Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While there's certainly no shortage of Jimi Hendrix tributes out there, this 19-song collection merits attention because it does more than merely present the late legend as a guitar hero. Yes, that element of Jimi's legacy is showcased here -- most notably by Prince, who turns in what might be the disc's most immediately grabbing moment when he tears into "Purple House," a sinewy revamp of Hendrix's "Red House." But as its title indicates, the disc's focus is on Hendrix's roots in soul and rhythm-and-blues. To that end, Musiq taps into the sensual core of "Are You Experienced?," turning the song into virtual foreplay, while Chaka Khan wrings plenty of emotion from ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While there's certainly no shortage of Jimi Hendrix tributes out there, this 19-song collection merits attention because it does more than merely present the late legend as a guitar hero. Yes, that element of Jimi's legacy is showcased here -- most notably by Prince, who turns in what might be the disc's most immediately grabbing moment when he tears into "Purple House," a sinewy revamp of Hendrix's "Red House." But as its title indicates, the disc's focus is on Hendrix's roots in soul and rhythm-and-blues. To that end, Musiq taps into the sensual core of "Are You Experienced?," turning the song into virtual foreplay, while Chaka Khan wrings plenty of emotion from "Little Wing." Bootsy Collins and the P-Funk All Stars bring their trademark surrealism to the disc's title track, though they allow Hendrix's sense of rhythm, rather than the more typical Mothership groove, to dominate. Similarly, Eric Clapton's take on "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" exudes an earthiness that belies Slowhand's refined recent playing. Six-string fanatics will savor a previously unreleased live medley from the late Stevie Ray Vaughan -- taking in "Little Wing" and "Third Stone from the Sun" -- but passion, not virtuosity, is the be-all and end-all of Power of Soul.
All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
There have been a large number of tributes to the great Jimi Hendrix, generally ranging from spotty to awful, but here's one that actually works. Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix is the first to appear under the auspices of Experience Hendrix, the Hendrix family's umbrella company for all things Jimi Hendrix, and despite a couple misfires and hints of nepotism, it's very well done. Many of the artists stick pretty close to the originals with success, like Chaka Khan's reading of "Little Wing" featuring Kenny Olson (Kid Rock) on guitar, or Lenny Kravitz's version of "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)." Eric Clapton's take on "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" is a bit stiff, but features some great guitar work, and the all-star group Carlos Santana put together for "Spanish Castle Magic" (Stanley Clarke, Tony Williams, Corey Glover) is good, but a bit lackluster. Earth, Wind & Fire turn "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" into a Little Axe tune, featuring some nice guitar from Sheldon Reynolds. Reynolds is co-producer on the album, along with his wife, Janie Hendrix, and here's where the nepotism creeps in. Reynolds is the only individual involved in more than one track, and a couple of them are probably the weakest tracks on the album. There is a brief snippet (43 seconds) of Hendrix's friend Velvert Turner playing guitar, with organ and vocal overdubs by Sheldon Reynolds. It's a nice thought to include Turner in the comp, but the track is a throwaway. Devoted Spirits, which features George Duke, is another Reynolds project that does a decent instrumental version of "Who Knows," but the canned applause added to this studio track is completely unnecessary. Sounds of Blackness make an attempt at updating "Castles Made of Sand" with a contemporary R&B sound and some added African lyrics, but they only use the chorus of the song, leaving behind Hendrix's achingly beautiful lyrics and then incorporating part of the chorus to "Angel." Reynolds solo is nice, but the arrangement of the tune just doesn't really work. Ultimately, those are minor quibbles because the tracks that really work are so good that some CD programming makes for a fine album. Prince reinterprets "Red House" with great gospel-esque backing vocals and a monstrous guitar solo. Bootsy Collins and members of the P-Funk crew also take a few liberties and add some new lyrics to "Power of Soul" to great effect, making the tune their own. Sting does an absolutely fantastic job with "The Wind Cries Mary," but it's John McLaughlin who steals the spotlight on that track. "May This Be Love" by Eric Gales is beautifully handled (with Gales playing all the instruments), and Musiq's take on "Are You Experienced" is equally well done, with two turntablists using Are You Experienced on vinyl to substitute for guitar. The album ends on another definite highlight, with a blistering live medley of "Little Wing" and "Third Stone from the Sun" performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Hendrix himself never even attempted to perform "Third Stone from the Sun" live, and Vaughan absolutely nails it. There are some flubs in his performance, but the amount of feeling he plays with easily overcomes them. Overall, Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix is a keeper for Hendrix fans, and one of the few various artist tributes that actually succeeds much more than it fails.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Image Entertainment
  • UPC: 014381228120
  • Catalog Number: 2281

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gratitude - Al Hendrix (0:18)
  2. 2 Are You Experienced? - Musiq (Soulchild) (4:23)
  3. 3 Spanish Castle Magic - Santana (4:09)
  4. 4 Purple House - Prince (3:39)
  5. 5 The Wind Cries Mary - Sting (4:31)
  6. 6 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (3:38)
  7. 7 Power of Soul - George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars (4:48)
  8. 8 Burning of the Midnight Lamp - Eric Clapton (4:23)
  9. 9 Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) (3:08)
  10. 10 30 Years - Al Hendrix (0:13)
  11. 11 Who Knows - Devoted Spirits (3:16)
  12. 12 Purple Haze (4:37)
  13. 13 Going Home (0:43)
  14. 14 Little Wing (3:40)
  15. 15 Castles Made of Sand (3:06)
  16. 16 May This Be Love - Eric Gales (4:26)
  17. 17 Foxey Lady (3:40)
  18. 18 Red House - John Lee Hooker (4:04)
  19. 19 Little Wing/3rd Stone From the Sun - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (12:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Guitar, Vocals
Sounds of Blackness Vocals
Eric Gales Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Lenny Kravitz Bass, Guitar, Drums, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Vocals
Prince Guitar, Vocals
Maurice White Vocals
George Duke Synthesizer, Keyboards, Soloist
John McLaughlin Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Tony Williams Drums
John Allair Guitar, Vocals
Bernard Edwards Bass
Larry Graham Bass
Nile Rodgers Guitar
Penny Ford Background Vocals
Velvert Turner Group Guitar
Tawatha Agee Vocals
Gary Bias Saxophone, Group Member
Dinky Bingham Keyboards
Victor Bisetti Drums
Bootsy Collins Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Noise, Space Bass
Ray Brown Trumpet, Group Member
Danny Caron Guitar
Chaka Khan Vocals
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
Stanley Clarke Bass
John Clay Background Vocals
George Clinton Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Phelps "Catfish" Collins Rhythm Guitar
Larry Dunn Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Soloist
Corey Glover Vocals
Richard Hilton Keyboards
Ron Jennings Guitar
George Laks Piano
John Lawson Drums
Ricky Lawson Drums
Chris Layton Drums
Dominic Miller Rhythm Guitar
Daniel Moore Keyboards
Kenny Olson Guitar
Morris Pleasure Bass
John Powe Background Vocals
Sheldon Reynolds Organ, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Tommy Shannon Bass
Garry Shider Background Vocals
Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar
Verdine White Bass
Belita Woods Background Vocals
Demetrius Peete Background Vocals
Daniel Morgan Bass
Carlos Santana Guitar
Melvin Parker Drums
Sheldon M. Reynolds Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Charles Pettaway Guitar
Derek Clark Electric Piano
Aaron Clay Bass
Tony Thompson Drums
Jack Daly Bass
James "Jockey" Young Percussion
Steven Wolf Drums
Marcus Randolph Drums
Jason Crosby Violin, Keyboards
DJ Aktive Turntables
Thomas Callaway Vocals, Background Vocals
William Hagan Vocals, Background Vocals
Caspar Dah-Holy Ghost Percussion, Noise, Space Bass
Toby "Animal Crackers" Donahue Turntables
P-Funk Mob Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Lenny Kravitz Producer
Prince Producer
Nile Rodgers Producer
Bootsy Collins Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer
Mario Caldato Jr. Producer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Henry Hirsch Engineer
Paul Klingberg Engineer
Eddie Kramer Producer, Engineer
Michael Landau Producer
George Marino Mastering
Sheldon Reynolds Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Jim Stern Engineer
Ed Thacker Engineer
Gary Tole Engineer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Gary Hines Producer
Simon Osborne Engineer
Terry Donovan Cover Photo
Sheldon M. Reynolds Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Janie Hendrix Producer
Derek Clark Arranger
Ira Schick Producer, Engineer
Cyrille Taillandier Digital Editing
Ben H. Allen Engineer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Producer
Dan Certa Engineer
Robert Randolph & the Family Band Producer
Caspar Dah-Holy Ghost Sound Effects
Karl Demer Engineer
John McDermott Producer
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