|Studio album by Jimi Hendrix|
|Released||April 11, 1995|
|Genre||Rock, acid rock, hard rock, blues rock, funk rock|
|Jimi Hendrix chronology|
Voodoo Soup is the posthumous eleventh studio album by Jimi Hendrix. It was released on April 11, 1995 by MCA Records and was compiled by Alan Douglas, who was also responsible for the posthumous Hendrix releases Midnight Lightning and Crash Landing in the 1970s.
Voodoo Soup was intended as a reconstruction of Hendrix's planned album First Rays of the New Rising Sun. After the Hendrix family gained control of his recordings, the album went out of print. An authorized reconstruction of First Rays of the New Rising Sun was released in 1997.
Douglas is a controversial figure amongst Hendrix fans, as on his previous releases he had heavily edited and re-mixed most tracks, wiped the original backing tracks and brought in musicians who had never worked with Hendrix to overdub new backing vocals (where none existed previously), drum, bass, rhythm guitar and even some lead guitar parts. He then claimed co-composer rights for several of these tracks. For the production of this album, two tracks' drum parts were overdubbed by Bruce Gary of The Knack, "Room Full of Mirrors" and "Stepping Stone". Most of the tracks on this album were released - in one form or another - on the Jeffery, Kramer and Mitchell produced LP's: The Cry of Love, Rainbow Bridge and War Heroes, (these tracks were later released on First Rays of the New Rising Sun) or on South Saturn Delta, with the exception of the instrumentals "The New Rising Sun" and "Peace in Mississippi". A portion of the instrumental released on this album as "The New Rising Sun" can be heard in the song "Captain Coconut" on the Crash Landing album, originally released in 1975. The version of "Peace In Mississippi" included on Voodoo Soup is the original version of the song (although in edited form), as recorded by Hendrix, drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding in 1968, and different from the version of "Peace In Mississippi" included on Crash Landing, in which Mitchell and Redding's contributions were supplanted by overdubbed drum and bass parts performed by other musicians in 1975; the version on Crash Landing also included overdubbed guitar and percussion parts performed in 1975. In addition, the version on Voodoo Soup is about a minute longer than the one on Crash Landing. The version of "Peace In Mississippi" included on the "Valleys of Neptune" CD single that was sold exclusively at Walmart has the unedited version of the song.
The album was praised by Charles Shaar Murray, the author of the acclaimed book Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-War Pop, who claimed that it "more than earns its place in the pantheon of great Hendrix albums" and said that it "brought the Hendrix studio quartet -finally!- to a satisfactory conclusion."
The album cover artist is Moebius.
All songs written by Jimi Hendrix.
- "The New Rising Sun" – 3:21
- "Belly Button Window" – 3:34
- "Stepping Stone" – 4:07
- "Freedom" – 3:25
- "Angel" – 4:18
- "Room Full of Mirrors" – 3:09
- "Midnight" – 6:01
- "Night Bird Flying" – 3:46
- "Drifting" – 3:53
- "Ezy Ryder" – 4:08
- "Pali Gap" – 4:42
- "Message to Love" – 3:33
- "Peace in Mississippi" – 5:22
- "In From the Storm" – 3:39
- Jimi Hendrix – vocals, guitar, piano
- Billy Cox - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Mitch Mitchell - drums (his drums were replaced on "Stepping Stone")
- Juma Sultan - percussion
- Buddy Miles - drums on "Ezy Ryder" (his drums were replaced on "Room Full of Mirrors")
- Noel Redding - bass on "Peace in Mississippi"
- Bruce Gary - re-recorded drum track on "Room Full of Mirrors" and "Stepping Stone"
- All of the songs Douglas chose for this release have a different mix, some use different takes, or are more (or less) complete than the ones found on their original releases. Most of the songs also have a delayed echo effect making them unique to the ones previously released.
- Track 1 re-released on West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology in full length (with a different mix)
- Track 13 was re-released in its unedited form (7:02) (with a different mix) as a non-album bonus track on the "Valleys Of Neptune" numbered limited edition CD single sold exclusively at Walmart in North America