200-gram gatefold LP pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog masters
Reissued with original album art and track order
Rainbow Bridge was compiled and mixed by Eddie Kramer and
Mitch Mitchell in 1971, 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 rambling,
unfocused 1971 film which was directed by Chuck Wein. The flim was not a
Hendrix project in any way 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 serve as a soundtrack for the "Rainbow Bridge" film.
Mitchell, Kramer and Jansen drew upon Hendrix's rich troe 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 on the album 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 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."