Jimi Hendrix / The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Little Wing

Composed by Jimi Hendrix

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Despite Jimi Hendrix's well-deserved reputation as an electric guitar pioneer, there is little doubt that he was also capable of masterful melodies, and "Little Wing" is perhaps his finest. A gentle, soulful chord progression, based on an E minor to D major shift, guides the melody and is an accurate mirror of the title and lyrics. Ostensibly a tender love song, Hendrix conveys these emotions in a bittersweet way that juxtaposes his stance as a hard rocker. Instrumentally, it's also a fabulous vehicle for his jazzy/psychedelic guitar work, as well as Mitch Mitchell's jazz-inspired drumming. Easily one of the highlights of his second album (Axis: Bold As Love), a terrific, instrumental alternate version (first take) is now available on The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set. Stevie Ray Vaughn (a true Hendrix disciple) recorded an exquisite version in the late '80s.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Axis: Bold as Love 1967 Sony Music
Experience [Original Soundtrack] 1971 3:19
Woke Up This Morning and Found Myself Dead 1980 Weton-Wesgram 3:11
Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story 1991 Reprise
The Ultimate Experience 1993 MCA 2:23
No Image 1994 MCA
The Jimi Hendrix Experience 2000 Experience Hendrix / Sony Legacy 3:15
The Last Experience 2002 Charly Records
An Evening with the Jimi Hendrix Experience 2005 Purple Haze Productions 3:25
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: 1969 2007 Geffen / Universal 3:16
Live 1968 Paris/Ottawa [CD/LP] 2009 Experience Hendrix 3:40
Winterland [Box Set] 2011 Sony Music 4:01
Winterland [Highlights] 2011 Experience Hendrix / Legacy 4:12
No Image UniVibes 4:05
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