First Rays of The New Rising Sun - 1997 ( 68-70 )
Though Hendrix probably would have given most of these new recordings a final touch before letting them go for release, they are in no way in unfinished or demo form. On the contrary they sound completely finished and ready for release, and match with the best material on his first three studio albums.
Great drummer Mitch Mitchell and and bass-player Billy Cox are backing Jimi on most tracks, but other people like Buddy Miles, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Stephen Stills, Juma Sultan and The Ghetto Fighter make appearances.
Though Hendrix's music generally was going in a new direction compared to "Electric Ladyland" (slightly more funky/jazzy), there are still many songs that would have fit into the old Experience concept. Among this type of songs "Angel", "My Friend", "Hey Baby" and "Drifting" stand out.
The "new" Hendrix sound is displayed best by strong recordings like "Freedom", "Ezy Rider", "Night Bird Flying" ( A little Steve Miller in that one!) and "Dolly Dagger".
Conclusion: This is a fine final chapter to the recording history of a uniquely talented and influential guitarist. Containing the complete tracks of "The Cry of Love" and some of the best material from "Rainbow Bridge" and "War Heroes", this CD easily compares with
Hendrix' original studio albums.