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First Rays Of The New Rising

4.6 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 12 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002P5R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
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1. Freedom
2. Izabella
3. Night Bird Flying
4. Angel
5. Room Full Of Mirrors
6. Dolly Dagger
7. Ezy Ryder
8. Drifting
9. Beginnings
10. Stepping Stone
11. My Friend
12. Straight Ahead
13. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
14. Earth Blues
15. Astro Man
16. In From The Storm
17. Belly Button Window

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The posthumously-compiled album featuring his work from March 1968 to August 1970, much of which previously appeared on the Cry of Love album.

The guy was damn ingenious with a guitar, but not half as industrious as the folks who've packaged and repackaged his posthumous material. First Rays of the New Rising Sun, however, is an attractive assortment of "spiritual, very earthy" late recordings that surfaced in the '70s via The Cry of Love, Crash Landing, Rainbow Bridge, and War Heroes. Hendrix appeared to be in transition between flamboyant showman and serious musician personas at the time (meaning his work, had he lived, might have been twice as meritorious and half as fun), and that makes many of these tracks all the more interesting. --Steven Stolder

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Format: Audio CD
The 5 stars I've given to this disc must be understood in context. These are not the same kind of 5 stars I gave to Are You Experienced. Then again, Jimi was alive and involved in the mixing and production of AYE and he wasn't for First Rays. As a long time Hendrix devotee, I knew he'd considered naming his next LP with this disc's title. I knew all about what was going on in his life at the time he died and how he wanted his music to evolve. The reason this disc warrants 5 stars is because the people involved in bringing this project to completion did the best they could to make Jimi's vision a reality. This is love, pure and simple.
A stripped-down, analytical view of this disc, song by song may not arrive at the conclusion above. Clearly, the studio work was not finished on many of these songs. The story of the making of these songs is a tragic tale. Jimi's last album of original studio recordings had been released in 1968 on Electric Ladyland. Since that LP, a compilation entitled Smash Hits had been released, as had Band of Gypsys, a live recording of new tunes as part of a legal settlement with one of Jimi's former business partners. Band of Gypsys, although excellent music in my opinion, was not what the majority of the record-buying public wanted to hear from Jimi. They wanted Purple Haze II, or something similarly familiar and comfortably psychedelically rocking. But Jimi had been around that block too many times and was in need of change. First Rays was to be the answer as he saw it.
Now, don't get me wrong here - I love this music. But not all of it was finished to Jimi's normal standard. He certainly planned to get it done and was considering a change of management and producers as solutions to get past the barriers he saw in his way.
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First Rays Of The New Rising Sun was an uncomplete album intended to be a double lp. Many of the songs on the album were scattered over the years on different albums from Rainbow Bridge, War Hero's, and The Cry Of Love. This album really proves how far a genius like Jimi Hendrix could go with his music. In the process of the album their were many different technique's involved. Jimi Hendrix was at the peek of his career he was also very drained out from his 1970 American tour. Jimi Hendrix played over dozens of area's and festivals from Atlantic Pop, to The Isle Of Wight. On the side he was working on the album First Rays Of The New Rising Sun.
Unfortunately Jimi Hendrix died in the process of the album. Some 20+ years latter Al Hendrix ( Jimi's father ) bought the rights back to his music and named his company Experience Hendrix. That same company would release First Rays Of The New Rising Sun in full format with engineer Eddie Kramer. This album remains one of my very favorite albums as others just cant compare to the genius Jimi Hendrix really was. Highly Recomened!
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First let me say that this is definitely Jimi Hendrix's lost and unfinished masterpiece. Prior to his untimely death, he had been recording tracks for this album, that's the purpose of this compilation, to fulfill Jimi's visions for this masterpiece.
This magnificent starts out with "Freedom" a hooky guitar riff and fun chorus will make you come back for more listens. 10/10
Then is "Izabella" fun song for it's playful and catchy lyrics. Fun guitasr riff too. 10/10
Next is "Night Bird Flying" this song is so great and quite different from other songs, cool riffs, and one of my favorites from this album. 10/10
Next "Angel" is a matured ballad for Jimi, great melody and emotional. 10/10
"Room Full of Mirrors" is next, it's a great mix of blues, funk, and rock. Great Song, but it's succeeded by the next 2 tracks 9.5/10
"Dolly Dagger" is next an addictive guitar riff and fun lyrics never lets this song get old. 10/10
Next is "Ezy Ryder" a cool groove, fun lyrics, and an infectious guitar riff make this song my favorite on the album. And the chorus of lead guitars is nothing less than brilliant. 10/10
"Drifting" is the next song, and it doesn't have many lyrics but the ending instrumental part is very enjoyable. 9.5/10
Then is the song "Beginnings" aka "Jam Back At The House" is an excellent instrumental, one of my favorites, and the riffs are excellent as well, accompanied by a steady drumbeat. 10/10
"My Friend" is next, it's a mellow and enjoyable song with lyrics I can't get enough of. 10/10
Next is "Stepping Stone" there are some great solos played by Jimi on this track and pretty upbeat tempo as well. Great song to listen to.
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To have such a collection from Jimi after 30 + years is a real treat. It's such a tease to hear this music and think of what more there might have been. Jimi and bandmates Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell delve deeply into a funk-rock sound, leaving behind the psychedelia that was a mainstay of Jimi's first three studio albums. The mood of the music is upbeat, and the lyrics are consistently interesting, and generously laced with Hendrix humor. The arrangements are densely packed, yet lively and loose - a credit to Hendrix's own production. Standout tracks are "Freedom", "Dolly Dagger", "Ezy Rider", "Drifting" and "My Friend", and each of these belongs in the pantheon of great Hendrix performances. And for anyone who wonders what Jimi's state of mind was in the period immediately preceding his death, I get the sense from this album that he was a happy man, feeling at the top of his game and looking intensely into the future.
Drawbacks? Well, yes, although with Hendrix's untimely death during the creation of this album, we have to assume that some of the songs here wouldn't have made his final cut, and other unrecorded gems we will never hear would have made it in. But with that said, there is limited songwriting range here. You will not find anything here like the experimental jazz of "Rainy Day, Dream Away", the manically inspired blues of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", the gorgeous melody, poetry and sensitivity of "The Wind Cries Mary" or the visionary musical journey of "1983". These were all songs that revealed Jimi as the unpredictable and flamboyantly creative genius he was. "First Rays" includes no such revelations, is more formulaic, and even includes a few tracks that you really don't need to hear more than once. But a great album? Absolutely! And essential to your Hendrix collection.
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