Well, what can I say about Jimi Hendrix that hasn't been said before? I mean really? What can I say? When we think of the great blues and rock players he is always at the top of the list. Even the other guys atop those lists say he was top of the list.
My personal Hendrix epiphany came in high school in the form of a cassette tape of Band of Gypsys with a "The Nice Price" sticker on it. If you young'uns don't know what that is, Google it. My "experience" with Jimi prior to that moment was from the radio with tunes like "Purple Haze," "Fire," and "Wind Cries Mary." I thought it was cool but honestly, for some reason, it never caught my ear. Basically I was an idiot. Anyway, I pick the cassette up at the checkout counter in the supermarket knowing absolutely nothing about Band of Gypsys and put it in my car stereo and without exaggeration my musical life was changed forever. I vividly remember "Machine Gun" literally giving me goose bumps. It still does to this day.