Hendrix High Live’n Dirty

According to Wikipedia, Hendrix High, Live’n Dirty is a part of Bleeding Heart but if you’ve ever heard FHITA, it feels more like an extremely intimate moment with Hendrix that you weren’t supposed to witness. These tracks by Hendrix have all but disappeared from digital media due to an all-out blitz by Sony Music to limit availability. However, it is still available on vinyl in the original bright red packaging.

Hendrix High, Live’n Dirty is the name given to to an informal jam session featuring a very high Jimi Hendrix. The album is akin to a car wreck, you know it’s bad, but you can’t stop looking. There is a lingering feeling that we were not supposed to see this!

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart, as it has been officially dubbed now,  is one of several names given to albums of a 1968 jam session with Jimi HendrixJim Morrison, and Janis Joplin – who ended a session by smashing a bottle over Morrison’s head. The albums were fashioned from an informal two-track tape recording made by Hendrix that was subsequently stolen from his apartment. The jam took place at the Scene club in New York City and various dates and participants have been suggested. Although it presents a unique setting, critics and biographers have generally found fault with the album. The sound quality is poor and the performances by both Hendrix and Morrison are bad.

Bleeding Heart

Hendrix High Live’n Dirty Back
Hendrix High Live’n Dirty Back Cover

We have written about this album before, especially the impact this album had on later generations of Hendrix fans. This item from a 1991 interview in Guitar World (if you haven’t already read it first) will change everything you think about Jimi Hendrix. It will forever alter the way you view Hendrix perform and the way you listen to Hendrix. Especially this excerpt which is a quote by Ritchie Blackmore:

I was impressed by Hendrix. Not so much by his playing, as his attitude. He wasn’t a great player, but everything else about him was brilliant. Even the way he walked was amazing.

Ritchie Blackmore on Jimi Hendrix
Ritchie Blackmore
The One and Only: Ritchie Blackmore

Listen To Hendrix High Live’n Dirty

Update December 4th, 2021: Sony Music is aggressively taking down all YouTube videos that contain music from High Live’n Dirty. 😔 It appears your only option for listening to High Live’n Dirty as to buy the album on vinyl, then you can enjoy FHITA! 😃

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Guitar as a Intellectual Endeavor

The critiques of High, Live’n Dirty are almost universally negative. However, hearing Hendrix nearly mentally disabled with drugs, and then comparing this to his more sober appearances, highlights something important. Hendrix teaches us the value of guitar as an ‘intellectual endeavor’ instead of a ‘skills endeavor’. Perhaps most guitarists play with their skill while Hendrix (and others) played with their head. Make this his differentiation and the world of music opens up to vastly greater dimensions. Syd Barrett starts to make more sense, and you can even tell the intellectual uniqueness of Dimebag Darrell in greater detail with a better understanding of Hendrix.

Psychedelic Invention Number 6

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Quotes

Live at the scene club we found the blunt. When we woke up this morning it was gone. It was like a Jimi Hendrix people hell!

Jerry Joplin