Hendrix, Jimi - First Rays Of The New Rising Sun

Year of Release: 1997
Label: MCA Records
Catalog Number: 11599
Format: CD
Total Time: 66:05:00

The remaining Electric Ladyland studio tracks that Jimi Hendrix recorded before his death in 1970 came out in different and unsatisfactory forms on Cry Of Love, War Heroes, Rainbow Bridge, and Voodoo Soup. First Rays Of The New Rising Sun was released in 1997 by the Hendrix family, and they addressed all of those inadequacies. Finally the tracks got the proper remastering that Hendrix's music deserved. Eddie Kramer was working with Hendrix and his band (s) for months in the studio to develop this music (Members of both the Experience and Band of Gypsys would contribute to the sessions).

It's immediately evident that Hendrix was headed in a new direction with his music, although we will never know definitively what he had in mind. The one thing that is obvious is that Hendrix was leaning more towards building a funk and rhythm and blues foundation for each song. In contrast, songs like "Angel" revealed a softer side of Jimi, which had a dreamy lushness to it that was not evident in any of his previous work. On the other hand, he still was cranking out his trademark psychedelic funk filled rockers like "Room Full Of Mirrors," "In From The Storm," and the instrumental "Beginnings."

Hendrix had a vision that wasn't fully realized, yet it's apparent that his family has completed the circle the best they could and put some closure on Jimi's career. His artistry and recorded works are only part of putting together his fascinating life; this is one more piece of the puzzle that allows all of us that continue to enjoy his music to appreciate what he left us behind. I can't think of anyone that is making music like this today, if there was they would be world renowned superstars without equal. Some of the good things that have come of his music are that many great artists have emulated him. Lenny Kravitz, Prince, and Scott Finch, to name a few, have all been inspired and influenced by his music. All of them continue to etch in time their own mark upon our musical history with Jimi's stamp.

This material was originally intended to be a two album set, and that is what you get, 17 tracks of top quality Hendrix music, with more sonics and oomph than it ever had before. It's more than likely that it would have sounded even better if it had been completed from start to finish with Jimi's direction, nevertheless we will continue to take it all in with open arms and ears.

Aug 2009: MCA is now part of Universal Music Group

Freedom (3:26) / Izabella (2:50) / Night Bird Flying (3:50) / Angel (4:21) / Room Full Of Mirrors (3:21) / Dolly Dagger (4:44) / Ezy Ryder (4:07) / Drifting (3:48) / Beginnings (4:12) / Stepping Stone (4:12) / My Friend (4:36) / Straight Ahead (4:42) / Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) (6:04) / Earth Blues (4:21) / Astro Man (3:34) / In From The Storm (3:41) / Belly Button Window (3:36)

Jimi Hendrix - bass, guitar, piano, vocals, background vocals
Buddy Miles - drums, background vocals
Mitch Mitchell - drums
Stephen Stills - piano
Steve Winwood - background vocals
Buzzy Linhart - vibraphone
The Ronettes - background vocals
Billy Armstrong - percussion
Paul Caruso - harmonica
Billy Cox - bass, background vocals
Emmeretta Marks - background vocals
Juma Sultan - percussion
Chris Wood - background vocals
Albert "Ghetto Fingers" Allen - background vocals

(Partial, at best)
Are You Experienced? (1967)
Axis: Bold As Love (1967)
Electric Ladyland (1968)
Smash Hits (1969/2002)
Band Of Gypsys (1970)
Jimi Hendrix Rock N Roll (1990)
Blues (1994)
Crosstown Conversation (1997)
First Rays Of The New Rising Sun (1997)
South Saturn Delta (1997)
BBC Sessions (1998)
Experience Hendrix - Best of Jimi Hendrix (1998)
Jimi Hendrix Story (1998)
NYC '68 (1998)
Woke Up This Morning/Found Myself (1998)
Live At The Oakland Coliseum (1998)
His Greatest Hits 2 (1999)
Live At Woodstock (1999)
Live At Fillmore East (1999)
Live At Clark University (1999)
Vol. 1 - His Greatest Hits (1999)
Drivin South (2000)
Early Years (2000)
Experience Hendrix (2000)
Jimi Hendrix: Audio Biography (2000)
Best Of (2001)
Summer Of Love (2001)
Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix Collection (2001)
Live In Ottawa (2001)
Fire (2002)
Jimi Henndrix As It Happened (2002)
Morning Symphony Ideas (2002)

The Dick Cavett Show (DVD) (2002)
Jimi Hendrix - The Last 24 Hours (DVD) (2004)
Live At Woodstock (DVD) (2005)

Genre: Rock

Origin US

Added: June 2nd 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website: www.jimihendrix.com
Hits: 544
Language: english


[ Back to Reviews Index | Post Comment ]