king feeb wrote:While it's true that the Band Of Gypsies album is a mess, there seems to be a perception that he was artistically finished. But his final recorded album, First Rays Of A New Rising Sun, shows that he was changing direction to a funkier, harder-edged sound. No sloppy blues jams here, just real strong songs like "Angel", "Isabella", "Freedom", "Ezy Rider", "Room Full Of Mirrors", "Dolly Dagger", and "Earth Blues". Originally, this projected double album was torn apart after Hendix's death, and released posthuminously as Cry Of Love while other cuts appeared on War Heroes and the Rainbow Bridge soundtrack. But now that the double album has been assembled by Eddie Kramer in its intended form, it's one of my favorite Hendrix LPs.
I agree that his final recordings had a strength of vision equal to the Experience. But the First Rays of the New Rising Sun
CD isn't exactly
what Jimi had planned. This is the sequence he'd written down for the first three sides:
Night Bird Flying
Room Full of Mirrors
Belly Button Window
Come Down Hard on Me
I've given some thought to what Side Four might have been, but take your pick from the following (and then some):
Midnight Lightning, Earth Blues, Pali Gap, Hey Baby (New Rising Sun), Lover Man, Bleeding Heart, Bleeding Heart (Blues In C Sharp), Hear My Train a Comin', Look Over Yonder, Izabella, Stepping Stone, In From the Storm, Valleys of Neptune.
: First Rays of the New Rising Sun
: 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)