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Customer Reviews

Henrdix Finding His Next Voice

This was originally CRY OF LOVE and RAINBOW BRIDGE (with a few extra tracks thrown in). Post Band of Gypsies - Buddy Miles mostly gone, with Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell locking down the rhythm.

Sure, these were issued after his death - but, i wouldn't consider COL & RB posthumous releases like the swarm of "lost jam session" effluvia that were soon to follow.

He was actively working on these albums.

I love The Experience, but, this is what really defined my Jimi-listening at the time.

Playful as ever! Gorgeous and sometimes beautifully greasy stuff.

Plus, he finally got a real bassist! Check out Cox's right-hand fingering mastery on Ezy Ryder.

Sad he never got to play with Miles.

Highly Underrated....But Awesome

I know that a lot of people do not consider this an offical Jimi record becuase he wasn't alive when it was released. But it must be good for the Hendrix family to reissue the album which by the way has plenty of great songs on it like "Angel" and "Freedom". Don't fall for one of those fake hendirx albums on itunes and get this or the other three albums


Good review up top. I would add that a compilation released in the late 80s/early 90s (before the Hendrix family recovered the rights to the masters) called "Kiss the Sky" contained raw (unembellished) tracks of Stepping Stone and Room Full of Mirrors that are really worth seeking out. Additionally there is a short EP-length collection of tracks allegedly recorded in Hendrix's London flat in 1968 that contains an acoustic track of Angel, with some different lyrics, together with some jams that would evolve into 1983 among others, again all worth finding. I recommend those tracks in addition to First Rays of the New Rising Sun, not in lieu of them.


Born: November 27, 1942 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality feedback and roaring distortion. His frequent hurricane blasts of noise and dazzling showmanship -- he could and would play behind his back and with his teeth and set his guitar on fire -- has sometimes...
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