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Jimi Hendrix — Manic Depression
Album: Are You Experienced?
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Released: 1967
Length: 3:40
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Manic depression is touching my soul
I know what I want
But I just don't know how to go about getting it

Feeling, sweet feeling
Drops from my fingers, fingers
Manic depression is captured my soul, yeah

Woman so willing the sweet cause in vain
You make love, you break love
It's-a all the same when it's, when it's over

Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress
Manic depression is a frustrating mess
Wow

Well, I think I'll go turn myself off an' uh, go on down
All the way down
Really ain't no use in me hanging around, oh, I gotta see you

Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress and uh, kiss, kiss
Manic depression is a frustrating mess
Wow
Yeah
Ow

Music, sweet music
Music
Depression
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BillG: beautiful Jimi. Pls dig deeper MM
 macbags wrote:

We sure had it good, does it seem legal?



If you'll recall, it wasn't completely legal.
it's tough on Stevie Ray Vaughan when he is followed by Jimi Hendrix. makes Stevie sound like an uninspired guitar player.
Jimi didn't die, he just went home to that planet from beyond that lent him to us. It's the only explanation why he was such a phenomenon and light years ahead of his ilk.
All these years later, finally, I hear the blues in Hendrix's playing -- no better example of this song. What a genius.
for anybody that knows even a bit about psychiatry, the lyrics are bollocks

the tune ain't that good either

I'm glad it got released though, to prove even a "deity" like Jimi can make mistakes, too   {#Mrgreen} 
Great track from my favorite Hendrix album.  Wish I still had the Vinyl...
The idea that one man, one very magical man, was able to do so much, with one guitar and friends so firm in the grip and grasp of such an unbound mind and unhindered spirit...just kinda blows my freaking mind, like only Jimmy can.  Way on up, this one goes, every time!

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 meadowwoods wrote:
Turned this one UP!!
 
I did too... but unfortunately my pathetic little desktop speakers do not do the song justice.
This is why they make dials that go to 11.
Turned this one UP!!
Not an individual song I might put on very often,

but it always seems to hit the spot when someone else does.
the only person to make depression sound GOOD.
Was in Seattle last week for work and took some time to take in the Experience Music Project (EMP) museum. Fantastic exhibit on Hendrix in London (as well as Nirvana and the Stones '72 American tour). Great museum!
Oh, yeah...Much-needed after a sleepy melancholic stretch...JIMI!
This song manic depression is sooo extraordinary and cool.
One of my favourit Hendrix tracks so far. 
Thanks for playing this, Bill.  This is one Hendrix piece that isn't played much... and another showcase for Redding and Mitchell, too.
this is probably my favorite of hendrix's stuff. close would be dolly dagger. both cause
We sure had it good, does it seem legal?
{#Drummer}
Maaaaaannnn, you should play somethin from The Monkeys.

when posting replies to gigantic photos, it is possible to shrink them.  Some of us like to read actual comments.      

I realize I've gone completely off the reservation but to me Band of Gypsys was the sh**t!  there was some brilliant albeit brief work done there. a heavier sound with cox and miles,and some absolute ripass giiittarr.... case in point...lonesome train 
Music sweet music
Not the best of John Allen" - by far!

Still - it's  our Jimi "Untouchable" Hendrix!

PS
Still - we should not forget
great Mitch "Fame" Mitchell,
and Noel "Fat Matress" Redding!
Only as a Trio they accomplished this sounds.

PPS
Both - Mitch and Noel got 20.000 Dollar
when released from their rights in the band.
2o-touuuuusand laughable bucks - while, later,
father Hendrix made multi-millions from the
heritage of his son!


B&R - Frequent mention of Soft Machine here.  Can't we get some please?
One of my favorite Hendrix tunes and definitely my favorite rockin tune. Most of his best works are his slower ballads IMO. This song roks!!{#Drummer}
1969 again. Saw Jimi that year at the Bank Street Theatre here in Ottawa. Opening act Soft Machine. Great show. Old movie theatre and pieces of the ceiling were being peeled off by the volume
Still one of my favorite Hendrix albums was the last one he did in a studio, "Cry of Love", which then became entagled in a huge legal battle between his surviving relatives. It was finally re-released about 10 years or so on a CD, but because of the legal outcome, was not released under the original title, but under "The First Rays of the New Rising Sun". Drifiting has got to be one of my all time favorite Hendrix tunes, as it is a slow song with great lyrics, "Drifting through a sea of forgotten teardrops....."




Unfortunately, Jimi was completely upstaged by Soft Machine that night in '68.


Great song to start off a Monday.

KSFA!!

{#Motor}
I would have loved to see this performed live. 
It would be a "Manic Depression" not to listen to this unique and talented musician!
Wow! That's Hendrix for ya...he and his guitar were one and the same. {#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Tongue}
Hadn't rated this one yet, but it goes straight to 10
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Jimi Hendrix-The Guitar Legend by ~klicek
Marcin Klicki   ©2007-2010 ~klicek

Hello, I've made this picture for the contest "Myths & Legends" in Polish cg vortal max3d ( ) with the subject of "Jimi Hendrix- The Guitar Legend".

I win the first prize and cg choice gallery award


 
exelent - i set it as my wall paper
hope its ok with you

 calypsus_1 wrote:

Jimi Hendrix-The Guitar Legend by ~klicek
Marcin Klicki   ©2007-2010 ~klicek

Hello, I've made this picture for the contest "Myths & Legends" in Polish cg vortal max3d ( ) with the subject of "Jimi Hendrix- The Guitar Legend".

I win the first prize and cg choice gallery award


  Very nice!{#Clap}



Jimi Hendrix-The Guitar Legend by ~klicek
Marcin Klicki   ©2007-2010 ~klicek

Hello, I've made this picture for the contest "Myths & Legends" in Polish cg vortal max3d ( ) with the subject of "Jimi Hendrix- The Guitar Legend".

I win the first prize and cg choice gallery award




 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
And the drummer is like the four-arms Shiva -godess
 
oh, yeah ...  amazing.

...whew...


 EssexTex wrote:


Go Mitch
 
Srsly. It's like a cascade of riffs and fills that somehow fit the meter.

 kurtster wrote:

'scuse me while I kiss the sky ...
 
My first 'Crosstown traffic' changed me forever. Age 9 baby!
 jagdriver wrote:


                                                  Your brain on Hendrix

 
'scuse me while I kiss the sky ...



Go Mitch
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
And the drummer is like the four-arms Shiva -godess
 
Mitch was great - what a loss. For a great ear exercise, go back and concentrate on the drums on these early albums. Some really great stuff!


Always amazing.
Wonderful song, especially for a forty-year old !!
3/4 time Hendrix. Does it get any better than this? I think not. Hats off to Mitch and Noel as well. Awesome band.
 freddyfender wrote:
I much prefer this diagnostic term to the more recent "bipolar".  I have been diagnosed with "bipolar" disorder, but I refuse to be labeled as such.  I am Manic Depressive dammit, and that is that.

The manic phases are sweet, just need to watch out for the inevitable depression phase.  I guess that is why I self medicate.
 

If you're talking about manic phases being "sweet", you're not suffering mania.  Sounds like hypomania to me.
 Papernapkin wrote:
... Oh, other than to say, 'My favorites are better than your favorites.'
 
Well, my favorites ARE better than your favorites.  {#Good-vibes}   (Don't you think your favorites are better than mine?)


 Papernapkin wrote:
Noise. Overrated noise.
 
Noisy is the word in my mind...some Hendrix I like, not this.


And the drummer is like the four-arms Shiva -godess


                                                  Your brain on Hendrix

imho one of the best tracks ever written.a soul that shall never rest.go jimmy

Hendrix at his best to be sure....
Guitar god
 shawshank wrote:
Love the drumming man....{#Motor}
 

He, Bonham and Paice were the "big three' of rock drumming in the late 60s/early 70s, and to me they are still three of the all time greats.
 jagdriver wrote:


February 23, 1968 (Detroit)—Jimi had an off night and was upstaged by Soft Machine.
(Poster art by Gary Grimshaw.)

 
I used to have many Soft Machine albums.  What happened to them?  And why is there none on RP?  Can't someone upload some?

 freddyfender wrote:
I much prefer this diagnostic term to the more recent "bipolar".  I have been diagnosed with "bipolar" disorder, but I refuse to be labeled as such.  I am Manic Depressive dammit, and that is that.

The manic phases are sweet, just need to watch out for the inevitable depression phase.  I guess that is why I self medicate.
 

Bipolar Disorder by Jimi Hendrix...... {#Think} 

Naw, I don't think it has the same ring......
 Moormann wrote:
This from a guy who gave Coltrane's "Naima" a 6 and Miles' "Freddie Freeloader" a 5. Brings to mind Mr. T's signature line, "I pity the fool."
 
I give high ratings to new music I intend to buy. I own plenty of Miles. The rating feature here is pretty useless if you use it the way it was intended. Oh, other than to say, 'My favorites are better than your favorites.'


 Moormann wrote:
This from a guy who gave Coltrane's "Naima" a 6 and Miles' "Freddie Freeloader" a 5. Brings to mind Mr. T's signature line, "I pity the fool."

 
It's bad form on RP to use a person's ratings against them. One person's sucko-barfo is another's godlike, and that I'm sure applies to your rating record as well (no, I've not looked at it). Taste is subjective. Bleedin' obvious thing to say, but sometimes the bleedin' obvious has to be said, looks like.

{#War}
Noise.  Under-rated noise!  Heh.
This from a guy who gave Coltrane's "Naima" a 6 and Miles' "Freddie Freeloader" a 5. Brings to mind Mr. T's signature line, "I pity the fool."

 Papernapkin wrote:
Noise. Overrated noise.
 




February 23, 1968 (Detroit)—Jimi had an off night and was upstaged by Soft Machine.
(Poster art by Gary Grimshaw.)

 TanteJensen wrote:

Right! And you know what really pisses me of? People that like orange juice! Orange juice sucks, and people who don't get how much it suck are just (enter obscene word here) that make me sick and shouldn't be allowed to walk the earth that apple trees stand on, because apple juice is so outstandingly cool, it's genius overwhelms me.

Don't judge people by their musical taste. It makes you look like a moron who has nothing other to judge people by.

 
Bravo, well put lol tho orange juice gives me indigestion

I much prefer this diagnostic term to the more recent "bipolar".  I have been diagnosed with "bipolar" disorder, but I refuse to be labeled as such.  I am Manic Depressive dammit, and that is that.

The manic phases are sweet, just need to watch out for the inevitable depression phase.  I guess that is why I self medicate.
Papernapkin wrote:
Noise. Overrated noise.


Not unlike your posting.
 Misterfixit wrote:
Ah Jimi, why did you have to leave us so soon? Ah well, you and Janis and all the others are up there in that Eternal Rock and Roll Band. I'm praying for tickets to front row seats if I get up there!

 
Sadly all 3 of the Experience are now in that big R&R band in the Sky: JImi, Noel Redding and now Mitch Mitchell.  Hendrix was a genius but I think his best work was with Redding and Mitchell and you know they had to be good to play with him.

shawshank wrote:
Love the drumming man....{#Motor}

Mitch Mitchell passed away one week ago, today. I fear we're reaching the very end of an era.

Thanks for playing this, Bill.

even though I like this one I prefer Yngwie Malmsteen's cover{#Curtain}
Love the drumming man....{#Motor}
Noise. Overrated noise.
 Yamson wrote:

Not really.  Twangy guitar pop certainly didn't originate with this song (look further back a decade or so), and I have a real hard time describing the sound of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as "twangy guitar pop."  Maybe there's some similar instrumentation?  Hendrix's Fender Strat and Cobain's Fender Jaguar perhaps.

 

i did not use the term pop to connote "pop music" .
i meant pop more like...................................pop goes the weasel!
 thewiseking wrote:
do ya hear the twangy guitar pop in this which Nirvana copped for teen spirit?
 
Not really.  Twangy guitar pop certainly didn't originate with this song (look further back a decade or so), and I have a real hard time describing the sound of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as "twangy guitar pop."  Maybe there's some similar instrumentation?  Hendrix's Fender Strat and Cobain's Fender Jaguar perhaps.

SPACEDOG wrote:
I pity you, fool.

Right! And you know what really pisses me of? People that like orange juice! Orange juice sucks, and people who don't get how much it suck are just (enter obscene word here) that make me sick and shouldn't be allowed to walk the earth that apple trees stand on, because apple juice is so outstandingly cool, it's genius overwhelms me.

Don't judge people by their musical taste. It makes you look like a moron who has nothing other to judge people by.

 cayenne wrote:
This has as much stereo separation as an original Beatles tune. I'm sitting outside on the patio and I have Jimi's voice and the drums in front of me, and his guitar behind me. It's a little weird - shouldn't the Jimi be in the same place as his guitar? Song kicks ass, though.

 
When it was recorded, 4 tracks were the norm.  They separated the tracks across the stereo spectrum.  Sounded great!
They don't do that as much now - it's like glorified mono.

 maxmox wrote:
Nice pic of Mitch, thanks. A very fast, yet light player with gallons of creativity to match the master.
 
Agreed; It's natural to concentrate on Jimi's guitar and voice, but sometime just listen to the drums. Amazing. It's been said that the rhythm section of the Experience was the bass with both guitar and drums as lead instruments!

do ya hear the twangy guitar pop in this which Nirvana copped for teen spirit?
 fretman wrote:
Lexically speaking, your name should be "Physicsgenious", clearly there's an elephant at your keyboard.
 
Here's a link that helps clear up recent semantic associations of the "genious" misspelling: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=genious.
This has as much stereo separation as an original Beatles tune. I'm sitting outside on the patio and I have Jimi's voice and the drums in front of me, and his guitar behind me. It's a little weird - shouldn't the Jimi be in the same place as his guitar? Song kicks ass, though.

WLS_AM890 wrote:
power trio in full effect
And then some.........
Ah Jimi, why did you have to leave us so soon? Ah well, you and Janis and all the others are up there in that Eternal Rock and Roll Band. I'm praying for tickets to front row seats if I get up there!
physicsgenius wrote:
hedgehog to run the sound board
Inane comment, but fantastic image! LMAO!
NeuroJoe wrote:
A solid 9; although the SRV version gets a 10 from me. Not that Hendrix was any less a genius than Stevie
?
Just an unbelievably great rock song by THE master of the guitar.
Mugro wrote:
Whoah. God has not been kind to you, so I won't pile on.
:lol:
Thea wrote:
in all honesty, I logged in in in the middle of the song. And my radio (am at work) is on too low to really decipher lyrics. Like I said, I respect that JH contributed and was highly influential to musical history. But yeah, generally speaking, when he launches into his guitar solos, it's just... often, I have to turn it down. I have the same problem with much of Sonic Youth, for what it's worth. My ears are not equipped to distinguish guitar notes--it just becomes screeching to me.
Whoah. God has not been kind to you, so I won't pile on.
Thea wrote:
I fully appreciate JH's legacy in musical history, and no way could I ever say that the world of music would be the same without his presence. But really, in my ears, it's just a lot of screeching guitar.
I pity you...
Danny_G wrote:
John "Mitch" Mitchell
Nice pic of Mitch, thanks. A very fast, yet light player with gallons of creativity to match the master. :drummer:
Bless you wherever you are Jimi H. :fire:
coloradojohn wrote:
This shit be 40 years old, y'all. An it fo sho knocksa dang dust offa any otha thing on out there. Uhhm-hoom, it do. Dig -- all the way down... Ah-heh...You must be losin' yo sweet little mind... Ahw, y'know whatmtryinasay!
nice attempt at a troll. :no:
Beautiful.
... music, sweet music, I wish I could caress an' kiss ... :music: love it! :bananajam:
This shit be 40 years old, y'all. An it fo sho knocksa dang dust offa any otha thing on out there. Uhhm-hoom, it do. Dig -- all the way down... Ah-heh...You must be losin' yo sweet little mind... Ahw, y'know whatmtryinasay!
Beyond words... the god has spoke....
Thea wrote:
in all honesty, I logged in in in the middle of the song. And my radio (am at work) is on too low to really decipher lyrics. Like I said, I respect that JH contributed and was highly influential to musical history. But yeah, generally speaking, when he launches into his guitar solos, it's just... often, I have to turn it down. I have the same problem with much of Sonic Youth, for what it's worth. My ears are not equipped to distinguish guitar notes--it just becomes screeching to me.
I pity you, fool.
power trio in full effect
Lexically speaking, your name should be "Physicsgenious", clearly there's an elephant at your keyboard. physicsgenius wrote:
Train an elephant to play a guitar (and a hedgehog to run the sound board) and you could fool 100% of Hendrix-was-a-GENIOUS worshippers that Jimi was alive again.
Train an elephant to play a guitar (and a hedgehog to run the sound board) and you could fool 100% of Hendrix-was-a-GENIOUS worshippers that Jimi was alive again.
Wow Hendrix after Radiohead...trying to compensate for playing the latter?
A solid 9; although the SRV version gets a 10 from me. Not that Hendrix was any less a genius than Stevie but the SRV version makes me want to crank it up just a bit more for some reason.
in all honesty, I logged in in in the middle of the song. And my radio (am at work) is on too low to really decipher lyrics. Like I said, I respect that JH contributed and was highly influential to musical history. But yeah, generally speaking, when he launches into his guitar solos, it's just... often, I have to turn it down. I have the same problem with much of Sonic Youth, for what it's worth. My ears are not equipped to distinguish guitar notes--it just becomes screeching to me.
Thea wrote:
I fully appreciate JH's legacy in musical history, and no way could I ever say that the world of music would be the same without his presence. But really, in my ears, it's just a lot of screeching guitar.
Your ears missed a lot of great music, the drumming is spectacular, the bass and how it makes all the changes in the song flow in to one and intense lyrics. Manic depression is touching my soul I know what I want but I just dont know How to, go about gettin it Feeling sweet feeling, Drops from my fingers, fingers Manic depression is catchin my soul Woman so weary, the sweet cause in vain You make love, you break love Its all the same When its, when its over, mama Music, sweet music I wish I could caress, caress, caress Manic depression is a frustrating mess Well, I think Ill go turn myself off, And go on down All the way down Really aint no use in me hanging around In your kinda scene Music, sweet music I wish I could caress, caress, caress Manic depression is a frustrating mess and all you hear is screeching guitars?
Brilliant intro. One of the best you're likely to hear...
Robolink wrote:
I was just craving some Jimi... how did you know!? And Mitch Mitchell.... truly God-like...
It's hard to not concentrate on the guitar, but you're right, listen to the first couple albums and listen to Mitch. He was such a perfect match for Jimi. Most of the time Noel Reading was left to cover the rhythm and beat all by himself, which he did.
I fully appreciate JH's legacy in musical history, and no way could I ever say that the world of music would be the same without his presence. But really, in my ears, it's just a lot of screeching guitar.
Jimi does it over and over - he launches into some insane wild solo and you wonder how the hell he's going to come back to the melody and cadence of the song and he does it and you don't even notice. Genius.
I had 3 cousins that ranged from 3-6 years older than me who were "hippies". The summer I was 11 while on a visit to their home my cousins were in the basement playing this album as loud as possible... I was sitting about mid-way down the steps sort of spying, sort of trying to "hang" with them when my mother, quite agitated and apropos of nothing in particular, came tearing down the stairs and began yelling as loud as she could in an effort to be heard over the music, "I don't want my daughter exposed to this angry negro, devil worship, drug using, hippie music!" About half way through her tirade, my cousin lifted the needle off the vinyl... After she spat out her anger/frustration/hate/intolerance she stomped her foot, turned on her heel and retreated back up the basement stairs, slowing only slightly as she grabbed the back of my shirt and dragged me out of that den of horrors. Ah, good times....
Brilliant. One really has to consider when this came out, what was going on at the time, and where he was taking us with his music. It's rough, sure, but, man, it is so, so powerful.
Only Hendrix could make a 'frustratin mess' sound so gooood!
Props to the Dj. On quite a fantastic roll the past 6 hours at least.
I was just craving some Jimi... how did you know!? And Mitch Mitchell.... truly God-like...
i love the solo in this song!
10
Didn't like him then, don't like him now.
SuperWeh wrote:
I think Jimi was actually right-handed, he just chose to play left handed. I think Mark Knopfler is similar in that he is actually left handed but plays right-handed. I'm not sure where the idea comes from that one should use their "good" hand to strum/pick and the other hand to fret/chord. I suspect it comes from the spanish playing style where fingerstyle picking was much more important than with most rock/blues players. If I could re-learn my guitar playing I would consider playing lefty (I'm right handed).
You need the fine motor skills on the picking hand. Even if you use a pick. We're talking millimeters of fast, fine accuracy. Use your dominant hand there.
He was God. Everyone agreed. Clapton, Beck, Allman, Townshend, everyone said it. Incendiary, meteoric, cosmic musical apparition that graced our world for a mere 27 years, then was gone. We will wait another century for one like him.