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Jimi Hendrix - First Rays of the Rising Sun

Jimi Hendrix - First Rays of the Rising Sun

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Jimi Hendrix - First Rays of the Rising Sun

Label: Rhino - 19658831571 - 0196588315718
Format: 2LP, Album, Black
Country: UK
Released: 10th May 2024
Genre: Rock
Style: Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock

After years of legal wrangling, First Rays of the New Rising Sun was the initial album released under the direct supervision of the Hendrix family. These remastered classics, previously found on the posthumous albums The Cry of Love, War Heroes and Rainbow Bridge, were originally slated to be part of a double-album sequel to Electric Ladyland, a concept that died with Hendrix in 1970. the compilation of these songs allows us to see the many sides of this innovative artist.

Alongside runaway flights of fancy (Stepping Stone) and overcharged rock / funk explosions (Room Full of Mirrors) are beautiful ballads (Angel) and rollicking numbers that point to a Bob Dylan influence (My Friend). Famous friends dot the sonic landscape (Steve Winwood and Chris Wood on Ezy Rider and the Ronettes on Earth Blues), but Hendrix remains the centre of a musical universe whose light was snuffed out far too soon.

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