Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Originally Performed ByJimi Hendrix Experience
Original AlbumElectric Ladyland (1968)
Music/LyricsJimi Hendrix
Phish Debut0000-00-00
Current Gap1906
HistorianSille d'Airumel (lemuria)


Phish joined in the encore during a Trey Anastasio show at Burlington's Flynn Theatre on 5/17/99 for a rendition of this fiery Jimi Hendrix tune, with the appropriate lyrics “I didn't mean to take up all your sweet time / I'll give it right back to you one of these days.” Maybe that means Russ and Tony will join Phish on stage someday. Meanwhile, Phish's next slight return to Vermont would come almost five years later, at Higher Ground’s 4/11/04 "Easter Jam."

Check out the version by Stevie Ray Vaughn, who of course released a version (on his 1984 album Couldn't Stand the Weather), and with a voice arguably more authentic to the original than Trey’s. Also, note that this is not the same as “Voodoo Chile” or “Voodoo Chile Blues,” two of several Hendrix variations on this song sometimes commonly titled "Voodoo Child", nor the Rogue Traders' song that formally has that title.

Jimi Hendrix, "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" – 1969

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