Jimi Hendrix Rainbow Bridge on 200g LP
Hendrix's Second Posthumous Release Finally Back In Print With Original Album Art and Track Order: Studio-Based Record Includes Contributions from Buddy Miles, Noel Redding, and the Ronettes
Remastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Bernie Grundman and Pressed at QRP: Rainbow Bridge Has Never Sounded Better
More than four decades after it's original release, Jimi Hendrix's second posthumous album gets the treatment it's long deserved. Remastered from the original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on 200g LP at QRP, Rainbow Bridge sounds better than ever, with the legendary guitarist's futuristic playing and soulful deliveries now possessing unrivaled presence, dynamics, extension, and tonal balance. The record—mistakenly believed by many to be a live record despite featuring only one live cut—also features the original cover artwork and track sequencing, making this pressing absolutely essential and unmistakably definitive.
Rainbow Bridge was compiled and mixed in 1971 by Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell, with the help of Electric Lady Studios engineer John Jansen. Most of the tracks were recorded in 1969 and 1970 during the same sessions that spawned The Cry Of Love. Rainbow Bridge is often misconstrued as being an entirely live album being that the film of the same name features excerpts of a live Jimi Hendrix performance in Maui. However, Hendrix had no role in the creation of the unfocused 1971 film directed by Chuck Wein. The film was not a Hendrix project but instead an independent vision of his manager Michael Jeffery. After Hendrix’s death in September 1970, Jeffery scrapped Hendrix’s original vision of a double studio album titled First Rays Of The New Rising Sun and called for Kramer, Mitchell and Jansen to compile two posthumous albums—including one that would that would serve as a soundtrack for the Rainbow Bridge film.
Mitchell, Kramer, and Jansen drew upon Hendrix’s rich trove of studio recordings that the guitarist had been developing at Electric Lady Studios. Songs such as “Dolly Dagger” and “Room Full Of Mirrors” were bright examples of Hendrix’s new creative direction. Other standouts include a studio rendition of “Star Spangled Banner” as well as the majestic “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun).” The one live track on the album, an extraordinary rendition of Hendrix’s original blues composition “Hear My Train A Comin’,” is taken from a performance at Berkeley Community Theatre in May of 1970, and not in the film at all. Buddy Miles and Noel Redding both appear on one track each, and the Ronettes provide backing vocals on “Earth Blues.”
Beginning in the late 1990s, the tracks on Rainbow Bridge were reassembled into various compilations, including First Rays of the New Rising Sun, South Saturn Delta, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set. Now, fans of all ages will be able to enjoy these songs as they were experienced when they first became available 43 years ago. But that experience is now exponentially improved, thanks to this definitive analog pressing and meticulous restoration.
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Jimi Hendrix Rainbow Bridge Track Listing:
1. Dolly Dagger
2. Earth Blues
3. Pali Gap
4. Room Full of Mirrors
5. Star Spangled Banner (studio version)
1. Look Over Yonder
2. Hear My Train A Comin' (live)
3. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)