18 Songs, 1 Hour 25 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

uncle_remus ,

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.

donald yo ,

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

Jimbobsq ,


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.

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