Among the standout tracks are Santana's version of "Spanish Castle Magic," recorded by Hendrix's own engineer Eddie Kramer at Electric Lady Studios, a pile-driving arrangement featuring the rhythm dream team of Stanley Clarke on bass on the late, great Tony Williams on drums. If you've forgotten how good that guy was, just listen to him play here. Prince and ex-Family Stone bassist Larry Graham cleverly repaint a classic Hendrix blues as "Purple House." John McLaughlin's meticulous rhythm playing and ingenious solo on "The Wind Cries Mary" is enough to make you look past Sting's egregious vocal turn, while the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan's legion of fans will enjoy the live medley of "Little Wing" and "3rd Stone from the Sun" dug out of the archives of the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show.
Power of Soul is an anthology of performances that are inspired to a one. Tribute albums are usually uneven and, while I do have my favorites, this collection is exceptional in that even artists that I am normally indifferent to deliver performances worthy of consideration here. A very fitting tribute to an artist whose legacy seems to grow larger every year.