Watch an exclusive clip from Music, Money, Madness... Jimi Hendrix In Maui

Jimi Hendrix in Maui
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Let's be honest: the movie Rainbow Bridge was an acid-addled farce, and fully deserves the critical scorn it's received ever since its release in 1971. An unscripted hodge-podge of new age gibberish and jumbled direction, it's saved only by footage of Jimi Hendrix playing on the slopes of Haleakalā, a volcano in East Maui, Hawaii.  

In his book Jimi Hendrix: Musician, author Keith Chadwick described the film as "a snafu of impressive dimensions even for the hippie generation," while Harry Shapiro, writer of Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy, called it "a ludicrous farrago of pseudo-mystical acid babble devoid of sincerity." It's really not very good, honest.

However. As is often the way of these things, the story of how Rainbow Bridge came to be is far more interesting than the end product, and this week sees the release of Music, Money, Madness . . . Jimi Hendrix In Maui, a documentary that reveals how the chaos unfolded. 

You can watch our exclusive clip from Music, Money, Madness . . . Jimi Hendrix In Maui below.

The DVD bonus features include all of the existing film shot of the two Jimi Hendrix performances, while a Live In Maui album finally gives the shows the platform they deserve, highlighted by breathtaking versions of Foxy Lady, Purple Haze and Voodoo Child (Slight Return).

“Jimi loved adventure and there was certainly no shortage of it during his time in Hawaii, a place he also loved,” says Janie Hendrix, Jimi's sister. “The back story of Rainbow Bridge and these recordings paint a picture of Jimi’s uncanny ability to turn the bizarre into something amazing! We’re excited about this release because it gives the world a closer look at Jimi’s genius.”

Music, Money, Madness... Jimi Hendrix In Maui will be released on Blu-ray, with the two performances mixed in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Live In Maui will be released as CD and vinyl box sets. Packages are available to pre-order now. 

Check out the trailer and some previously unseen concert footage below.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Live In Maui CD tracklist

Disc One (First show)
Chuck Wein Introduction 
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)                                       
In From The Storm               
Foxey Lady                       
Hear My Train A-Comin'          
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)    
Purple Haze                     
Spanish Castle Magic                      
Lover Man                       
Message to Love                 
Disc Two (Second show)
Dolly Dagger
Villanova Junction
Ezy Ryder
Red House
Jam Back at the House
Straight Ahead
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)/Midnight Lightning
Stone Free

Jimi Hendrix: Live in Maui box set

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.