Monday, June 16, 2008

Jimi Hendrix: Gloria

"The Essential Jimi Hendrix" (volumes 1 and 2) was released in 1979. On the cover of Volume Two was an extra sleeve containing a 7" (33 1/3 rpm) single of Gloria. According to the liner notes -- 1979 -- "the version of 'Gloria' included here has never before been released in the United States." At 8:41 minutes, Hendrix takes quite a few liberties with the Van Morrison classic as he creates a moody, majestically soaring piece of story-telling that at times borders on a letter to Penthouse. Not really for the kids. Back in the early 80s when I'd drive to soccer games with a boombox in the passenger seat because my car didn't have a cassette player, I'd always pysche myself up with a Jimi Hendrix mixtape. Last song I'd play before hitting the field was this one.

Listen: Gloria.

Song is easier to come by now than in 1979:
  • iTunes or Amazon (from The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Box Set))
  • iTunes or Amazon (from The Jimi Hendrix Experience: 1967-1968 (Disc Two))

1 comment:

Lord Hasenpfeffer said...

The version of "Gloria" found within "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" box set is a different take than the one pressed onto the one-sided 7" single which was included with "The Essential Jimi Hendrix Volume Two". IMO, the 7" single version is better than the one included as part of the box set. I bought that box set upon its release and remember being so excited to finally have a remastered version of the "Gloria" single I loved so much in my teens ... only to be extremely disappointed when I heard it. I even wrote a letter to Experience Hendrix, LLC, as a result of that.