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Jimi Hendrix Morning Symphony Ideas (2000)


“Morning Symphony Ideas” is a fantastical journey into the creative process and musical genius of James Marshall Hendrix.

This unbelievable collection of songs of previously unreleased songs and home demo’s gives you a bird’s eye view into Jimi’s intensity and complexities as an artist. These tracks never would have been released if he was alive. He demanded painstaking meticulous perfectionism with every song before it was ready to master for production. Just the same, this material is absolutely phenomenal, whether it’s a demo or unfinished track.

What are all the styles covered on this CD? Well, you name it and Hendrix did it. He basically could have picked up his guitar on any given day and decide to record a blues, jazz, or rock album without even thinking about it. The first song, “Keep On Groovin,'” is nearly 30 minutes long. I had to keep looking at my CD player to see if it had changed over to another track, amazingly it just kept going.

Jimi plays everything from rock, blues, jazz, and funk that would put George Clinton to shame. The kicker is that he accomplishes it all in one song. “Scorpio Woman” is another marathon fusion excursion with just as much musical diversity, clocking in at over 21 minutes. You also will hear some Latin Flamenco and island influences that are similar to reggae with a harder rock edge in “Jungle.”

Just when you thought you just heard the latest and greatest from the archives from this guitar legend they unearth another gem. If you think about the period of time he was around its mind boggling how much material he had committed to tape. It’s obvious that if he wasn’t playing live he was in the studio or at home recording something. The evolution of his music is breathtaking; I cannot even imagine how he would have evolved as an artist if he had lived. I am just beside myself as I delve further into this man’s legacy. This is jaw dropping six-string dexterity.

Another absolute must for any guitar aficionado or Hendrix fan.

May 18, 2013 Posted by | Jimi Hendrix Morning Symphony Ideas | | Leave a comment

Jimi Hendrix Morning Symphony Ideas (2000)


First, I’d like to mention the Dagger Records’ philosophy (which I already did in another review): ”To service Jimi’s fans, we have created Dagger Records, a unique label established to release bootleg’ recordings which further detail Jimi’s illustrious legacy”.

These lines are available on the official Hendrix site and each album released under this label is considered as official bootleg and is supervised by the Hendrix family (mainly Janie who is his half sister). It is the first Dagger album which was not a live one and it only features unfinished (and unpolished) material. All tracks were taped in ’69 and ’70.

Now, specifically about this recording (from the same source): “Morning Symphony Ideas is an extraordinary collection of previously unreleased studio and home demo recordings”.

I wouldn’t be as laudatory for sure. Die-hard Hendrix fans (to whom I belong) can enjoy some of these moments but half an hour of “Keep On Groovin” jam offers little memorable moments for the casual listener. But this album is not meant for them.

There is a well known track available here (“Room Full Of Mirrors”) which was already released on the excellent “Rainbow Bridge” album. “Strato Strut” was also featured in an early version on the album “From Nine To The Universe”.

It is of course always emotional for a die-hard fan to listen to Jimi’s voice while introducing a track (“Jungle”). Still, it is quite attractive: a smooth guitar to start (as one could have experienced in “Hey Joe”), and some “Villanova Junction” mood later on which evolves to a furious and wild jam party (with great drumming from Miles). This ensures for one of the best track available here. Definitely the most accessible for non Hendrix maniacs.

My votes go to the extended version of “Room Full Of Mirrors”. The most accomplished one; damned good actually even if it sounds quite raw and to some extent crazy. “Strato Strut” is the more complete one in terms of a band. It features the whole “Band Of Gypsys” (which is not my fave line up, but I mentioned this already in another review of the great man) and sounds quite jazzy.

Getting into the long “Scorpio Woman” is quite an achievement which requires some definite and deep love for the great man.

As I have said, this album is of course not dedicated to everyone. I’ve added it to the PA database because I am profoundly touched by the genius he was and I believe that each of his official release deserves a review but I wouldn’t rate this album with more than two stars.

March 16, 2013 Posted by | Jimi Hendrix Morning Symphony Ideas | | Leave a comment

Jimi Hendrix: Morning Symphony Ideas (2000)


Don’t worry – this isn’t some lost orchestral project. Morning Symphony Ideas, released by Dagger Records, the authorized bootleg offshoot of the Experience Hendrix company, is made up of four studio jams and a pair of solo demos from the king of electric guitar legends.

Jimi Hendrix didn’t read music and he wrote songs by working out riffs and taking them in different directions to find the perfect guitar parts. His personal creative process is compellingly documented throughout Morning Symphony Ideas.

Hendrix leads drummer Buddy Miles through sections of many of the songs he was working on in 1969 on the outstanding 28-minute jam “Keep On Groovin'”. Between Miles’ agile bass drum rhythms and Hendrix’s capacity to play two or more guitar lines at once, a bass player is not missed.

“Jungle”, shorter but still fairly long at 9 minutes, runs through more of the songs that were first compiled on The Cry Of Love, Rainbow Bridge and various posthumous collections (repackaged a few years ago with other tracks as First Rays Of The New Rising Sun and South Saturn Delta).

Many recordings of “Room Full Of Mirrors” have been released in addition to the definitive Rainbow Bridge take. Still another version on Morning Symphony Ideas illustrates how Hendrix could drastically alter the character of a song by reworking the riffs and rhythm.

From the same December 19, 1969 session that yielded “Earth Blues” and “Message To Love” comes the funky “Strato Strut”, long a mainstay of Hendrix bootlegs. The 21-minute practice recording of “Scorpio Woman” sounds so private that listening to it has an almost voyeuristic quality.

Hendrix taped himself in a Maui hotel room in August 1970 crafting the finer points of a song that he never lived to record in the studio. As an added bonus, “Scorpio Woman” features a verse from “Midnight Lightning” and Hendrix’s only known recording of “Heaven Has No Sorrow”. The resonant open-tuning rock progression “Acoustic Demo” serves as short coda to the rest of the CD.

Morning Symphony Ideas may be a bit too focused on revealing the artistic process to hold the interest of a casual rock fan. However, it is entirely listenable and does not have any glaring mistakes, technical problems, bad cuts or excessive studio banter to hinder the powerful flow of the jams.

s a young guitarist, my favorite Jimi Hendrix release was the obscure album of mainly instrumental tracks he recorded with jazz organist Larry Young (among others) called Nine To The Universe. Until that lost gem is reissued, Morning Symphony Ideas provides the deepest look into the non-commercial side of Hendrix’s genius.

The music on this disc contains invaluable lessons for guitarists, drummers and songwriters.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Jimi Hendrix Morning Symphony Ideas | | Leave a comment