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Jimi Hendrix's Jukebox

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Although these 25 tracks recorded between 1941 and 1956 may well have inspired Jimi Hendrix in his early years, they also inspired a whole lot of other people as well, since every one of these sides is a classic and, taken together, they make for a nice and diverse "jukebox" in almost anyone's name. Included here are immortal cuts like Elmore James' slide guitar gem "Dust My Broom" from 1951, Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog" from 1953, Miles Davis' version of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" from 1955, Bill Doggett's instrumental "Honky Tonk" from 1956, and Fats Domino's easy-rolling "Blueberry Hill," also from 1956. It's a nice set, whether one cares to bring Jimi Hendrix into it or not.

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