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Live in Maui (1970/2020) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – All about the album

The idea, the story of the album Live in Maui...

The story of Jimi Hendrix's most "flowery" album...

Live in Maui is the title of an album recorded at a performance by Hendrix's band in Maui in the summer of 1970. The performance was organized specifically for the filming of "Rainbow Bridge", which was released after the death of the guitarist ... The album was released only in the fall of 2020: its release was accompanied by the video "Music, Money, Madness ... Jimi Hendrix In Maui".

Before Maui, the trio performed in the United States on their latest tour, The Cry of Love Tour. If during the first set tracks from the albums Experience and Band of Gypsys were performed, then during the second set Hendrix and his team used compositions that were supposed to be included in the fourth studio album of the musician ... Speaking of the film Rainbow Bridge, it is worth emphasizing a rather interesting detail: it is not was a commercial success, and did not include any of the songs from the Hendrix album of the same name (which positioned itself as a soundtrack!) Also, during a performance in Maui, the musicians encountered an obstacle in the form of a strong wind that blocked any sound ...

By the way: everything happened in an open former pasture. Actually - let's talk about everything in more detail!

Where did it all begin? About the Rainbow Bridge movie…

Rainbow Bridge movie poster
Rainbow Bridge movie poster

At the end of his life, Hendrix managed to record several of his live performances. The material became the basis for the ill-fated film by Chuck Wayne, which turned out to be a failure like never before ... As for the performance on the Hawaiian island, the record was listed as missing for a long time ... Fortunately, in the end the material resulted in the charming album “Live in Maui”! True, it was not without difficulties.

In the early 70s, Jimi Hendrix was a real superstar! The musician released 3 excellent albums, toured extensively and took part in major festivals on both sides of the Atlantic as a headliner! Therefore, it is not surprising that Michael Jeffrey, the manager of the now cult guitarist, decided to use the big name of his ward: Jimi was to take part in the filming of one of the most senseless films in history, namely the Rainbow Bridge tape ... As a director, a young and, apparently inexperienced Chuck Wayne. It was decided to shoot in Hawaii ... However, even such a beautiful and romanticized (as well as participation in it Jimi Hendrix Experience) place did not save the "movie picture" from collapse: there was neither a well-thought-out plot, nor an elementary script (that instead of professional actors there were completely ordinary people, hippies, you don’t even have to say ...) As a result, the work failed! Critics described the film as "The Dumbest Hippie Movie Ever". And the only decoration of all this disgrace was the 17-minute performance of Hendrix ...

About the album: production difficulties…

Live in Maui - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - album cover
Live in Maui - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - album cover

As mentioned above, the filming was carried out on the site of an old pasture open to all winds ... Of course, there was no question of any first-class sound! The performance of Hendrix and his team was recorded, and after listening to the recording in New York, it became clear that the wind had literally drowned out Mitch Mitchell's drums! Not the most pleasant news... But Mitchell should be given his due: he went to a truly heroic deed, agreeing to re-record all 17 minutes (!) on a new one, in the studio!

Mitch Mitchell
Mitch Mitchell

By the way: another incident was that the local audience had no idea about the concert... So, about 400 people came to it, which is really not enough... The film itself was released a year after Hendrix's death. Along with this, the label released a self-titled album, a claimed soundtrack for the film, which, ironically, did not include any of the songs recorded during the performance in Hawaii ... That's what "good marketing" means.

Rainbow Bridge Album (1971) - Jimi Hendrix
Rainbow Bridge Album (1971) - Jimi Hendrix

And so, in November 2020, Jimi fans received a great gift in the form of the album “Live in Maui” - the same live recording made on the island of Maui! Pure sound, without noise and other interference, has been achieved with the help of modern technologies.

“Jimi's genius is a unique ability to turn even terrible things into something unreal ... And this is perfectly shown both at that concert and at Live in Maui itself ...” said Jani Hendrix, sister of the legend.

Content…

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix

Bright blues numbers and hurried hit runs side by side with very loose jams that stumble, churn, almost dissolve, and then suddenly skyrocket - this is how Live in Maui, an album that has remained anticipated for half a century ... The first set boasts a little more clarity, while the second one is more subdued… Instead of preloading hits in advance, the trio take their time putting together a dozen new songs that haven't made an album yet… Maybe that extended time in Maui calmed Hendrix ? So, the set starts with "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" instead of ending with it, as was often the case at previous shows.

What could be the title track of Jimi Hendrix's next record blossoms with a magnificent iridescent guitar tone like a wild waterfall...

Effortless guitar heroism abounds, from the sliced chords of "Sunshine of Your Love" turned into "Fire" to the "Star Spangled Banner" quote teasing the final moments of "Purple Haze".

When the rarely played "Villanova Junction" seems to fade into silence, it turns into an assault version of "Ezy Rider"!

Hendrix hits a near-serotonin frequency at some point in every song, reminding me why his music is ambiguously linked to real-life euphoric peaks... And what about "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" when his guitar seems to be dropping a mile above the stage? “I kept thinking that a spaceship was landing,” one of the spectators participating in the documentary later recalled.

And that doesn't sound like an exaggeration... "Red House" appears here in an unusually short, yet powerful version.

But it's "Hear My Train A-Comin'" that shocks the most: a sad, unconquered and angry sound, as if his guitar erases everything in its path!

critical reception

Critics noted that the recording conditions were by no means the best ... So, the following note appeared in AllMusic:

“While this footage does not show Hendrix's new research, it does prove that Jimi was in great shape! He was playful and relaxed, but at the same time - completely involved!

Many critics also pointed out the difficulties with the recording, due to which the album was not released until 2020! They didn't lose sight of the fact that the second part of the set (beginning with the song "Dolly Dagger") is more free and laid-back...

Conclusion…

Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell 1967
Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell 1967

A black genius playing once all-black music paved the way for the now especially white world of rock (footage of a crowd of mostly blissful blond flower children before the musician himself appears seems even more absurd in the present) This is a man who goes beyond frame of rock to something new and untenable. As for the album, perhaps it would be correct to call it "an experiment with vibratory color sound".

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