Rainbow Bridge (album)

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Rainbow Bridge
Studio album by Jimi Hendrix
ReleasedOctober 1971
Recorded1968–1970 at TTG Studios, Record Plant Studios and Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York and Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California
GenrePsychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock, funk rock, acid rock
Length42:22
LabelReprise
ProducerJimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Eddie Kramer, John Jansen
Jimi Hendrix chronology
The Cry of Love
(1971)
Rainbow Bridge
(1971)
War Heroes
(1972)
 
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Rainbow Bridge
Studio album by Jimi Hendrix
ReleasedOctober 1971
Recorded1968–1970 at TTG Studios, Record Plant Studios and Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York and Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California
GenrePsychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock, funk rock, acid rock
Length42:22
LabelReprise
ProducerJimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Eddie Kramer, John Jansen
Jimi Hendrix chronology
The Cry of Love
(1971)
Rainbow Bridge
(1971)
War Heroes
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Robert ChristgauA−[1]

Rainbow Bridge is a posthumous fifth studio album by American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, released in October and November 1971 in the United States and the United Kingdom respectively. It was the second Hendrix studio album released after his death and was engineered, mixed and compiled by Eddie Kramer, John Jansen and Mitch Mitchell.

Contents

Overview

The pairing of Rainbow Bridge with The Cry of Love comprises the bulk of the most realised tracks that Hendrix was intending to release on his next (double) LP, First Rays of the New Rising Sun. All songs on the album were written by Hendrix, except the cover of "The Star-Spangled Banner", and recorded throughout 1969 and 1970, with the exception of "Look Over Yonder", which was recorded in 1968. "Hear My Train A Comin'" was recorded live at the Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970 (1st show). The album was the second to be produced by Kramer and Mitchell, with the help of Jansen, and was again fairly well received, reaching #15 and #16 in the U.S. and the UK respectively. "Dolly Dagger" b/w "Star Spangled Banner" was released as a single in the U.S., but only reached #74. Four songs from Rainbow Bridge are featured on the 1997 compilation First Rays of the New Rising Sun. Two songs are featured on another 1997 compilation South Saturn Delta. The (studio) version of "The Star Spangled Banner" can be found in the 2000 box set The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Box set) Simeon from the Silver Apples has claimed that it features him playing six bass oscillators, although there is no audible evidence of this and he is not credited or mentioned by anyone else. Though misconstrued to be a live album of the famed concert uptop the Haleakala Crater (but actually nowhere near the crater, it was held in pasture not far from Seabury Hall, just outside Makawao); it actually feature most of the songs on the original soundtrack of the film Rainbow Bridge that are played as background to various scenes. The one song on the album that doesn't feature in the film is the Berkeley performance of "Hear My Train A Comin'". On the actual film soundtrack this is the live version from the Maui concerts, which is not played as background music, but is only heard as part of the concert sequence. Four songs by Jimi Hendrix that feature on the film soundtrack are missing from the album, Hendrix' unique arrangement of Elmore James' "Bleeding Heart" - it was released on the next LP War Heroes, a 1968 instrumental "New Rising Sun", released on West Coast Seattle Boy, "Bolero", also on West Coast Seattle Boy and the still officially unreleased "Ezy Rider" (played as background to a surfing clip) which is from the Maui concerts. For details of recordings of the live Maui concerts, see Rainbow Bridge Concert.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted. 

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Dolly Dagger"  4:45
2."Earth Blues"  4:20
3."Pali Gap"  5:05
4."Room Full of Mirrors"  3:17
5."Star Spangled Banner" (John Stafford Smith, arr. Hendrix) (Studio Version)4:07
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Look Over Yonder"  3:28
2."Hear My Train A Comin'" (Live)11:15
3."Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)"  6:05

Non album tracks that appear in the film

These original 1971 Reprise album mixes found on later releases

Rainbow Bridge, as an album, was never released on compact disc. However, all of the original Reprise mix masters from the original Rainbow Bridge album have been issued on subsequent compilations.

"Dolly Dagger" is on First Rays of the New Rising Sun (1997).
"Earth Blues" is on First Rays of the New Rising Sun.
"Pali Gap" is on South Saturn Delta (1997).
"Room Full Of Mirrors" is on First Rays of the New Rising Sun.
"Star Spangled Banner" [Studio Version] is on The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Box set) (2000).
"Look Over Yonder" is on South Saturn Delta.
"Hear My Train A Comin'" [Live], with a slightly truncated end applause fade, is on Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection (2001).
"Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" is on First Rays of the New Rising Sun.

Personnel

Recording details

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