One of Jimi’s best, including what must be the most painfully beautiful guitar playing ever on Pali Gap … play that and all other guitarists sink into oblivion (with no disrespect to all those other great guitarists whose work I still buy in bucket-loads) … nobody else could play that track with the delicacy, heart-break, and soul that Jimi brings to it. The other standout tracks on this sublime album are “Here my train a Comin”, a wonderful live version of this song, and Hey Baby, which is almost, but not quite, as good as Pali Gap … and none of the other tracks are anything less than brilliant. Originally released in 1971, Rainbow Bridge premiered signature classics such as “Dolly Dagger” and further outlined the exciting new creative direction in which Hendrix had steered his music. 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 film was not a Hendrix project in any way but instead an independent vision of his manager Michael Jeffery.
Until Rainbow Bridge has never before seen an official CD release. This release has been remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue masters, and uses the original album artwork.
Tracks: Dolly Dagger / Earth Blues / Pali Gap / Room Full of Mirrors / Star Spangled Banner (Record Plant, New York, NY, March 18, 1969) / Look Over Yonder / Hear My Train a Comin’ (Live at Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA) / Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)