[k] It has also been included on numerous Hendrix compilation albums, including The Essential Jimi Hendrix, Stone Free, The Ultimate Experience, Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix, and Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection. "[34] In a later 1969 interview, Hendrix described his relationships while he was on tour: "So like 'Little Wing' is like one of these beautiful girls that come around sometimes ... She was a very sweet girl that came around that gave me her whole life and more if I wanted it. As with most Hendrix songs, his guitar is tuned down one-half step, resulting in a lower pitch. [55] The group performed the song during their tour and a recording from the Fillmore East in New York City on October 23, 1970, was released on the Live at the Fillmore album in 1994. He probably influenced me more than anyone I'd ever played with up to that time, that sweet sound of his, you know". Hendrix's use of guitar chords for the song involves unconventional finger positions and approach to the fretboard. [It was] much more structured than some of his other things, and more melodic, too. The origins of "Little Wing" have been traced back to the 1966 recording of "(My Girl) She's a Fox", an R&B song which features Hendrix playing Curtis Mayfield-influenced guitar accompaniment. On October 25, after recording the strongly R&B-oriented "Wait Until Tomorrow", the Experience recorded an instrumental version of "Little Wing". [16] By rotating the sound, Leslie speakers produce vibrato- and tremolo-like effects, i.e., a pulsing or quivering addition to the sound (Hendrix later popularized the use of the Univibe phase shifter effects pedal, which can be set to get a roughly similar effect). [57] Because some of the masters had been lost, stereo remixes were prepared on November 1 (it is not clear if "Little Wing" was among those remixed). [22] The song has been notated in 4/4 time with one bar in 2/4 at a slow rock (70–72 beats per minute) tempo and is built on a chord progression without a bridge section:[23][g], After an instrumental introduction, there are two verses, followed by a guitar solo, which has been described as "richly melodic" by biographer Keith Shadwick. [46] These recordings have been reissued on Live in Paris & Ottawa 1968, Winterland, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set. So I figured that I take everything I see around and put it maybe in the form of a girl maybe, somethin' like that, you know, and call it 'Little Wing', and then it will just fly away. [36] When recording engineer Kramer was preparing the album for a new mono reissue, he commented on the differences: "Perhaps the most unique track was 'Little Wing'. and Hendrix in the West (Royal Albert Hall[l] London, February 24, 1969). Little Wing was first recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience on their 1967 album Axis: Bold as Love. An AllMusic album review noted "[t]he best and most spirited Celtic cut is 'Little Wing,' deliciously resting on the contributions of the dropping-by Chieftains. Sometimes you see things in different ways than other people see it. [25] Guitarist Frank Marino explained: He had the tendency to play with his fingers very flat [on the guitar's fretboard], and he had a very long thumb, so he could come over the top of the neck to play bass notes. [13] Since the Axis recording ends on a fade, Hendrix needed to devise a different live ending. Recording engineer Eddie Kramer explained, "Chas knew right away what was needed. [51] With Duane Allman on second guitar, the group recorded "Little Wing" at Criteria Studios in Miami, during the sessions for Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs shortly before Hendrix's death on September 18, 1970. As one of Jimi Hendrix's most popular songs, "Little Wing" has been interpreted by many musicians. [29] The figure first appears as "Waterfall" in "May This Be Love", where she offers solace and hope, and as "a soulful, loving sprite" in "Little Wing". "[37], The album was issued by Track Records in the UK on December 1, 1967,[38] and Reprise Records on January 15, 1968, in the US. In one interview, he saw it as self-explanatory: "That's exactly what it's about, like 'She's walking through the clouds'",[27], With a circus mind that's running wild [d] Hendrix biographer Harry Shapiro has described it as "paced and phrased in the style of Curtis Mayfield, [that] is virtually a blueprint for 'Little Wing'". It is ranked number 366 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". "Little Wing" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. I learned a lot in that short time. [60] Irish pop rock band the Corrs recorded the song for their 1997 album Talk on Corners. Other R&B guitar influences include in-demand session guitarist, "(My Girl) She's a Fox" was written by brothers Richard and Robert Poindexter, who later wrote ", On October 14 or 15, 1967, Hendrix and drummer. At about two and a half minutes in length, it is one of his most concise and melodically-focused pieces. It is a slower tempo, rhythm and blues-inspired ballad featuring Hendrix's vocal and guitar with recording studio effects accompanied by bass, drums, and glockenspiel.Lyrically, it is one of several of his songs that reference an idealized feminine or guardian angel-like figure. Chloe's cover of Hendrix's Little Wing. [16] For his recordings, Hendrix expended considerable effort to achieve the optimal tone for his guitar tracks. [25], A reference work by Hal Leonard compares it to a pianist's approach, with Hendrix's "thumb fret[ting] the bass notes, functioning in almost the same manner as a keyboardist's left hand, and the fingers of his fretting hand can be likened to a pianist's right hand". [36] On November 2, 1967, a monaural mix was prepared, making Axis the last Hendrix album specifically mixed in mono (subsequent mono albums were electronically "folded" from the stereo mixes). [11] He later explained that he was further inspired during the Experience's performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival:[e], I got the idea like, when we were in Monterey and I was just looking at everything around. It is the copyrighted property of its respective owner(s). [17] For his rhythm guitar, he had set his pickup selector to a nonstandard position between the neck and middle settings to achieve a "hollow" tone, sometimes mistakenly referred to as "out-of-phase". That's all she ever thinks about, riding with the wind[28], Music journalist Charles Shaar Murray likens the figure to a feminine ideal: "Sometimes she is a spirit, sometimes a fantasy, sometimes a woman as solidly, palpably physical as he is". Even live, 'Little Wing' was hardly any longer – he said what he wanted to say and stopped".[13].