Prince was one of those mercurial artists who could assimilate himself with any genre or artistic endeavour. If you needed further proof of his majestic skills then his cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Red House’ is all the funky evidence you need.
There have been many tributes to the great man, Jimi Hendrix, but not many of those tributes feature an iconic figure who could possibly match him on the guitar. Here, Prince does some of his best work as he paints Hendrix’s house a unique shade of purple.
The Purple One took on the cover as part of the 2004 tribute album Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix which saw guitar geniuses Eric Clapton, Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan all take on a track.
Prince’s version of ‘Red House’, which first featured on Are You Experienced?, is a deeply funky number. It ranges across Hendrix’s most intricate moments but Prince’s version adds a smoky and slinky sound to this otherwise psyche-rock masterpiece.
Naturally, Prince couldn’t keep the title of the song as is, he had to put his purple spin on it. While the title is one step towards Prince making the track his own, it is in his vocal delivery that he truly elevates the song to a new level.
Prince’s smoother than smooth tone is prevalent across the song as he leaves behind his R&B roots to add a little more rock and roll to his performance. It’s yet another reminder of Prince’s ability to seamlessly move into whatever musical area he pleased.
Hendrix may well have been the King of all guitarists, but The Purple One was the Prince of everything.