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You will get plenty of Jimi Hendrix’s stoned soul rambles and loverman moves in the upcoming biopic All Is By My Side. But one thing you won’t see Outkast rapper André Benjamin do is sing any of Hendrix’s original songs in the film.
So, if you’re truly jonesing for a bit more from Jimi, why not dip into the posthumous album First Rays of the New Rising Sun, which Hendrix was working on when he died in September 1970? Specifically, dig “Drifting,” a classic slab of mellow-down backwards guitar psychedelia written as a tribute to R&B singer Curtis Mayfield, recorded in the three months before Hendrix’s death. Everyone knows Jimi and so many of his songs, but this one rarely (if ever) gets talked about, and as far as we’re concerned, it’s as good as “The Wind Cries Mary.” It hasn’t been resurrected, it’s not on his best-ofs or greatest hits, but it’s our job at Trunkworthy to make sure you hear it.
Using the same trippy Uni-vibe phase shifter pedal effect employed on “Little Wing,” Hendrix captured the melancholy tone he was looking for by feeding his guitar through a rotating Leslie speaker. The result feels like, well, like taking a trip on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. If you close your eyes, you can almost feel the sun sinking slowly on the horizon, the warm water making ripples as you drag your fingers along the surface.