Manic Depression (song)

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"Manic Depression"
Song by Jimi Hendrix Experience
from the album Are You Experienced
  • May 12, 1967 (1967-05-12) (UK)
  • August 23, 1967 (US)
RecordedMarch 29, 1967
StudioDe Lane Lea, London
Songwriter(s)Jimi Hendrix
Producer(s)Chas Chandler

"Manic Depression" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. Music critic William Ruhlmann describes the lyrics as "more an expression of romantic frustration than the clinical definition of manic depression."[2]

The song is performed in an uptempo triple metre.[3] It also features Mitch Mitchell's jazz-influenced drumming.[2][4] and a parallel guitar and bass line.[3]

"Manic Depression" is included on the Experience's debut album, Are You Experienced (1967). Recordings of live performances have been released on BBC Sessions (1998) and Winterland (2011).[2] Ruhlmann notes renditions by Seal with Jeff Beck on Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (1993) and King's X on Dogman (1994).[2]


  1. ^ From Are You Experienced liner notes (original international Polydor edition)
  2. ^ a b c d Ruhlmann, William. "Jimi Hendrix/ The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Manic Depression – Song Review". AllMusic. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix Transcribed Scorres. Hal Leonard. 1998. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-7935-9144-2.
  4. ^ Mitchell based the drum part on Ronnie Stephenson's drumming on John Dankworth's "African Waltz". Doerschuk, Andy. "Mitch Mitchell: The Hendrix Years". Drum!. Archived from the original on May 23, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.