Album: Live At Woodstock
Complex says: It was Jimi’s take on the national anthem that made Ornette Coleman realize Hendrix was up to something musically profound. Hey, even harmolodic jazz geniuses might need a late pass sometimes.
The Woodstock version is the one you're most likely to hear during any documentary about the ’60s even more than “Machine Gun”—if only because it speaks more directly to the war abroad and on the homefront. Only Marvin Gaye ever managed to make Francis Scott Key’s ditty such an apt vehicle for left-wing subversion, and Marvin did it at a basketball game wearing cyberpunk mirror shades.