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 MCA / Universal Distribution 2:24
The Ultimate Experience 1993 MCA 2:23
No Image 1994 MCA
Voodoo Guitar 1998 Pazzazz 3:17
The Jimi Hendrix Experience 2000 MCA / Experience Hendrix 3:23
Red House 2005 Pazzazz 3:17