All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan)alternate recording3:59
10."Crosstown Traffic"Electric Ladyland2:12
11."Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"Electric Ladyland5:12
12."Spanish Castle Magic"alternate recording5:48
13."Stone Free"alternate recording3:43
14."Izabella"single (US)2:46
15."Stepping Stone"single (US)4:07
16."Angel"The Cry of Love4:21
17."Dolly Dagger"Rainbow Bridge4:44
18."Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)"The Cry of Love6:04
19."Third Stone from the Sun" (UK bonus track)Are You Experienced6:45
Disc two (live)
No.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Fire"previously unreleased3:33
2."Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts)Live at Winterland6:46
3."I Don't Live Today"Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix StoryDisc four6:45
4."Hear My Train A Comin'"Rainbow Bridge (album)11:00
5."Foxey Lady"Rainbow Bridge (film)4:25
6."Machine Gun"Live at the Fillmore East11:36
7."Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry)Hendrix in the West4:45
8."Red House"The Jimi Hendrix Concerts8:00
9."Freedom"Isle of Wight4:06
10."Purple Haze"StagesDisc three3:55
11."The Star Spangled Banner" (music composed by John Stafford Smith)Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More3:43
12."Wild Thing" (Chip Taylor)Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival7:41

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum: Voodoo Child". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Jordan, Oscar (January 2001). "Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection". Vintage Guitar. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. "Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection – Jimi Hendrix". AllMusic. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (December 2005). "Back Catalogue: Jimi Hendrix". Blender. New York. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 53. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  6. ^ Evans, Paul; Brackett, Nathan (2004). "Jimi Hendrix". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 374. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  7. ^ Dickson, Jamie (July 24, 2002). "Standing next to the fire". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Taylor, Nicholas. "Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection". PopMatters. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Billboard album charts info – Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection at AllMusic. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Jimi Hendrix". Official Charts. Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 1, 2016.

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