The Cry of Love
|The Cry of Love|
|Studio album by Jimi Hendrix|
|Recorded||March 1968 to August 1970|
|Studio||Electric Lady Studios in New York|
|Producer||Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, Mitch Mitchell|
|Jimi Hendrix American chronology|
|Jimi Hendrix English chronology|
|Singles from The Cry of Love|
The Cry of Love is a studio album by American rock musician Jimi Hendrix. It was released posthumously in 1971 by Track Records and featured songs he had been working on for an album before his death. All of the songs were written by Hendrix and include some of his last studio work. Its tracks were mixed and selected for the album by recording engineer Eddie Kramer and drummer Mitch Mitchell, who performed in Hendrix's band with bassist Billy Cox and percussionist Juma Sultan, among others.
The Cry of Love was a chart success in both the United Kingdom and the United States. It sold one million copies in the US and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1998. Critics responded favorably to the album, viewing it as a 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. 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 the most realized effort to complete his last studio album.
Release and reception
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The Cry of Love was released by Track Records in March 1971. It charted at number two in the United Kingdom and number three in the United States, where it had sold 500,000 copies by April. In 1998, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum, which indicated sales of one million copies in the US.
In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Lenny Kaye said The Cry of Love is the authentic posthumous Hendrix album, his "final effort, 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 contended in a review for The Village Voice at the time that it is an "excellent testament" and may be Hendrix's best album behind Electric Ladyland (1968): "As usual, the individual compositions are nothing special, but the tone of the whole is superb."
In his Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Colin Larkin later called The Cry of Love a "fitting tribute" to Hendrix, while Nathan Brackett 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." In 2014, it was deemed by VH1 to be "the greatest posthumous classic rock record of all time". That same year, The Cry of Love was reissued in both CD and LP formats by Experience Hendrix.
All songs written and composed by Jimi Hendrix.
|4.||"Night Bird Flying"||3:50|
|9.||"In From the Storm"||3:42|
|10.||"Belly Button Window"||3:34|
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|US Billboard 200||3|
|US Top R&B Albums||6|
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