‘Crosstown Traffic’ is one of Hendrix’s finest ever cuts, and fully deserves a place on any iPod playlist that has been compiled for the road. Hendrix and the Experience’s kaleidoscopic wall of sound, highly innovative production techniques and virtuoso guitar riffs are all present on this short and sweet gem. But his often-overlooked lyrical genius also shines here, with Hendrix cannily combining the frustration of traffic gridlock with those difficult-woman blues. As perfect as rock music can hope to be.
Available on: Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland (MCA, 1968).