The Rainbow Bridge Album is obviously not ‘new’ per se. The original vinyl version (“Jimi Hendrix Rainbow Bridge Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”) came out in 1971 and featured some of my personal all-time favorite Jimi tunes, including ‘Dolly Dagger’, ‘Hear My Train A-Comin’’, ‘Hey Baby’ and the instrumental ‘Pali Gap’.
I remember when they issued the Rainbow Bridge movie on VHS. I must have watched that tape a thousand times. Not necessarily because of the surrounding story – well, you probably know what I’m talking about: Pat Hartley’s quest for who knows what but ultimately arriving at the Rainbow Bridge Occult Meditation Center on Maui, meeting up with Jimi. Well, I guess it was some sort of entertaining at times, but I was obviously much more interested in the actual concert that was fortunately recorded and made into another testament of the trio’s greatness. The trio, of course, is Jimi Hendrix, drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox.
The Rainbow Bridge Vinyl featured studio recordings of some of the tracks that were performed that breezy day in front of a live audience. So, if you, like me, acknowledge that the previous Rainbow Bridge releases were actually of fairly decent quality (given the aforementioned circumstances), you’ll get your mind blown when you get to listen for the first time to the 2014 CD elease of this masterpiece. The quality of production and sound is just ridiculous. I have no idea how they do that, but ultimately, I don’t care. I’m just very happy because it allows for much more phonetic clarity around musical nuances, which is in my opinion very important when listening to Jimi Hendrix records. Possibly more important compared to other acts which have a lesser degree of sophistication from a production perspective.
Here is the full 2014 Jimi Hendrix Rainbow Bridge CD tracklist:
1. Dolly Dagger
2. Earth Blues
3. Pali Gap
4. Room Full Of Mirrors
5. Star Sprangled Banner
6. Look Over Yonder
7. Hear My Train A Comin’
8. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
Yes, as a long-time fan I am admittedly biased. But I assure you that your money is well spent on this new 2014 remastered version of Jimi’s Rainbow Bridge album. Definitely something you should get your hands on. Two thumbs up from me.