Jimi Hendrix Experience Perform “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” in Stockholm

May 20th, 2015

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By Damian Fanelli

In 2015, where everything, and we mean everything, is turned into a video with minimal effort—whether it deserves to be or not—we tend to forget that it wasn’t always like that.

While YouTube abounds with clips of your favorite bands in action from the Seventies onward, “filming things,” including live shows by Cream, the Beatles, the Who and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was still something of a novelty in the Sixties.

Which is why it’s so nice to be able to watch all of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s January 9, 1969, show in Stockholm, Sweden. And, as a bonus, to see the full set list from both shows the trio performed that day.

One of the highlights of both shows was the always-epic “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” the studio version of which appears on 1968’s Electric Ladyland.

Below, check out Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell as they simply pound out this droning masterpiece in E (or Eb if you figure in Jimi’s tuning). Enjoy!

  • Jack Greenslade

    Such a fantastic musician, and gone so soon,miss your style Jimi

  • JohnnyCNote

    Not his best, I’m sorry to say. The explosiveness of the early days of the JHE had long since been wrung out of Hendrix and his bandmates after months of exhaustive touring and general exploitation by less than scrupulous members of his management “team”. This performance drags along much longer than Lnecessary – by the halfway point I was ready for it to end.

    On the other hand, a much better performance was captured on film at Woodstock. The camera stays on Hendrix for extended periods, which is great if you play guitar and are looking to gain clues and insights into his technique.

    Don’t get me wrong, this is a good example of Hendrix near the top of his game, but it’s hard not to think about what ultimately became one of the great tragedies of the 60’s psychedelic era…