Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (5:12)

Cover of Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix

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“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is the last track on the third and final album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland. The song is influenced by Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ Stone” and is known for its wah-wah-heavy guitar work. It is #101 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest songs of all time.

The song was recorded in 1968, and was re-released as a single after Hendrix’s death in 1970. It was the A side on a three-track record, and reached Number 1 in the UK. It was catalogued as “Voodoo Child” (Track 2095 001), and that is the title which appears on the single and is the title referred to officially. This obviously confuses it with the 15-minute song on the album Electric Ladyland. The B-side of the single featured two of his previous hits: “Hey Joe” and “All Along the Watchtower”.

In November 2009 (41 years after being recorded), it was voted “the greatest guitar riff of all time” in a poll at www.musicradar.com


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  • NitaD1

    Gotta just luv the twangy intro!!

    28 Jun 9:47pm Reply
  • tomrud73

    'I don't need you no more in this world/i'll meet you in the next one/don't be late'

    18 Jun 8:57pm Reply
  • gat67

    What's not to like about this song? It's freakin awesome!

    11 Jun 3:28pm Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Top track! www.jackybullfrog.com

    24 May 3:58am Reply
  • dollface622

    Jimi created all of our careers with his magical playing.

    16 May 2:42pm Reply
  • NepravylnaRyba


    16 May 3:08am Reply
  • dewbie226


    30 Apr 1:49am Reply
  • Twentyonetwelve


    23 Apr 2:13am Reply
  • joecubbie

    The Greatest Guitarist of All Time

    17 Apr 5:52pm Reply
  • reece_sim

    All right, Jimi, you're my hero.

    3 Apr 1:48pm Reply
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  • xtwntraphq

    This tune rolled my" Orange Barrel" even farther!

    30 Mar 2:41am Reply
  • nicorebel


    25 Mar 9:49am Reply
  • Sooperglitcher

    rhoads. It's not morally wrong to hold that belief. It's just factually incorrect. :]

    24 Mar 1:52am Reply
  • rhoads77

    Is it wrong to say that I think SRV's version is better? No disrespect in the least, just an opinion. [2] I'm actually torn on this one. I like that SRV's version has an ending instead of the fade-out on the studio version from Ladyland which has always bugged me. But Jimi out-did himself live with this song time and time again so it's hard for me to choose who does it better. But I wouldn't say it's "wrong" to say haha. After all Hendrix is famous for blowing Dylan out of the water with his version of Watchtower so who's to say Jimi is untouchable?

    13 Mar 10:50pm Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Jimi is the top guitarist. www.jackybullfrog.com

    2 Mar 1:46pm Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    Is it wrong to say that I think SRV's version is better? No disrespect in the least, just an opinion.

    26 Feb 11:24am Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    brain tingles as it kicks in.

    20 Feb 1:45pm Reply
  • luciferdemonio

    i dont mean break that guitar i mean it like "SNAYYP" dat guitar

    18 Feb 7:39pm Reply
  • luciferdemonio

    snap that guitar man

    18 Feb 7:34pm Reply
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