The Cry of Love

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The Cry of Love [1]
Studio album by Jimi Hendrix
Released February 1971[2]
Recorded 1968 to 1970; at
Electric Lady in Greenwich Village [3]
Genre Psychedelic rock, hard rock, funk rock, blues rock, acid rock
Length 39:48
Label Reprise, Track, Barclay, Polydor
Producer Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, Mitch Mitchell
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Historic Performances
The Cry of Love
Rainbow Bridge
Singles from The Cry of Love
  1. "Angel"
    Released: March 1971
  2. "Freedom"
    Released: April 3, 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [4]
Robert Christgau (A)[5]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[6]
The Village Voice (A-)[7]

The Cry of Love is a posthumous fourth studio album by American rock musician Jimi Hendrix, released in February 1971. It was the first Hendrix album released after his death and was engineered, mixed and compiled by Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell. The album cover illustration was by Nancy Reiner.


The pairing of The Cry of Love with Rainbow Bridge comprises the bulk of the most complete tracks that Jimi Hendrix was intending to release on his next (double) LP, titled either First Rays of the New Rising Sun or Strate Ahead [sic], the title atop the last documented track list found in Hendrix's notes. All songs on the album were written by Hendrix and recorded from late December 1969 through the summer of 1970, except "My Friend". Hendrix's friend Paul Caruso (mistakenly listed as a fictitious 'Gers' on the LP) plays harmonica on "My Friend".[8] [9] Mitchell and Kramer's involvement gave the album credibility, and it was well received by fans and critics alike. It managed to reach #3 in the US and #2 in the UK,[10] and was regarded as the most accurate approximation of Hendrix's final album until First Rays of the New Rising Sun was released in 1997. "Freedom" b/w "Angel" was released as a single in the US, but only reached #59.[11] In the UK, "Angel" b/w "Night Bird Flying" was the single released, though it did not manage to enter the charts. Remastered versions of all of the songs from The Cry of Love are featured on the 1997 compilation First Rays of the New Rising Sun.

The song "My Friend" was recorded during the early stages of the Electric Ladyland sessions in 1968. "Belly Button Window" was Hendrix's last studio recording with vocals, recorded at Electric Lady Studios on August 22, 1970.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed 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



  1. ^ Discogs - Jimi Hendrix - The Cry Of Love images
  2. ^ Pierre-Rene Noth (February 24, 1971). "Melanie and Hendrix, Addition and Finale". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Discogs - The Cry Of Love vinyl LP 1971, Track Record (2408 101) UK
  4. ^ Westergaard, Sean (2011). "The Cry of Love - Jimi Hendrix | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: Album: Jimi Hendrix: The Cry of Love". Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Kaye, Lenny (2011). "Jimi Hendrix: The Cry Of Love : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (1970). "Consumer Guide (16)". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ McDermott, John; Eddie Kramer & Billy Cox (2009) [2009]. "1968". Ultimate Hendrix (1st ed.). Milwaukee: Hal Leonard. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-87930-938-1. 
  9. ^ First Rays Of The New Rising Sun (CD booklet). Jimi Hendrix. Universal City, California: MCA. 1997. p. 16. MCD1159. 
  10. ^ "UK chart history - Jimi Hendrix The Cry of Love". Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  11. ^ Jimi Hendrix Album and Song Chart History, Retrieved August 18, 2011.