Guns N’ Roses Vs. Jimi Hendrix – Clash of the Titans
November usually finds many of us more likely to use our lighters for starting fires instead of waving them during power ballads, but the 11th month of the year can still rock on occasion, and we're pitting two 'November' songs against each other in this edition of Clash of the Titans.
The most well-known rock song with 'November' in the title might be Guns N' Roses' 'November Rain,' the nine-minute epic that broke a running-time record for Billboard hits when it peaked at No. 3 on the chart after being released as a single during the summer of 1992. Accompanied by an equally ambitious video, the song signaled a major shift for the group, indulging in quite a bit more production (and musical melodrama) than they'd used on their hit 'Appetite for Destruction' or 'G N' R Lies' releases -- but judging from the amount of airplay it enjoyed during its time on the radio and MTV, quite a few fans were more than happy to let the band branch out.
At the other end of the rock spectrum lies 'Suddenly November Morning,' a stripped-down acoustic cut from the Jimi Hendrix vaults. Part of the 1970 sessions for the legendary guitarist's unreleased 'Black Gold' project, 'November' -- like the rest of the solo performances Hendrix recorded at the time -- was long believed to be lost, only to turn up years later in drummer Mitch Mitchell's possession. While the bulk of the 'Black Gold' songs remain unreleased, 'Suddenly November Morning' surfaced in 2010, as part of the 'West Coast Seattle Boy' Hendrix compilation. Current plans reportedly call for an official release for the project at some point, but in the meantime, this track offers a tantalizing hint of what stands to be revealed on the rest of the tapes.
So which song gets your vote? Check them both out below, and remember: You can cast a ballot once an hour between now and when voting ends on Nov. 9 at 11:59PM ET.
Listen to Guns N' Roses, 'November Rain'
Listen to Jimi Hendrix, 'Suddenly November Morning'