Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (5:12)

Cover of Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix

From Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix and 15 other releases

“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is the last track on the third and final album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland. The song is influenced by Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ Stone” and is known for its wah-wah-heavy guitar work. It is #101 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest songs of all time.

The song was recorded in 1968, and was re-released as a single after Hendrix’s death in 1970. It was the A side on a three-track record, and reached Number 1 in the UK. It was catalogued as “Voodoo Child” (Track 2095 001), and that is the title which appears on the single and is the title referred to officially. This obviously confuses it with the 15-minute song on the album Electric Ladyland. The B-side of the single featured two of his previous hits: “Hey Joe” and “All Along the Watchtower”.

In November 2009 (41 years after being recorded), it was voted “the greatest guitar riff of all time” in a poll at www.musicradar.com


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