Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Jimi Hendrix SongsYour picks include "Red House," "Castles Made of Sand" and "Hey Joe"
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9. 'Red House'
This traditional blues number is one of the first songs that Hendrix recorded with the Experience. It first appeared on their debut LP Are You Experienced, but Jimi had been fiddling with it for about two years by that point. Drawing inspiration from Albert King, Jimmy Reed and Curtis Knight, the song is the most straight-ahead blues song in the Hendrix catalog and was a staple of his setlist until the very end. The song grew and grew as the years went by and became a fan favorite, even though the label originally kept it off the American release of Are You Experienced because it was deemed too bluesy for U.S. rock fans.