Jimi Hendrix Cover ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ By Cream
UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 30: ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL Photo of Jimi HENDRIX, performing live onstage (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
From this day forward, alongside Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” is one of the most identifiable riffs in rock history. Time flushed out the song’s relevance, and people may even funnily look at you if you’d try to strum the chords of this gem. Yet, when the single was unveiled for the world to hear back in 1967, it was a surreal experience that many may find extremely interesting.
But what’s even greater than Cream’s live performances of the song was a sinfully underrated version from the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix’s version was done just a year after the band’s original release, in 1968. Such splendid manipulation of its riffs and rhythm makes Eric Clapton’s version look like an average one.
It’s not a wonder that Jimi was an admirer of the first documented supergroup. When he first landed on the streets of England, the first thing he ever did was to watch and observe the band’s style. Provigil “I sat in with Cream. I like the way Eric Clapton plays…. And Ginger Baker, he’s like an octopus, man. He’s a real natural drummer.” Just moments later, he’d mastered the keys to the song and recreated it as if he’s the real original maker.
Inside the video presented below, there’s a wonderful air of excitement that surrounded Hendrix as he blasted on some serious rhythm exploration. You can watch and see it for yourself.