""The Cry Of Love" was the first of the posthumous releases in the Jimi Hendrix catalog and probably the best as it collected most of the studio tracks that were either completed or very near completion before Hendrix died. Some of these tunes, like "Angel" and "Ezy Rider," have become well-known pieces in the Hendrix canon, but they sit alongside lesser-known gems like "Night Bird Flying" and the Dylanesque "My Friend." As we all know by now, Jimi Hendrix left behind more unreleased material than just about any other rock artist. Some tracks have rated as all-time classics ("Angel," "Drifting," etc.), while other highlights that appear on "The Cry Of Love" CD include "Beginning" (which contains a riff almost identical to the Stones' "Bitch"), "Highway Chile," and "Izabella," a track premiered on a Dick Cavett TV show a year before Jimi's untimely death. If you're a newcomer to Hendrix, don't start here, but if you're a serious Jimi fan searching for some interesting obscurities, "The Cry Of Love" CD is definitely worth the price if you can find it. Jimi Hendrix was unable to read or write music, so he recorded extensively in the studio-this explains why there are so many different versions of his songs that have been released at one time or another-and many of these different versions are so strikingly different that they are practically unrecognizable aside from sharing the same title. And though the Hendrix family has released "First Rays Of The New Rising Sun" & "South Saturn Delta", albums meant to be the definitive last word, they don't adequately replace the "Cry Of Love", "War Heroes", "Midnight Lightning" or "Crash Landing" CDs. As a matter of fact, many songs included on these out of print discs are otherwise unavailable on CD and that's a shame. So, again, I recommend grabbing this disc as well as the others I've mentioned here if you are lucky enough to find them available as they have been permanently deleted. Good luck!! (Excerpts coutesy of AMG)
I can't believe this CD is out of print !!!
C. A. Collins | North Royalton, Ohio United States | 08/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an endeavor where Jimi used the electronics of his Electric Ladyland studio to his best advantage. It is his rock work with some humour and upbeat offerings. Instead of being his normal otherworldly self, cuts like "My Friend" and "Belly Button Window" show Hendrix as he really was. A class A musician (perhaps the best rock guitar player of all time) and a person who could see both the seriousness of the failings of our time and the humour in that seriousness. "In From The Storm" has to be listened to several times to hear the elegance of the studio effect. Plus Emaretta Marks (of the original Hair musical cast) adds soaring vocals. I recommend it to any TRUE Hendrix fan."
Another outstanding album
Michael Wheeler | Las Vegas, Nevada United States | 12/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Cry of Love was released after Jimi's death. It shows a new direction for him. A direction I wish he could have persued further. Some of my absolute favorite Hendrix songs appear on this CD Among the songs are. Freedom which opens the album in style. Drifting is a personal favorite of mine. Drifting is slowed down and in the the vain of Little Wing. Easy Rider picks up the tempo. Angel which is a ballad appears next and to me is one of his very finest moments on record. I would buy the entire CD just for Angel In From the Storm is another great rocker and shows Jimi in top form. The Cry of Love was his last but not necesarily his least. One of the top albums of Jimi's career and a must for any Hendrix fan."
Becker | LA, CA | 06/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though all of these songs appear (remastered at that) on First Rays of the New Rising Sun, I prefer this album and wish it was still in print. Rays (like the older out of print Voodoo Soup) is filled with great songs, but the sound is all over the place with different line-ups and studio work.
This album was almost completely made of up songs perfored by the Hendrix-Mitchell-Cox trio (with guest Steve Winwood on I believe, Ezy Rider) and as such this feels like a complete album. It sounds like the songs were meant to be a single album. Those compilations feel like compilations.
Though I've rarely heard any of these songs on the radio, nearly every one of them is great. In From the Storm, Freedom and Ezy Rider are three of his strongest most straight forward rockers. His best collection of straight ahead rocks songs since Experienced. Plus the great ballad Drifting and the amazing Angel. (Fiona Apple closed her shows in 97 with a gorgeous version of Angel. Very awesome)
You might not be familiar with the songs when you buy this, but you will wonder why you weren't more familiar with this. Though I'm sure this was compiled from various studio sessions, the end result sounds more like a signle tight band than even Band of Gypsys did.
A final note, I'm basing this review off of my old Reprise label CD of this album which has the song listing above and not the song listing mentioned by Kurt Leith in his review (Beginning, Izabella and Highway Chile are not on this). Also, other than the front and rear cover, I've never seen the artwork shown above. Did MCA rerelease this before Experience Hendrix deleted the title? Or is that the Track gatefold import?"
Kurt Leith | 05/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album compiled tracks very close to completion after Hendrix's death. This is definitely worth checking out. I'm a bit surprised that this is out of print, as I feel that this is a better album than most of the later collections of unreleased Jimi. Came out here to find a cd version to purchase, but it looks like I will have to transfer my Lp to cd-r myself.Puzzling why this album was allowed to go out of print, but again so is the predatory nature of lawsuit-crazed, corporate record companies."