Fire (The Jimi Hendrix Experience song)
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|Single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience|
|from the album Are You Experienced|
|A-side||"Let Me Light Your Fire" (Fire)|
|B-side||"Burning of the Midnight Lamp"|
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, blues rock|
|Label||Track, Polydor (LP & single)|
|The Jimi Hendrix Experience singles chronology|
The 1967 U.S. Reprise stereo remix of "Fire" was subsequently released as a stereo single in 1969, outside the United States and Canada as "Let Me Light Your Fire." The track has been included on a number of greatest hits collections, including Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Experience. 'The Experience' frequently opened live concerts with this song.
Despite its sexual overtones, the song had an innocuous origin, stemming from a cold New Year's Eve in Folkestone, England after a gig. Noel Redding, bass player for The Jimi Hendrix Experience invited Jimi and Cathy as guests at his mother's house. Jimi asked her if he could stand next to her fireplace to warm himself. She agreed, but her Great Dane was in the way, hence the line, "Aw, move over, Rover, and let Jimi take over..." ("Electric Gypsy").
The album version of the song contained a very short and simple solo, but through several live performances, Hendrix expanded it.
- Record Collector (330): p96. 2006.