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First Rays Of The New Rising Sun

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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This album gives you wings and lets you fly to another world. Jimi makes so wonderful sounds with his guitar... you just listen to this with your eyes closed and a smile on your face.
I believe that if he had lived a little longer he would have made his last album exactly like this. The songs come in a perfect order, you just drift from song to another... and every song leaves a mark to you. You can't help laughing at Astro Man, which shows Jimi's sense of humor; tears will run when you listen to Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) and "Ezy Ryder" has a catchy tune you'd like to sing along even if you can't sing well...
But anyways, this is Jimi at his best. The songs are pretty similar to "Pali Gap" (wonder why that's not included) but a step from songs you can hear on Are You Experienced.
I know my review sounds like a silly, sentimental bunch of **** written by a teenage girl but man, just listen to this and it will open your eyes. These songs are not just songs that made it to the hit lists or to the "Greatest Hits" -album (sorry for this little sarcasm)... they are true pearls of music. And beautiful music lives forever. This will live.
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It should not be expected that compilations of unreleased material should live up to an artist's fundamental body of work, but the posthumous Jimi Hendrix collection, First Rays a New Rising Sun, comes pretty close. Most of its material was compiled from work meant for the guitar-slinging hippie hero's forth studio album, which he was in the midst of recording at the time of his unfortunate death in 1970. The LP was meant to be a return to the highway-roaming, rapid-fire rock of his debut, 1967's Are You Experienced. If songs such as the rollicking "Dolly Dagger," the impassioned "Ezy Rider," the Vietnam-inspired "Izabella," the epic title track and the anthems, "Earth Blues" and "Freedom" are any indications, Hendrix had a good chance at topping himself. Of coarse, First Rays does include a few tracks that may have been improved or deleted if Hendrix had completed this work, such as the half-baked "Astro Man" and the ironically meandering "Straight Ahead." But for a collection of unreleased work, First Rays of a New Rising Sun is absolutely as good as they come.
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FIRST RAYS is part of the Hendrix family's recent series of remastered CD reissues of the Master's back catalog...though they're all worth your patronage, this one's a bit special in that it collates all of Jimi's final works, apparently intended for release as a double-album followup to ELECTRIC LADYLAND under this CD's title (debate, of course, rages over this claim). Most of us first heard these tracks scattered among posthumous lp releases THE CRY OF LOVE, WAR HEROES & RAINBOW BRIDGE, but here they all are collected on one CD and sounding bolder and better than ever. Compared to the mighty LADYLAND, these tracks are shorter, punchier, less the jammin' galactic majesty found on, say, 'Still Raining, Still Dreaming'. (Though there's plenty of spaced-out silver surfing here: witness 'Room Full of Mirrors', 'Drifting', 'New Rising Sun', 'Astro Man'...) What strikes me on this set is Hendrix's experimenting with different approaches, and his absolute mastery of craft: his ballads were never more gorgeous, nor had he ever written rockers as fanged as the ones on display here ('Freedom', 'Dolly Dagger', 'Stepping Stone'). You get the feeling that Hendrix was very near a transitional point, about to take his Strat (and us) to strange unexplored terrain - had he lived. The great lost Hendrix album is the one that would have followed FIRST RAYS OF THE NEW RISING SUN - the one that would've rewritten all of the rules all over again, AGAIN. We'll never hear it in this world, but you can find small shards of it all through this CD.
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