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In an eloquent tribute to the enduring power of his art, each newly unearthed master and fresh compilation from the Hendrix archives has been greeted with a spot on the Billboard Top 200. But then James Marshall Hendrix's heady synthesis of traditional blues, folk, rock, funk, jazz and electronic sources was defiantly modern at its inception--the passage of time has served only to validate the guitarist's singular vision.

VOODOO SOUP seeks to make sense of the first posthumous recordings which emanated from the Hendrix vaults in the years following his death in September of 1970. It is representative of the directions he was pursuing over the last year and a half of his life--whenever he had a respite from the road. VOODOO SOUP will startle some recent fans, though long-time converts will recall that the bulk of these tracks first appeared on THE CRY OF LOVE, while others surfaced on RAINBOW BRIDGE, WAR HEROES and CRASH LANDING.

The fresh sequencing and new mixes work well together as a set piece. Among the many highlights is a swirling "The New Rising Sun" (a precursor to the "Captain Coconut/Hey Baby" instrumental medley which was a highlight of his last live shows), featuring Jimi alone in the studio, playing guitar and drums (and sounding very much like Mitch Mitchell). This is cross-faded into a simple, poignant blues, "Belly Button Window," with its expressive wah-wah commentary and its portents of his own birth, death and resurrection. "Stepping Stone" and "Room Full Of Mirrors" are Jimi at his rocking best, while "Midnight" and "Peace In The Mississippi" are derived from R&B and the blues, featuring a gnashing guitar timbre that will appeal to Gen X shredders. But the gentle organ timbres of the vamping "Pali Gap," and the tender grace of his epic Ballads "Angel" and "Drifting" point to Jimi's elemental lyricism, even as the sensual, prismatic "Night Bird Flying" illustrates his orchestral dimension. And a triage of metallic wonders ("Freedom," "In From The Storm," "EZY Rider") point to the eternal vitality of Hendrix's vision of rock.

1) The New Rising Sun (03:21)
2) Belly Button Window (03:35)
3) Stepping Stone (04:08)
4) Freedom (03:26)
5) Angel (04:20)
6) Room Full Of Mirrors (03:10)
7) Midnight (06:02)
8) Night Bird Flying (03:46)
9) Drifting (03:52)
10) Ezy Ryder (04:09)
11) Pali Gap (04:43)
12) Message To Love (03:34)
13) Peace In Mississippi (05:26)
14) In From The Storm (03:41)

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