First Rays of the New Rising Sun [CD/DVD]

First Rays of the New Rising Sun [CD/DVD]

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by Jimi Hendrix
     
 

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Because Hendrix's death in September 1970 occurred before his work on these tunes was completed, the questions still abound as to what Hendrix's ultimate vision for this double album would have been. Minus the worthless -- though well-intentioned -- overdubs and remix manipulation that occurred when this material was issued piecemeal over the years on

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Because Hendrix's death in September 1970 occurred before his work on these tunes was completed, the questions still abound as to what Hendrix's ultimate vision for this double album would have been. Minus the worthless -- though well-intentioned -- overdubs and remix manipulation that occurred when this material was issued piecemeal over the years on The Cry of Love, War Heroes, Rainbow Bridge, and the disappointing Voodoo Soup, this collection finally gets listeners back to the master tapes residing in the Electric Ladyland vaults, and as close to what Hendrix had in mind as possible (as subject to change as these versions obviously were), and also places the tunes in their original context as an album. Because this collection utilizes mixes that Hendrix and engineer Eddie Kramer were working on at the time, the tracks perhaps lack the sonic wallop of the first three Experience albums, but have much more to offer than the stripped-away and re-dubbed versions that have been on the market. If one views First Rays of the New Rising Sun as an almost-completed work in progress, then it becomes obvious that Hendrix was heading in a new direction and sound, one rife with funk and rhythm & blues as a bedrock foundation. The psychedelic workouts got more jam-like and experimental, and the ballads got prettier and even more dreamlike in their background soundscapes. What he would have eventually come up with and release as his next musical statement is anyone's guess, but this gets you as close to that answer -- and that vision -- as you're ever likely to get. The 2010 Legacy edition adds a short documentary DVD featuring interviews with Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox, as well as Eddie Kramer in the studio with the multi-track masters. Kramer takes us though the evolution of the tune "Angel" by playing parts of the original Olympic demo and a solo home demo before getting to the issued take. We also get to hear an instrumental demo for "Freedom," but the best part is when he breaks down a bunch of the guitar parts from "Night Bird Flying." There is also some great live footage of Jimi performing "Dolly Dagger" and "In from the Storm." ~ Cub Koda & Sean Westergaard

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2010
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886976215828
catalogNumber:
762158
Rank:
3166

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimi Hendrix   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Buddy Miles   Drums,Background Vocals
Steve Stills   Piano
Steve Winwood   Background Vocals
Buzzy Linhart   Vibes
Ronettes   Background Vocals
Billy Armstrong   Percussion
Paul Caruso   Harmonica
Billy Cox   Bass,Background Vocals
Emmeretta Marks   Background Vocals
Mitch Mitchell   Drums
Juma Sultan   Percussion
Arthur Allen   Background Vocals
Ken Pine   12-string Guitar
Chris Wood   Background Vocals
Albert Allen   Background Vocals
Jimmy Mayes   Drums

Technical Credits

Jack Adams   Engineer
Tony Bongiovi   Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer,Producer
Bob Hughes   Engineer,overdub engineer
John Jansen   Producer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer,overdub engineer,Drum Recordings
Mitch Mitchell   Producer
Bob Cotto   Engineer
Daniel Tehaney   Inside Photo
Walter Iooss   Back Cover Photo
Barrie Wentzell   Cover Photo
John McDermott   Liner Notes,Essay
Alan Herr   Inside Photo

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First Rays of the New Rising Sun 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"First Rays of the New Rising Sun" is a must have for Hendrix fans, for many reasons. Its a great CD first of all, also in my opinion it shows a different facet of Hendrix music that is great and must be heard.
Chappa_Larcha More than 1 year ago
Man! It's too bad Hendrix never had the chance to complete this! Even though its unfinished you can still hear the brilliance of Jimi's songwriting! Just listen to the amazing ballads "Angel" and "Drifting"! They sound so contemporary! Also there's the epic "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)", some psychedelic rock "Room Full Of Mirrors", intense hard rock "Ezy Ryder"/"In From The Storm", and his newer funk rock direction is showcased in "Dolly Dagger", "Freedom", and "Straight Ahead".
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Many of these songs were quickly released in other albums after Jimi's death but this CD makes the best attempt at creating the album that might have been. It is a great album and certainly a huge improvement on previous posthumous releases.