The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Fire

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One of Jimi Hendrix's most defining songs, "Fire" is an exercise in soul, psychedelic rock, and polyrhythmic jazz-inspired drumming. One of the standouts on the debut Are You Experienced? album, the song and recording showcased the truly raw energy that the band was capable of. Set in an up-tempo soul base, the song's bass and guitar riffs are mighty and played at breakneck speed. Lyrically, the song is based around Jimi Hendrix's great rock & roll swagger, and the sexual threat in the song shines through loud and clear. Several live versions are in existence, but the March 1968 version on The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set is positively devastating.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Are You Experienced? 1967 MCA 2:43
Smash Hits 1969 Experience Hendrix / Legacy 2:45
No Image 1987 Signal
Steal This Disc 1987
Various Artists
Rykodisc 3:12
The Ultimate Experience 1993 MCA 2:37
No Image 1994 MCA
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions 1998 Experience Hendrix 2:41
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock 2008
Various Artists
Capitol 2:42
Playlist: The Very Best of the Jimi Hendrix Experience 2013 Experience Hendrix / Legacy / SMG / Sony Legacy 2:45