August 3rd, 2003

Conan the King (Conan the Barbarian)

Musical Genius

My friend Ryan played a CD he had of rare Soundgarden tracks last night. Among these were a bunch of interesting covers (sadly, "Big Bottom," which I still have not heard, was not among them). There was a really cool version of "Come Together," but the true revelation of how much talent was in that band was their cover of "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)."

This is one of the best of Hendrix's songs, and the adaptation of it was absolutely stunning. Cornell managed to sing in Hendrix's range without sacrificing his personal sound. The performance was blisteringly cool.

It was something else.
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