Saturday, April 16, 2011

Jimi Hendrix & The Isley Brothers - In The Beginning (1964)


Cut around 1965, while Hendrix was still part of the Isley's band, these casual sessions, remixed to push his guitar up with the voices, are far superior to Curtis Knight's Hendrix tapes. Make you wonder what would have happened if they'd been released at the time.
These are the first offerings from the Isley Brothers' T-Neck record label, and many consider special because Jimi Hendrix played lead guitar on them. However, these tracks bombed as singles. "Testify" is noisy and congested, too much is going on. Hendrix's guitar is prominent, and identifies him as conclusively as a DNA sample. The Isleys imitate popular singers Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and James Brown on "Testify," but the imitations are weak and sound like clones of each other. "Move Over and Let Me Dance" has some of "Testify"'s problems but works a little better, it has a danceable groove and a much better hook. The only soft selection is "The Last Girl," which has an airy sound, and features a rare laid-back vocal from Ron Isley during this phase of his career. Hendrix fans will love this, but fans of the Isleys' later stuff will not be impressed.


1. Jimi Hendrix & The Isley Brothers - Move Over And Let Me Dance ~ part 1 (2:44)
2. Jimi Hendrix & The Isley Brothers - Have You Ever Be Disappointed ~ parts 1 & 2 (6:22)
3. Jimi Hendrix & The Isley Brothers - Testify ~ parts 1 & 2 (alternate take) (4:14)
4. Jimi Hendrix & The Isley Brothers - Move Over And Let me Dance ~ part 2 (2:47)
5. Jimi Hendrix & The Isley Brothers - Wild Little Tiger (2:26)
6.  The Last Girl
7.  Simon Says
8. Looking For A Love
9. Testify ~ parts 1 & 2
10.  Move Over And Let Me Dance
11.  Have You Ever Be Disappointed
12.  The Last Girl
13.  Looking For A Love
14. My Little Girl
15.  Open Up Her Eyes
16.  Love Is A Wonderful Thing
17.  Footprints In The Snow
18.  Who's That Lady
19. The Basement
20. Conch
21. My Little Girl ~ alternate version
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