It’s National Spaghetti Day (it’s true – click HERE) so, of course, we’re having spaghetti for dinner…or “sketti”, as any decent red-blooded, North American kid should call it. Truthfully, I’m not doing anything. Buckus actually. I’m simply sitting here drinking beer, barking out orders to the chef (HRH) and listening to the ‘Rainbow Bridge‘ soundtrack by Jimi Hendrix.
Seems like a good enough occasion as any to introduce HRH to Jimi.
Back when ‘Rainbow Bridge‘ was originally released in 1971 , it was actually among the best of the posthumous Hendrix releases. Billed as “the original motion picture soundtrack” (it wasn’t, really), it was a mix of excellent, finished studio tracks and a couple of live tracks. Despite this, it’s understandable why it didn’t appeared in the digital realm until 2014 (officially, at least).
Once the estate went back to the Hendrix family in the ’90s, three of the tracks from ‘Rainbow Bridge‘ were used on the album ‘First Rays of the New Rising Sun‘, which had previously only existed as Jimi’s hand-written track listing. The remaining tracks were orphaned out on various box sets and compilations and ‘Hear My Train A Comin’‘ is a live recording from the first show on May 30th, 1970, at the Berkeley Community Theatre. So while all the tracks on ‘Rainbow Bridge‘ have been made available elsewhere, it’s nice to finally have it assembled the way the original LP was, with excellent remastered sound (not just for the old-timers who had the LP the first time around, but for others who don’t necessarily want to shell out for the box set needed to gather these tracks). Highlights include overlooked gems like ‘Pali Gap‘ and Jimi’s rarely heard studio version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner‘, which is made of multi-tracked guitars and basses.
For my part, I wasn’t even aware this album existed until about a month ago when I started reading ‘Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life‘ (William Finnegan) and this album was referenced. I thought to myself: “Huh. Never heard of it.” And then thought nothing more of it. But then there it was in box of old soundtracks at Niagara Records one day while browsing stocking stuffers for HRH.
Now, There are two types of record collecting: by choice and by circumstance. In the obvious choice scenario, you actively seek out something you want; the other way the record finds you. This record is a perfect example of the later.
So that’s the plan, Stan.
Sketti and Jimi…
Happy National Spaghetti Day!!