Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of Love

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Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of Love
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Compilation album by Jimi Hendrix
Released March 5, 1971
Recorded March 1968 – August 1970
Studio Electric Lady, Record Plant & Sound Center, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 39:48
Label Reprise
Producer Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, Mitch Mitchell
Jimi Hendrix US chronology
Historic Performances
The Cry of Love
Rainbow Bridge
Jimi Hendrix UK chronology
Band of Gypsies
The Cry of Love
Singles from The Cry of Love
  1. "Freedom" / "Angel"
    Released: March 8, 1971


  "The Cry of Love" is a posthumous compilation album by Jimi Hendrix. It includes new material that he was working on for his planned fourth studio album. The songs were selected by recording engineer Eddie Kramer and drummer Mitch Mitchell, who are also credited with producing the album.

Released on March 5, 1971, by Reprise Records in the United States and Track Records in the United Kingdom, the album was successful on the record charts in both countries and was eventually certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1998. Critics responded favorably to the album, viewing it as an impressive tribute to Hendrix. Several of the songs on "The Cry of Love" were later featured on other efforts to recreate the album Hendrix had been working on, including "Voodoo Soup" in 1995 and "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" in 1997.



Recording and production

"The Cry of Love" featured songs Hendrix had been working on at the time of his death and was the first attempt at presenting his planned first studio recording since the breakup of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. "The Cry of Love" is composed mostly of songs which Hendrix recorded in 1970 at his new Electric lady Studios in New York City with drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox.

About half of the album's ten songs were nearly completed with mixes prepared by Hendrix. The balance were in varying stages of development and were mixed (and some overdubbed with new parts) after his death. Two songs originally planned for The Cry of Love, "Dolly Dagger" and "Room Full of Mirrors", were instead held for the next planned Hendrix release, "Rainbow Bridge"; they were replaced by "Straight Ahead" and "My Friend".

The album credits Hendrix as a producer, as well as long-time recording engineer Eddie Kramer and Mitchell, who prepared the final mixes and track selection, with input from manager Michael Jeffery.

Seven of the songs on "The Cry of Love" were later included on "Voodoo Soup", the 1995 attempt by producer Alan Douglas to present Hendrix's planned album. In 1997, all were included on "First Rays of the New Rising Sun", along with seven other songs, in Kramer's most realized effort to complete Hendrix's last studio album.


Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars
Christgau's Record Guide A
Down Beat 4.5/5 stars
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars
Music Story 4/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars
The Sydney Morning Herald 4.5/5 stars
The Village Voice A–

"The Cry of Love" was released on March 5, 1971. The album entered Billboard's Top LPs chart in the US at number 17 on March 6 and eventually reached number three. By April, it sold 500,000 copies and in 1998, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum, which indicated sales of one million copies. In the UK, it entered the UK Albums Chart on April 3, where it peaked at number two.

In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone hailed "The Cry of Love" as the authentic posthumous Hendrix album, his last work, and "a beautiful, poignant testimonial, a fitting coda to the career of a man who was clearly the finest electric guitarist to be produced by the Sixties, bar none". Robert Christgau originally wrote in The Village Voice that the album is an "excellent testament" and may be Hendrix's best record behind "Electric Ladyland" (1968) because of its quality as a whole rather than its individual songs, finding it free-flowing, devoid of affectations, and "warmer than the three Experience LPs". He was more enthusiastic about the songs in retrospect, writing in Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981):

It isn't just the flow—these tracks work as individual compositions, from offhand rhapsodies like "Angel" and "Night Bird Flying" through primal riffsongs like "Ezy Ryder" and "Astro Man" to inspired goofs like "My Friend" and "Belly Button Window." What a testament.

In the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Colin Larkin later called "The Cry of Love" a "fitting tribute" to Hendrix, while Paul Evans wrote in The Rolling Stone Album Guide that it "showed the master, playing with Cox and Mitchell, at his most confident: 'Ezy Rider' and 'Angel' are the tough and tender faces of the genius at his most appealing." Dan Bigna from The Sydney Morning Herald believed although all of its songs were compiled on the more comprehensive "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" (1997), "there is something satisfying about having this first posthumous Hendrix release as a distinct object that illuminates the brush strokes of a genius". In 2014, VH1 deemed The Cry of Love "the greatest posthumous classic rock record of all time". That same year, it was reissued in both CD and LP formats by Experience Hendrix.


Track listing

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix.

No. Title Length
1. "Freedom" 3:24
2. "Drifting" 3:46
3. "Ezy Ryder" 4:09
4. "Night Bird Flying" 3:50
5. "My Friend" 4:40
6. "Straight Ahead" 4:42
7. "Astro Man" 3:37
8. "Angel" 4:25
9. "In from the Storm" 3:42
10. "Belly Button Window" 3:34





Chart (1971) Peak
UK Albums Chart 2
US Billboard 200 3
US Top R&B Albums 6





Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of Love

UK Track 2408 101 stereo (1971).

Album produced by Jimi Hendrix , Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell.

Matrix (machine stamped)    2408101 A//1        2408101 B//1

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album's hinged cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong undamaged hinge and spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

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