Two out-of-print posthumous Jimi Hendrix albums, The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge, will be reissued on September 16 and will be available on CD, vinyl and as digital downloads. Both records have been remastered by Bernie Grundman using the original analog master tapes.
The Cry of Love originally was released in February 1971, and has been unavailable since being reissued on CD back in 1992. The album was compiled and mixed by longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. Jimi recorded most of the tracks between December 1969 and the following summer at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
Hendrix had intended the recordings to be part of a two-disc set he tentatively planned to call First Rays of the New Rising Sun. Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox backed Jimi on the majority of the songs, while Experience bassist Noel Redding appeared on one tune, "My Friend," which was recorded in 1968 before Redding left the group. The Cry of Love also includes guest appearances by Traffic band mates Steve Winwood and Chris Wood, as well as Buzzy Linhart. Among the well-known songs on the record are "Angel," "Freedom" and "Ezy Ryder."
Rainbow Bridge originally hit stores in October 1971 and has never previously been available on CD. The collection also is made up mainly of tracks recorded in 1969 and '70 at the same sessions that yielded songs that are featured on The Cry of Love. Kramer and Mitchell again were in charge of compiling the record, with input from Electric Lady engineer John Jansen. Band of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles and Redding each are featured on one of the album's tracks, while The Ronettes lend backing vocals to a tune called "Earth Blues." Other notable songs on Rainbow Bridge include "Dolly Dagger," "Room Full of Mirrors," a studio version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and a live rendition of "Hear My Train a Comin'," recorded during a May 1970 concert in Berkeley, California.
Since the initial release of The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge, the songs from the albums have appeared on various Hendrix compilations, including First Rays of the New Rising Sun, South Saturn Delta and The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set.
Here are the full track lists of the albums:
The Cry of Love:
"Night Bird Flying"
"In from the Storm"
"Belly Button Window"
"Room Full of Mirrors"
"Star Spangled Banner" (studio version)
"Look over Yonder"
"Hear My Train a Comin'" (live)
"Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)"
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