Hendrix High Live’n Dirty

According to Wikipedia, Hendrix High, Live’n Dirty is a part of Bleeding Heart. This 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.

Bleeding Heart is one of several names given to albums of a 1968 jam session with Jimi HendrixJim Morrison, and others. 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 sound quality and Morrison’s performance.

Bleeding Heart

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

Hendrix High, Live’n Dirty

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.