June 13, 2010 – 4:07 am

Before the CD, many Hendrix rarities surfaced and sometimes quality surpassed later CD editions.

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First Rays of The Rising Sun [no label, 1CD]

Outtakes 1968-70 plus Drake Hotel Demo, New York City, NY Apr.1968 / Fillmore East, New York City, NY 01.01.70; 2nd Show. Released on bootleg LP, 1987.

“First Rays of The Rising Sun” or “First Rays of The New Rising Sun” was the title of the album that Jimi Hendrix was working on at the time of his death. There have been many bootleg LPs or CDs of that name, and this particular bootleg is a 1987 British vinyl LP from a nameless label, though it was probably pressed in Germany. This album has no relation to the proposed Hendrix LP, though at least it is well-pressed. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is the original undoctored 1968 mix with the original drumming (both officially released mixes have re-recorded drumming). “Peace in Mississippi” is an alternate mix of Alan Douglas’ “Crash Landing” doctored version. - Philip Cohen

Before Hendrix died in 1970, he was in the final stages of preparing what he intended to be a double studio LP, tentatively titled First Rays of the New Rising Sun. Most of the tracks intended for this LP were spread out over three posthumous single LP releases: The Cry of Love (1971), Rainbow Bridge (1971), and War Heroes (1972).
- wikipedia

We never had an opportunity to listen to this rare vinyl bootleg, till we received a copy from Phil Cohen. Early Hendrix vinyl bootlegs are quite precious. Not only are they hard to find but they trump the official Alan Douglas posthumous releases as they were “as nature intended”, undoctored recordings of what Hendrix and the musicians played in the studio. Better still, this one sounds like it was taken from the master tape. The sound quality is very, very good. Clear and in stereo.

One superb gem is the final track here, Peace In Mississippi. This is the original, undoctored version. This was the sound that made thousands of young men and women want to play the electric guitar.

As this is NOT what Hendrix intended for his First Rays album, and no one really knows what he had in mind. This boot should be taken for what it is - a collection of unreleased studio recordings. All of the Alan Douglas posthumous releases that contained material intended for First Rays are out-of-print. Thanks Phil.

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This site listed this bootleg as
First Rays of the Rising Sun ([No label] RSJ 02 / 1987 / 1LP) ftbfs: B092
(Outtakes 1968-70 plus Drake Hotel Demo, New York City, NY apr.1968 / Fillmore East, New York City, NY 01.01.70; 2nd Show)

We cannot identify which track might be from Fillmore East, if any.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Angel (Record Plant 1968) (4.7MB)
Track 02. Cherokee Mist (Record Plant 1969) (9.5MB)
Track 03. Electric Ladyland (improvisation; Record Plant 1969)* (7.4MB)
Track 04. Midnight Lightning (Record Plant 1969)* (5.3MB)
Track 05. Farther On Up The Road (Record Plant 1969, NEVER RELEASED BEFORE) (2.2MB)
Track 06. Instrumental, Improvisation (Record Plant 1969, NEVER RELEASED BEFORE) (3.0MB)
Track 07. Earth Blues (BBC outtake 1968) (5.8MB)
Track 08. Look Over Yonder (TTG Studio 1968) (3.5MB)
Track 09. Instrumental Jam (TTG Studio 1968,  NEVER RELEASED BEFORE) (5.0MB)
Track 10. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (TTG Studio 1968)^ [ends abruptly] (5.3MB)
Track 11. 1983… A Merman I Should Turn To Be (TTG Studio 1968) (6.7MB)
Track 12. Peace In Mississippi (Record Plant 1969)+ (5.8MB)
[TT: 46:18m]

Jimi Hendrix - guitar, vocals
Mitch Mitchel - drums
Noel Redding - bass
Recorded at the TTG Studios 1968

Jimi Hendrix - guitar, vocals
Buddy Miles - drums
Dave Holland - bass*
Billy Cox - bass
Recorded at the Record Plant 1969

^ This has all of the original 1968 instruments and differs from the mixes heard on Crash Landing and The Jimi Hendrix Experience 4CD boxset.

+ This is an alternate mix of the Crash Landing doctored version.

Both the above tracks appeared in different versions on the vinyl release Crash Landing in March 1975. Producer Alan Douglas used studio musicians to rerecord music for this release. To our knowledge, this LP has never been reissued on CD.

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Finally in April 1997, another attempt was made to assemble all the tracks Hendrix recorded for First Rays. It did not follow a tracklist that Hendrix apparently had written out for a double LP. You can buy it here.

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  2. Thank you very much. Sounds like a great addition to my Hendrix collection. I look forward to many close listens.

    By Dennis on Jun 13, 2010

  3. Hendrix fans may want to locate my book, JIMI HENDRIX: EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC for a comprehensive discography of Jimi’s bootlegs and a track by track analysis of the songs.
    Thanks for this download of a very hard to find bootleg.

    By Belmo on Jun 13, 2010

  4. Sorry that my reproduction of the album cover is slightly cropped. I take 12″ x 12″ L.P. covers to an office supply store to copy on a color photocopy machine(since it is too large to scan on my home scanner), but, in one direction, the photocopy machine’s scanning surface is limited to 11.5″, therefore, I must crop the image either at the top or at one of the sides, therefore, the front cover image is slightly cropped at the right side, and the rear cover image is slightly cropped at the bottom.
    Enjoy the music. I’ve also supplied another Hendrix L.P. released by the same label. This L.P. will likely appear here at Big O in the future.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 14, 2010

  5. “Earth Blues” is from Fillmore East. This song was never performed on the BBC.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 14, 2010

  6. And just to let you know, the abrupt ending on “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is an abrupt ending of the performance itself. The brief sound drop-out shortly before the take ends is as it was on the L.P. itself, and was likely caused when a recording engineer pushed the talkback button on the mixing console.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 14, 2010

  7. I`ll vouch for the validity of Belmo`s Jimi book..I have damn near wore my copy out it is invaluable.

    By sluggo on Jun 14, 2010

  8. If Philip is correct about ‘Earth Blues’, it has been officially released in 1999 as Track 7 on Disc 2 of “Band of Gypsys: Live at Fillmore East”. Fans of those shows should seek out the Box of Gypsys set which includes all four New Years Eve shows from 12/31/69-1/1/70. They are essential to any true Hendrix collection. Thanks for the “Peace in Mississippi” posting which should be the official version.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jun 14, 2010

  9. I think this version of Angel is slowed down slightly, Jimis voice and guitar sound too deep. Good though.

    By RussV on Jun 14, 2010

  10. To Russ V,

    Yes, “Angel” is slightly slow, and always was, until a stereo remix was released on “Jimi By Himself:The Home Recordings”. I did the transfer to digital many years ago, on a turntable that didn’t have a pitch control. I could have done a fresh transfer to digital on my present-day turntable(which does have a pitch control), but my older set-up(Dual “Golden One” turntable with Ortofon X3-MC cartridge) had clearer sound & lower rumble versus my present-day set-up(Technics SL1210Mk2 with Audio Technica AT440ml). I decided to put sound quality first, and present the L.P. “As Is”. The reason that I got rid of my Dual turntable, is because, under some temperature & humidity conditions it was quite tempermental. Belt tension was unpredictable, and the Dual sometimes started off 20% slow, then abruptly came up to the correct speed 5 minutes into a record. The Dual had to go, in favor of the rock-solid speed accuracy of the direct-drive Technics.
    But, rest assured, the slightly flat speed on “Angel” is in the vinyl itself.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 14, 2010

  11. Essential stuff for every Hendrix collector.

    By tony lauber on Jun 15, 2010

  12. “Peace in Mississippi” alone justifies this album and Philip’s effort in digitising it. It’s so unlike what I remember of the Alan Douglas version I can’t believe it. A terrific way to blow my mind before bedtime :)

    By James R on Jun 15, 2010

  13. More precious gems of rare Hendrix recordings! Thank you for sharing all this great stuff.

    By giacomo on Jun 20, 2010

  14. Many thanks to you Philip for sharing this rare find! A sublime addition to my Hendrix collection.

    By Paul T on Jun 26, 2010

  15. Thanks BigO and Philip Cohen!!!

    By bill on Jun 27, 2010

  16. I love these vinyl boots. Thanks for the cd transfer and offering it. Can’t wait to listen.

    By Matt on Aug 11, 2010

  17. I have a plain white LP that reads in handwritten sharpie, Hendrix Boot. in the left side top in pen it reads, 1970 EXPERIENCE STUDIO. On the label it reads, DRAGONFLY RECORDS PRESENTS THE SOUND OF THE 60’s 33 1/3 RPM A MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY. On thebottom of the label it reads, NUMBER 5 IN THIS SERIES. In the deadwax of the record, its inscribed, 1850-a and 1850-b on side 2.

    Any info on this rare Jimi Hendrix vinyl?
    Look my name up on fb and message me with a link to your reply in this forum. There is no information on this record, but I saw an auction on a website for a ston3s record with the identical illustration on this records’ side 2.


    By CyclistStu on Jun 15, 2013

  18. better you tell me what songs are on side one and two.
    More often than not the label would read some bullshit recording in order to throw off the feds in case of a bust at the pressing plant.
    There is a dragonfly release called Can You Crawl Out Your Window that I`m aware of;auld lang syne by the band of gypsies and a an interview can`t recall what else is on the side, flip side had a few bbc tracks and tobacco road from the gig with eric burdon and war the evening before jimi`s death.

    By sluggo on Jun 15, 2013

  19. The latest offering from the estate of Jimi Hendrix, ‘Miami Pop Festival,’ is set to come out Nov. 5 on CD and a limited-edition two-LP set. Legacy Recordings have revealed its cover artwork and the track listing (see below).

    The CD features Hendrix’s headlining set at the two-day festival, which took place at the Gulfstream Park racetrack in Hallandale, Fla., on May 18, 1968, and has never been released in any capacity. In addition to the usual Hendrix live staples like ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘Red House,’ the album includes the first recorded stage performances of ‘Hear My Train A Comin” and ‘Tax Free.’ There are also bonus performances of ‘Fire’ and “Foxey Lady’ recorded at his afternoon slot.

    ‘Miami Pop Festival’ is being released to coincide with the documentary ‘Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin,” which will be shown on PBS’ ‘American Masters’ series, also on Nov. 5, and will be available for sale on DVD/Blu-ray that same day. The documentary promises to be — in the words of Hendrix’s half-sister Janie, who runs Experience Hendrix LLC — “an in-depth look at the life and legacy of Jimi with his own words as well as the words and memories of those that knew him well and were close to him.”

    The DVD will contain the entire film and a host of previously unreleased footage not featured on the telecast, including Miami Pop, the 1970 New York Pop Festival and the Love & Peace Festival at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Germany on Sept. 6, 1970, less than two weeks before Hendrix’s death.

    Jim Hendrix ‘Miami Pop Festival’ Track Listing

    1. ‘Introduction’
    2. ‘Hey Joe’
    3. ‘Foxey Lady’
    4. ‘Tax Free’
    5. ‘Fire’
    6. ‘Hear My Train A Comin”
    7. ‘I Don’t Live Today’
    8. ‘Red House’
    9. ‘Purple Haze’

    Bonus Performances From Afternoon Show

    10. ‘Fire’
    11. ‘Foxey Lady’

    By darth on Sep 10, 2013

  20. @CyclistStu: “Good Vibes” was an LP the famous bootlegger Dub released on his TMoQ label (with the ‘original pig’ symbol on cover and labels) as # 71042 in 1972 (on black & colored vinyl). The matrix# for this first release was JH 113 A/B. … About two years later, there was a black vinyl only reissue with ’smoking pig’ symbol & labels and the matrix # was now 1850 A/B. … Ca. another two years later, female bootlegger ‘Vicki Vinyl’ ran a reissue series on her Dragonfly label (on black & colored vinyl), using this later stamper and that is what you have.

    By Josh on Nov 14, 2013


    By Kint on Nov 25, 2013

  22. God,this is some great stuff….thx Big-O !!!

    By Couz on Nov 25, 2013

  23. ANY book by Belmo is a treasure!

    By Ernie Clark on Nov 26, 2013

  24. Peace in Mississippi needs a remix… awesome.

    By george martini on Nov 28, 2013

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