Jimi Hendrix – Shine On Earth
Jimi Hendrix – Shine On Earth (Yet Another Way To Experience Jimi)
Upon releasing “People, Hell & Angels”, the estate announced that it would be the last Jimi Hendrix studio album. But with Hendrix, it seems there is always more (so far, still true). There are numerous master quality studio recordings not found on any of the Jimi Hendrix album releases. These tracks are found on singles, EPs, compilations and session out-take CDs that were immediately out-of-print due to litigation from Experience Hendrix.
There can certainly still be a high quality new “last studio album”. A viable title is still available as well, derived from Jimi’s comments in June 1969 (to Toronto’s Globe and Mail), “my next album, in late summer, will be called ‘Shine On Earth’.” He went on to say, “the Christmas album will be called ‘First Rays of The New Rising Sun’. We have about 40 songs in the works, half of them complete.” This illustrates the fact that the “First Rays…” title was not definitive and not necessarily Jimi’s name for the entire body of work. “People, Hell & Angels” was another of his proposed album titles at the time, as was “Cry of Love”.
Experience Hendrix needs to let go of their adamant stance that “First Rays” is the correct version, and return to the truth of the original posthumous albums. Finding the best unreleased tracks by Hendrix at each given point in time was always the main objective. That’s all they did in recent years making “Valleys of Neptune” and “People, Hell & Angels”. So they are hypocrites if they deride “Cry of Love”, “Rainbow Bridge” and “War Heroes”. Those are the records that really happened in the first three years following Jimi’s death. Those are beloved albums, remembered by many. EH should stop trying to rewrite history. In doing so they remove those main three brilliant works from receiving well-deserved recognition as three of the best Rock albums of all time. Each of these three 1970-72 LPs are better paced, a better listen than the hodge-podgy “First Rays” CD released in 2000.
There are four groups of 4 albums that represent Jimi Hendrix’s canon of original material:
four studio LPs issued during Jimi’s lifetime. “Are You Experienced”, “Axis: Bold As Love”, “Electric Ladyland” and “Band of Gypsys”.
The four posthumous albums 1971-73. “Cry of Love”, “Rainbow Bridge”, “War Heroes” and “Loose Ends”. “Hendrix in the West” should be considered (with “Loose Ends” it would represent at least one album of material).
The four Jazz albums. “Nine To The Universe”, “Morning Symphony Ideas”, “Hear My Music” and “Burning Desire”. These later releases of instrumental studio work are splendid and shine further light upon Jimi’s brilliance.
The four recent posthumous albums. Many years after Jimi’s death it was evident that there was still a wealth of master quality studio work unreleased. “Blues”, “Valleys of Neptune”, “West Coast Seattle Boy” and “People, Hell & Angels”.
This list doesn’t include “Voodoo Soup” or “South Saturn Delta” because each of those albums were mostly comprised of tracks found in the above listing. There was also the Jimi Hendrix Experience box set (2000) which contains well over an album’s worth of never before released material.
“Shine On Earth” can easily be compiled from sources that don’t duplicate any of the above mentioned releases. And still, it would be studio master quality. Perhaps the Hendrix estate will get around to releasing an album quite similar to this one day. By including Doriella Du Fontaine as it’s most publicity garnering centerpiece, this album would be the only one to feature Hendrix doing proto-rap. There are those who claim this track is the first rap track. If something like this album doesn’t get released, let’s hope the handlers at The Jimi Hendrix Estate at least give us some more of those great instrumental albums. There’s still plenty of that in the vaults.
Chris P. James
Jimi Hendrix – Shine On Earth
(Proposed Track Listing)
1 Doriella Du Fontaine
2 Cat Talking To Me
3 Noel’s Tune
4 Blue Window
5 Touch You
6 Rainy Day Shuffle
7 The Things That I Used To Do
8 Midnight Lightning
9 World Traveler
10 Aint Nothing Wrong
11 No Name Jam
12 Little Drummer Boy
Record Plant November 1969. Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Jalal Nuriddin. 2 Olympic June 5, 1967.
2 Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell.
3 Olympic February 1969. Hendrix, Redding, Mitchell.
4 Mercury Studios March 1969. Hendrix, Miles, Duane Hitchings, Billy Rich, horns.
5 Olympic December 20, 1967. Hendrix, Redding, Mitchell.
6 Record Plant June 10, 1968 Hendrix, Miles, Mike Finnigan, Larry Faucette, Freddie Smith.
7 Record Plant May 1969. Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Steve Stills, Dallas Taylor.
8 Record Plant March 24, 1970. Hendrix, Billy Cox, Mitchell.
9 Record Plant April 14, 1969. Hendrix, Young, Miles, Rich.
10 Olympic December 28, 1967. Hendrix, Redding, Mitchell, Dave Mason.
11 Island Studios March 15, 1970. Hendrix, Stills, Miles, Hitchings.
12 Baggy’s Studio December 19, 1969. Hendrix, Cox, Miles.
Editor’s Note: Coming soon, in the next few weeks, Shake! Magazine will reintroduce the celebrated three-part piece from our original issues; Jimi Hendrix: The Nashville Years. Stay tuned.