Behind The Poster: Jimi Hendrix The Cry of Love 50th Anniversary
We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's final musical gift to the world, The Cry of Love, with limited edition posters by Palehorse, available 50 years to the day the album was released!
The 10 tracks that make up The Cry of Love were collected from almost two and a half years of studio sessions, spanning March 1968, when Jimi started work on his final album with the Experience, Electric Ladyland, through just a month before his death. Most tracks were recorded at Hendrix's New York Electric Lady Studios in 1970 with the Experience's Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, and Billy Cox and Buddy Miles.
On March 5, 1971, a couple of months after Jimi’s death, Mitchell and their long-time producer Eddie Kramer, released the The Cry Of Love. There are real gems in The Cry Of Love, as in all of Hendrix's music, with utterly fantastic moments of unparalleled guitar playing, sound-scaping and world-building.
The Cry of Love was a hit upon its release, reaching No. 3 in the U.S. (higher than Are You Experienced?). The LP gathers the final essential recordings of one of rock's true giants and reflects his legend at the same time it faithfully expands it. We are honored to work with Authentic Hendrix, LLC to celebrate the legacy of the greatest to ever pick up a guitar.
This poster was created to celebrate the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and the unifying music that he gave the world before he left his body prior to the album’s release in 1971. As an iconic symbol of peace and love during the ongoing war in Vietnam, Hendrix is shown from behind emanating a ‘Cry of Love’ to his audience as he bids us all farewell. The symbols running up the spine represent the chakra centers of the human body, with the spiritual eye open and awakened. The heart and spiritual eye chakras are focal points in mediation, used to transcend the body while sending and receiving divine Love. These Eastern symbols are also a nod to the 70’s spiritual revolution and Jimi’s usage of Hindu iconography in his album art for Bold as Love. The bow and arrow icons on his jacket reflect his Native American Cherokee ancestry and the original (unused) album artwork that Hendrix commissioned for the record before his passing. It’s an honor to have been selected to create this officially licensed, screen-printed poster for the fans and the pop culture archives as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the one and only Jimi Hendrix solo record. ~ Palehorse