August 1st, 2011
Label: Experience Hendrix/ Legacy Recordings
Catalog No.: 88687-87508-2
Formats: CD, LP, MP3
Release date: April 12, 2011
Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, originally released in 2004, was recently reissued by Experience Hendrix/ Legacy Recordings as part of their Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project. The album features original tributes by Prince, Bootsy Collins, Lenny Kravitz, Chaka Khan, Musiq Soulchild, and more. Anticipating the reissue of the full project, a special Record Store Day CD single was also released and included three tracks from the album featuring Cee-Lo Green, Carlos Santana, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band.
Cee-Lo Green infuses “Foxey Lady” with his own unique brand of soul. “Spanish Castle Magic” is excellently reinterpreted by an all-star lineup headlined by Carlos Santana, but also featuring Living Colour’s Corey Glover on vocals, the legendary Stanley Clarke on bass, and Tony Williams on drums. Also on the single is a previously unreleased and incredibly funky live version of “Purple Haze” by Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers. If the other album cuts match the quality of those on this single, Power and Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix is a must have for anyone, Hendrix fan or not.
If you still need another reason to purchase the album, royalties will be donated to the Jimi Hendrix Scholarship Fund that was established through the United Negro College Fund in 1993. The Jimi Hendrix Scholarship Fund continues to provide college tuition funds to aspiring students at HBCU’s across America.
Reviewed by Langston Collin Wilkins