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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 03:24 PM
Never get tired of "Little Wing" and its various reincarnations. So open to guitar interpretations and what beautiful lyrics. So what's your favorite flavor on this one- Hendrix, D&D (live & studio), SRV, other? I even heard a very early Derek version of it (with the Dominators I think).

I actually lean slightly toward the SRV version. Always loved Duane's majestic and soulful playing with D&D and that version's powerful dual vocal, but SRV grabs me with his thoughtful little meditations before he starts wailing away. Makes you wonder what Derek & Warren would do with it at their current stratospheric playing levels.

BTW, another amazing version is done by Laura Chavez, guitarist for San Jose's Lara Price Band. She does it on their album "I Got News". She definitely doesn't play like a girl.

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 03:51 PM
i'l have to agree that the SRV ids my favorite. Some would say that without the vocals, it's not as good but as far as i'm concerned he got the words out of the way and said it all and more with throught Number One. just my opinion.

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 05:49 PM
I've heard Derek Trucks doing it live when he was 12 or so, which totally blew me away not only because he was nailing it but the youth factor also...

That being said, Stevie Ray makes it his own...my favorite.

The Hendrix version seems to short? Just my opinion.

 

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 09:04 PM
The best for me is by Jimi Hendrix, the person who created the song.

Versions I have heard by Eric Clapton had no appeal because the song was changed so radically, and not for the better. The nice light Curtis Mayfield influenced guitar playing is not there.

I enjoy hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan play it, considering he did it as an instrumental.

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 09:16 PM
D&D hands down!
 

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 09:29 PM
Jimi, then Derek and the Dominoes.

I also dig the Sting verson with Gil Evan's orchestra.

Hiriam Bullock's solo is burning.

 

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 10:52 PM
i was always partial to derek and the dominos version because it was the first version i ever heard as a kid - even before i heard jimi's version. the best live version i heard was srv - he did it as an encore when i saw him the first time when double trouble were still a trio. blows away any version i've heard him do since. and like johnwott i also love sting's version for gil evan's arangment and hiram bullock's solo.

 

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 11:08 PM
jimi at royal albert hall 2/24/69 knocks my sox off
 

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 11:21 PM
Believe it or not, I love Sting's version the best

 

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  posted on 9/9/2006 at 10:49 AM
IMHO - a lot a great ones...love them all, but nothing ever matched the ethereal delicate spacey magic of the original Jimi,Axis version....thank you Mr. Glockenspiell.... my $0.02cents....

 

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  posted on 9/9/2006 at 12:00 PM


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  posted on 9/9/2006 at 03:28 PM
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  posted on 9/9/2006 at 03:31 PM
jimi 2/24/69--the best

 

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  posted on 9/13/2006 at 07:06 PM
Jimi, but Live, if not is to short
 

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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 01:28 AM
For me, by far, it's Jimi's version from "Hendrix In The West". SRV's versions are interesting but they lack the sweet intonation of Jimi. This no doubt because Jimi had perfect pitch. I also much prefer Jimi's vocals over anybody elses. And finally, Jimi's wah-wah at the end is, to me, the definitive use of wah-wah, sweet, melodic, and lyrical.

 

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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 06:35 AM
Hey Marion, how's it going! Good to see your post, folks like you Greggswoman, Gaston, Donnah, ClayPelland etc make this place what it is -- contributors.
What becksbolero said -- in fact didn't even know it was Hendrix's song until later. Love that one but am partial to the D&D version. my

 

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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 09:12 AM
jimi is king of little wing---but doesn't duane cover it with clapton on the layla album--van't recall--i'llcheck the album--does anyone recall?

 

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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 09:14 AM
woops--just scrolled up this page & found the answer--sorry--peace

 

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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 09:28 AM
musta been a real good Saturday night......LOL...

 

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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 10:09 AM
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For me, by far, it's Jimi's version from "Hendrix In The West". SRV's versions are interesting but they lack the sweet intonation of Jimi. This no doubt because Jimi had perfect pitch. I also much prefer Jimi's vocals over anybody elses. And finally, Jimi's wah-wah at the end is, to me, the definitive use of wah-wah, sweet, melodic, and lyrical.
Good post, I agree. In The West on CD is hard to get right now.

 

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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 10:14 AM
peachnutt--more like areal mellow sun. AM----& an old man memory!!!!peace

 

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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 10:51 AM
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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 11:30 AM
most sun. AM's are busy but, its a holiday weekend & my kids are actually not busy --so mellow in just being able to hang with the wife and kids in a non rushed enviornment--how often do many of you have to just relax with the family--our lives sometimes become too hectic and rushed--am ialone in feeling that way?!

 

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  posted on 9/24/2006 at 03:04 PM
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our lives sometimes become too hectic and rushed--am ialone in feeling that way?!


Well, I . . . . oh . . .
I'll have to get back to you on that

 

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  posted on 9/25/2006 at 07:48 AM
Well ... obviously Hendrix's original. It's hard to top it like say ... the way Hendrix topped "All Along The Watchtower" ... however ... Derek and the Dominos did a tremendous reworking of it. I like the fact that they moved it into a new key "E" from "G." And Duanes slide rhythm is some of his best work IMHO. Of course you've got Slow Hand ... SRV's instramental version is very influential more so because today's crop of "blooze" players believe that Stevie is the alpha and omega and not just a hopped up Albert King.

 

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