Voodoo Child

Jimi Hendrix

About Voodoo Child

"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" is a song recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968 that appears as the final track on the Electric Ladyland album released that year. It contains improvised guitar and a vocal from Jimi Hendrix, backed by Noel Redding on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. The song is one of Hendrix's best known; it was a feature of his concert performances throughout his career, and several live renditions were recorded and released on later albums. After his death in 1970, Track Records released the song as a single in the United Kingdom using the title "Voodoo Chile" (see confusion over title). It became Hendrix's only number one single on the UK Singles Chart, reaching the top position during the week of November 15, 1970. Several artists have performed or recorded versions of the song. Rolling Stone magazine included it at number 102 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". 

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I stand up next to a mountain
Chop it down with the edge of my hand

Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. Despite a limited mainstream exposure of four years, he is widely considered to have been the greatest electric guitarist in the history of popular music, and one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. more »

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Musical Genre
"Voodoo Child" by Jimi Hendrix is a song classified under the psychedelic rock genre. It showcases the music's characteristic exploration of new sound textures, improvisation techniques, and groundbreaking use of recording technology.
Album Inclusion
The song "Voodoo Child" is part of Jimi Hendrix's third studio album, "Electric Ladyland" released in October 1968.
Official Title
The full title of the song is "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)." It was a reworking of the jam session song, "Voodoo Chile," from the same album.
Instrumental Feat
Hendrix's guitar work on "Voodoo Child" is considered one of his finest performances. His use of the wah-wah pedal in the track was innovative and transformative for guitar-playing techniques.
Rolling Stone magazine listed "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" as number 101 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2011.
Record Label
The song was released under the record label, Track Records in the UK and Reprise Records in the US.
The track runs for about 5 minutes and 12 seconds.
Cover Versions
Singles and cover versions of Voodoo Child have been performed by numerous artists, including Stevie Ray Vaughan and Stevie Wonder.
The lyrics of the song supposedly engages with notions of haunted love and voodoo practices, giving it a mysterious and eerie feeling.
Live Performances
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" was a staple at Hendrix's live performances and was the closing song on most of his concerts.
Chart Performance
The song's cover version by Australian group Pseudo Echo reached No. 1 on the Australian Kent Music Report in 1987.
The song was released as a promotional single for the album, along with other famous Hendrix songs like "Crosstown Traffic" and "All Along the Watchtower." It was not released as an individual commercial single during Hendrix’s lifetime.
The song was recorded in 1968 at the Record Plant Studios in New York City.
The song had a substantial impact on many future rock guitarists, with its particular style of playing using feedback, distortion, and the wah-wah pedal influencing numerous future performers.
Video Game Appearance
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" is part of the playable list in the "Guitar Hero World Tour" video game.

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