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A disgrace to call this a deluxe edition-Total Revamp Needed
on 30 September 2013
First Rays of the New Rising Sun was first released over a decade ago, and was even then, seemingly an ad hoc collection of late Hendrix tracks from the first 3 LPs released after his death, namely;Cry Of Love ( 1971), Rainbow Bridge (1971) & War Heroes (1972)
Even the much maligned Voodoo Soup attempted a running order and consistent remix for its version of Hendrix's final album. This re-issue of Cry of Love adds a short film documentary. It does absolutely nothing to address the issue of what Hendrix intended for his follow up to Electric Ladyland
This album needs a total revamp by the Hendrix Estate, who far too quickly have lapsed into a lets milk Jimi for all his worth set of relatives, with attached internal in fighting. Hendrix's final studio album should be a 2 Cd set:-
1. CD 1 should be the 3 LP sides of songs Jimi wrote down & listed for the First Rays set, along with his proposed single Dolly Dagger/Night Bird Flying.Unfortunately he never wrote down the tracklisting for side 4 of his double LP vision, therefore
2. Disc 2 should be the finished 1970 songs from Cry of Love, Rainbow Bridge, War Heroes, South Saturn Delta, Valleys of Neptune & both of the family 4 Cd box sets.
At least that would give us what we know of Jimi's vision, and the final songs that may have completed the album. As it is this release is very unsatisfactory, and to re-issue it at full price is a disgrace!