...................Love you guys, but many of you of seem VERY certain that Mitchell is nailing the perfect drum part in this tune. But ask yourselves: if that drum performance is the perfect thing for that song, then what prompted the OP ask the question and create the post in the first place?
Hendrix once said that he liked the dynamic Mitchell/The Experience gave the their music, yes at times it’s all over the place and things are overplayed but that’s what made it work also and made it exciting. That freedom is what the band was about.
Which is probably why the core rhythm setup of ‘Band of Gypsys’ was very dissimilar when Hendrix briefly tried something new.
Miles gets overlooked a lot in my opinion. I understand Mitchell is a revolutionary drummer, but I'd argue Miles was equally or maybe even more influential than Mitchell. I mean, you do hear a lot of drummers play more in the style of Miles than Mitchell since then
A lot of people will disagree with me, but I'd challenge you with this. Miles had a lot more experience playing with groups like Buddy Guy, Electric Flag etc. And Miles was handpicked by jimi himself, while I think The Experience was set up for him
Both the Gypys and the Experience were completely different bands. And I love Mitch Mitchell. But I think Buddy Miles was extremely underrated, and if you think Mitchell overplayed, or you're more of a blues/soul fan, Buddy Miles is the man
Your point is well taken, but don't forget Jimi quickly released Buddy Miles and returned to Mitch in later 1970. Reason was not Miles's drumming, but that he was a leach, using Jimi's money and entourage (at least in the book I read)
Interesting, I heard a story where Miles was released by Jimi's manager after a bad gig the manager sabatoged because he didn't like Miles? But I don't think anyone knows for sure, a lot of Jimi's family hated his manager and it's hard to get the truth from behind closed doors
At the end of the day, Mitchell and Miles both accomplished two different and great sounds for one of the best guitarist in history. I just hate how Miles always seems forgotten
I think Mitch played it like no other would have. Buddy Miles and Billy Cox were solid players but a let down for me, just not having that spark of Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.
Hey Joe by Hendrix came on the radio the other day and it was the first time I'd heard it in a good while. I remember marveling at it as a kid, impressed with all those fills, but now as I'm approaching 40, maybe my tastes have changed. As I listened the other day, I couldn't help feeling that a lot of those fills were unnecessary and the drummer should have stuck with "playing the song" as a lot of people talk about on this forum.
So what is it folks? A master class in in triplet and 32nd note fills or a load of unnecessary embellishments? How do you see it?
Somewhere in between, and more of a reflection of the musical times and approach by musicians who were coming from Jazz and Blues backgrounds in to the rock scene of the day.
Mitch did have a tendency to overplay a bit, but Jimi loved him so no harm, no foul in my book.