3 Great Versions Of Hendrix’s Red House

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So it all started with Gary Moore. Well, so much started with Gary Moore – but what I mean is this little journey I went down today started with me itching to hear a little more of Gary’s playing after pondering his untimely death yesterday.

I was wandering around YouTube just listening and watching this amazing man at work – breathing new life into a tune by Hendrix – no doubt one of Gary’s own heros.

Well you know how YouTube does ya – next thing you know you’re somewhere miles away from where you started.

So let’s start with the man we are all thinking about lately – Gary Moore.

This footage is from the Fender 50th anniversary Stratocaster concert, in 2004.

Here is Gary Moore’s masterful interpretation of Red House:
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So after watching Gary pour himself into this song – YouTube wanted me to watch Yngwie Malmsteen attempt the same thing.

Really? Yngwie? Ok. Didn’t know he could do that – but then I don’t really follow ol’ Yngwie that closely, and I was surprised that is wasn’t really that bad. The reason I thought this version was “great” as the title of this article indicates is because it shows some of the universality of the blues – it just takes passion to pull it off.
Yngwie’s Red House:

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After that YouTube Surprised me a bit less, with Paul Gilbert. This makes more sense, I know Paul has a love for bluesy stuff like this – it was pretty clear in alot of the Mr. Big stuff – plus I personally think Paul can do anything.

Paul’s Red House:

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All three of these guitar players put something personal into this song – you could tell it was them playing in each case, lending something unique to this song we all know so well, but the difference between their individual flair and the song we recognize is the love of two things – the blues and the guitar.

And one great thing about the blues is that it’s open to – and in fact is built on personal interpretation.

Something I am pretty sure Gary would have embraced.

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Guitar Jar
11 years ago

Nice collection of Red House vids. Great song – I love Hendrix’s live versions, and I’m often a little sceptical when others “cover” it, but at the end of the day, it’s the blues… which is kinda what playing the guitar is all about and often reverts to. Good post.

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