First Rays Of The New Rising Sun Review

artist: jimi hendrix date: 05/08/2008 category: compact discs
jimi hendrix: First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
Release Date: Apr 22, 1997
Label: MCA
Genres: Album Rock, Rock & Roll, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic, Boogie Rock
Number Of Tracks: 17
This record 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.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
 Overall rating:
 9.5 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.7 
 Users rating:
 9.2 
 Votes:
 31 
review (1) 15 comments vote for this album:
overall: 9.7
First Rays Of The New Rising Sun Reviewed by: EC_AL_JH_GH, on may 08, 2008
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Sound: Released in 1997, this album is a collection of seventeen Hendrix songs that were originally recorded for his proposed double album sequel to Electric Ladyland. However it was during the recording of the songs that he suffered his untimely death. The album itself shows what direction his music was heading, a fusion of Rock, Blues and R&B. It is also around this time his sound changed dramatically, caused from his use of a Gibson Flying V, and his Custom three pickup SG. He was joined by Band of Gypsy's bass player Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell from the JHE. The album still holds up well, considering that the tunes were not "technically" finished. It even contains a ballad to his mother, titled Angel. Many of the songs were showing his continuing maturity and writing techniques. // 10

Lyrics: Many of the songs lyrics were beginning to show Hendrix's maturity, with the political overtones of Freedom, to the love for his mother on Angel, to the anti-violence lyrics of Izabella. Other songs you may have to dig into a bit to figure out what they mean. // 9

Overall Impression: Comparing it to Hendrix's earlier albums you can see what a difference in sound he was achieving. Possibly the strongest songs on the album are Freedom, Dolly Dagger, Angel, and Ezy Ryder, but that's just my personal opinion. I would suggest this to a serious Hendrix fan but maybe not to beginning listeners. If it were stolen or lost, I would be incredibly annoyed as it is a great album, so I would probably go buy it again (that is, if I could find it. It is really difficult to find). // 10

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