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Merrell Fankhauser - Rainbow Bridge Revisited (DVD/CD)

Genre: Pop/Psychedelic
Release Date: 17th June 2013

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST127DVD
Price: £7.99
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Merrell Fankhauser - Rainbow Bridge Revisited

Rainbow Bridge was a peculiar 1972 film featuring Jimi Hendrix (who had died two years before) and a cast of local eccentrics using Hendrix’s music and a whole slew of UFO sightings to explore their spirituality. 41 years later, musician and film-maker Merrell Fankhauser revisits the film to explore its message more fully.

He told us: “As you know I lived on Maui for 14 years and I moved there in ‘73 just a year after the Jimi Hendrix Rainbow Bridge came out. And when I moved there I met a lot of people that were in the movies, and a lot of them were hippies, surfers and cosmic people that were seeing UFOs and everything, and they said Jimi was really into the whole UFO thing, and that there were even some hovering about when they were shooting over there. So we contacted the ones that we still knew where they were over there and we went over and interviewed them and it was really interesting what some of them had to say about hanging out with Hendrix and everything and then we went down to Southern California, because some of them lived down there, and we interviewed a few of those so we’ve got some really interesting interviews with, I think, an insight into some of the things that were going on with that movie with Hendrix hasn’t come out.

''In the original Rainbow Bridge if you saw it, it follows Pat Hartley the actress from the Sunset Strip over to O’ahu and then to Maui where she meets all these characters, and ultimately Jimi. And the message because of all of her travels and the way it was put together kind of got lost a little bit in the different scenes and things and I talked to one of the guys from Warner Brothers who was in on the editing and he said that when they brought the film over it was in all of these bags and there was sand in it and they were almost afraid to put it on their machine, and had to clean it all and they kept going through this stuff and it was just a lot of hippies talking about cosmic stuff and getting high on drugs, and everybody kept saying “Where’s Jimi, where’s Jimi? Where’s the concert?” You know they were afraid they weren’t going to have enough to make the movie really good, but finally they got to the movie part.

''So what we did, we kind of condensed these interviews down and we would segue into some really great surfing on big waves over there, because a lot of the people that were interviewed were surfers and we have old footage of them surfing, and then we cut to surfing footage from now, and I have about ten of my newer instrumental surf songs in there with the surfing, and then it would go to a couple of band performances – there were two Maui bands that we have over there: Omar and the Wavestop Spies and The Space Patrol, who actually – the lead singer – Les Potts was in the original Rainbow Bridge movie and he’s the guy that’s shown cutting up this surf board that they smuggled some hashish, I think it was, to the island, and he takes a big toke and coughs his lungs out, and that’s in the movie.”

It sounds just as eccentric a project as the original, and personally, I can’t wait.

The following is a review from 'MUZIK reviews'

'Merrell Fankhauser and the island of Maui have a strong connection. The artist lived there for 14 years and experienced many different things related to UFO sightings. He came to know the people that were eye witnesses to those events.

'Rainbow Bridge Revisited is CD/DVD set that Fankhauser has put together for Gonzo Multimedia and was released in June of this year. He has been one of those multifaceted artists covering several genres and with many interests outside of the music business. His ability to translate those experiences through his own music has carved out a unique niche.

'Rainbow Bridge the original movie was the Jimi Hendrix movie. What Fankhauser sets out to do is interview some of the remaining cast of that movie. On the DVD you get firsthand accounts of UFO sightings through a series of interviews and some original footage of surfers set to some of Merrell’s great surf rock tracks. There are several gems on both discs including the classic and very appropriate “Calling From A Star.” The rocking surf tunes set the tone. One of my all-time favorites and in my opinion the best Merrell has ever performed is “Monster Swell.” The track is filled with all the drama and unpredictability of the ocean. The song goes through several changes and it is a complete masterpiece of surf rock. “Wild Gyrations” is another classic that will put the sun in your heart, the warm sand of the beach on your toes and images of surfers riding the immense waves of the Hawaii surf.

'Although the footage of the surfers is quite old it gets the idea of the theme and location over quite well. If you are looking for an HD quality video this is not it. If you appreciate up close interviews and hearing about experiences of UFO siting’s and can appreciate surf rock music then you will love this set.

'Merrell has always done a terrific job providing fascinating stories of his own, interviewing people that had their own tales to tell and then adding some great music to make the experience complete.

'Watching and listening to all of this puts your head somewhere else and it offers a different perspective of reality. Some of the people being interviewed were spaced out old hippies but you simply cannot deny some of the events that have taken place on the islands of Hawaii. These accounts are just a part of the long history of extraterrestrial sightings that have been witnessed over the years. What makes it special is the involvement of one of the most respected and admired musical talents we have ever known, Merrell Fankhauser. This is a documentary you will not want to miss!'

 

Click on link to read original review:

http://www.muzikreviews.com/reviews.php?ID=2702

Key Tracks: Calling From A Star, Monster Swell, Wild Gyrations

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Founder MuzikReviews.com


Tracks:
1. All Along The Watchtower
2. Last Wave at Hanalei
3. Wild Gyrations
4. Surfin 101
5. Waterfall
6. Hookipa
7. Mother Sea
8. The Wind Cried Maui
9. Monster Swell
10. Surf Rage
11. The Wall
12. Calling From A Star
Click above to watch video

 



 Review: DUTCH MERRELL FANKHAUSER REVIEW


http://www.vianocturna2000.blogspot.pt/2013/10/review-rainbow-bridge-revisited-merrell.html
Rainbow Bridge Revisited ( Merrell Fankhauser )
(2013 , Gonzo Multimedia )
For the youngest , Rainbow Bridge was a 1972 film directed by Chuck Wein that featured pictures of a concert of Jimi Hendrix ( who had died two years earlier ) , a small conversation between Hendrix , Wein and Pat Hartley and a set of local elements who used the music of Hendrix as a way to explore their spirituality and understanding of the cosmos via the successive viewing UFOs . 41 years later, the director and guitarist Merrell Fankhauser ( considered one of the most innovative musicians called surf music and psychedelic folk rock and leader of The Impacts , instrumental surf music band ) revisits this film to explore more deeply your message . Thus arises Rainbow Bridge Revisited , an idea of the journalist Steve Omar Omar himself with production together with Fankhauser . The two were looking to Maui and interviewing the original cast of Rainbow Bridge and hear how it was filming and dealing with Jimi Hendrix . And so between images of the beautiful beaches of Maui and California , there are interviews with Paul Gebauer , John Schafill , Leslie Potts , Steve Sutherland and Mike Hynson . The result is this documentary about one hour and a soundtrack with 12 tracks . A local band , the The Space Patrol contributes to The Wall , a theme of 1997; himself Omar and The Wavespies participates with Surf Rage , 2005 ; All Along The Watchtower , the opening theme is an original Bob Dylan dated 1968 and the rest of the subjects belong Merrell Fankhauser and range chronologically from 1975 ( Waterfall) and 2004 ( Last Wave at Hanalei ) . Curious is the fact that the current lead singer of The Space Patrol , Les Potts , have been in the original edition of Rainbow Bridge. The package also includes an audio CD with all of these themes ranging from rock and roll , rockabilly , blues and surf music , being mainly instrumental (only Waterfall , Surf Rage , and The Wall are Calling From A Star unvoiced ), and where the addition of the saxophone (Wild gyrations , Surfin 101 and Hookipa ) and harmonic ( the Wall) eventually incorporate more exotic work .
tracklist :
1. All Along The Watchtower
2 . Last Wave At Hanalei
3 . Wild gyrations
4 . Surfin 101
5 . Waterfall
6 . Hookipa
7 . Mother Sea
8 . The Wind Cried Maui
9 . Monster Swell
10 . surf Rage
11 . The Wall
12 . Calling From A Star
Internet:
http://www.merrellfankhauser.com/

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 Review: MERRELL FANKHAUSER REVIEW


Merrell Fankhauser
Rainbow Bridge Revisited (CD/DVD)

Merrell Fankhauser and the island of Maui have a strong connection. The artist lived there for 14 years and experienced many different things related to UFO sightings. He came to know the people that were eye witnesses to those events.

Rainbow Bridge Revisited is CD/DVD set that Fankhauser has put together for Gonzo Multimedia and was released in June of this year. He has been one of those multifaceted artists covering several genres and with many interests outside of the music business. His ability to translate those experiences through his own music has carved out a unique niche.

Rainbow Bridge the original movie was the Jimi Hendrix movie. What Fankhauser sets out to do is interview some of the remaining cast of that movie. On the DVD you get firsthand accounts of UFO sightings through a series of interviews and some original footage of surfers set to some of Merrell’s great surf rock tracks. There are several gems on both discs including the classic and very appropriate “Calling From A Star.” The rocking surf tunes set the tone. One of my all-time favorites and in my opinion the best Merrell has ever performed is “Monster Swell.” The track is filled with all the drama and unpredictability of the ocean. The song goes through several changes and it is a complete masterpiece of surf rock. “Wild Gyrations” is another classic that will put the sun in your heart, the warm sand of the beach on your toes and images of surfers riding the immense waves of the Hawaii surf.

Although the footage of the surfers is quite old it gets the idea of the theme and location over quite well. If you are looking for an HD quality video this is not it. If you appreciate up close interviews and hearing about experiences of UFO siting’s and can appreciate surf rock music then you will love this set.

Merrell has always done a terrific job providing fascinating stories of his own, interviewing people that had their own tales to tell and then adding some great music to make the experience complete.

Watching and listening to all of this puts your head somewhere else and it offers a different perspective of reality. Some of the people being interviewed were spaced out old hippies but you simply cannot deny some of the events that have taken place on the islands of Hawaii. These accounts are just a part of the long history of extraterrestrial sightings that have been witnessed over the years. What makes it special is the involvement of one of the most respected and admired musical talents we have ever known, Merrell Fankhauser. This is a documentary you will not want to miss!

Key Tracks: Calling From A Star, Monster Swell, Wild Gyrations

http://www.muzikreviews.com/reviews.php?ID=2702

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DVD/CD - £9.99

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2CD - £9.99

Tiki Lounge Vol 1
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2CD - £11.99

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CD - £9.99

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 Review: Belgian Merrell Fankhauser review


http://www.musicinbelgium.net/pl/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=13888

Merrell Fankhauser , musical genius of the American psychedelic scene of 60-70 years, lived for several years in Honolulu. This venerable hippie recently diversified its operations by adding to his playing those documentary filmmaker, in this case "Rainbow bridge revisited" . This documentary is available on DVD, distributed by Gonzo Multimedia. Label "Rainbow bridge" inevitably recalls Jimi Hendrix , as one of his last concerts in Hawaii in 1970 was the subject of a film of the same name published in 1972 ."brigde Rainbow" is also one of the first posthumous album of Jimi, released a few months after his death in 1971.

Merrell Fankhauser has therefore made ​​up his mind to awaken the memory of the passing of Jimi Hendrix on the island of Maui in the late July 1970 for a concert made ​​history. In fact, at the time this provision was rather chaotic, few people are pointing to the scene to this free concert, the sound hampered by a strong wind. But anyway, this concert has been integrated into a larger movie, typically in the spirit of the times, with conversations on the new age hippies, astronomy and transcendental meditation. Forty years later The documentary Merrell Fankhauser uses the same formulas, with interviews of people who appeared in the 1972 film. Young blond surfers in 1970 became nostalgic peaceful grandpas who speak of all  : their encounters with Hendrix, the joys of surfing, UFOs, the continent of Mu (supposedly the Pacific version of Atlantis) or disclosure of the human mind with the stars.Many images of surfers in action away gradually the viewer of the subject, namely Hendrix in Hawaii in 1970. It is right back to the happy years babacool smelling patchouli, hashish and all illusions of youth finally caught up with the harsh realities of the modern world. 

Far from being a model for image quality, framing or coherent reasoning, this"Rainbow Bridge revisited" will appeal mainly to fans of Merrell Fankhauser, with memories of Peace and Love and also to surf lovers (because as surfing, there are certainly more than Jimi Hendrix.) The documentary DVD is accompanied by a CD with the soundtrack, where there are many songs Merrell Fankhauser at various times in his career, as well as an instrumental cover of "All along the watchtower" , written by Dylan and popularized by Hendrix.Those who are less tempted by the pictures could then find solace in music from CD, stamped Merrell Fankhauser and therefore of obvious quality.

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DVD/CD - £9.99


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Tiki Lounge Vol 1
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The Best Of
2CD - £11.99


The Return To Mu
CD - £9.99


Tiki Lounge Vol 2
DVD/CD - £12.99

 Review: Belgian Merrell Fankhauser review


http://www.musicinbelgium.net/pl/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=13888

Merrell Fankhauser , musical genius of the American psychedelic scene of 60-70 years, lived for several years in Honolulu. This venerable hippie recently diversified its operations by adding to his playing those documentary filmmaker, in this case "Rainbow bridge revisited" . This documentary is available on DVD, distributed by Gonzo Multimedia. Label "Rainbow bridge" inevitably recalls Jimi Hendrix , as one of his last concerts in Hawaii in 1970 was the subject of a film of the same name published in 1972 ."brigde Rainbow" is also one of the first posthumous album of Jimi, released a few months after his death in 1971.

Merrell Fankhauser has therefore made ​​up his mind to awaken the memory of the passing of Jimi Hendrix on the island of Maui in the late July 1970 for a concert made ​​history. In fact, at the time this provision was rather chaotic, few people are pointing to the scene to this free concert, the sound hampered by a strong wind. But anyway, this concert has been integrated into a larger movie, typically in the spirit of the times, with conversations on the new age hippies, astronomy and transcendental meditation. Forty years later The documentary Merrell Fankhauser uses the same formulas, with interviews of people who appeared in the 1972 film. Young blond surfers in 1970 became nostalgic peaceful grandpas who speak of all  : their encounters with Hendrix, the joys of surfing, UFOs, the continent of Mu (supposedly the Pacific version of Atlantis) or disclosure of the human mind with the stars.Many images of surfers in action away gradually the viewer of the subject, namely Hendrix in Hawaii in 1970. It is right back to the happy years babacool smelling patchouli, hashish and all illusions of youth finally caught up with the harsh realities of the modern world. 

Far from being a model for image quality, framing or coherent reasoning, this"Rainbow Bridge revisited" will appeal mainly to fans of Merrell Fankhauser, with memories of Peace and Love and also to surf lovers (because as surfing, there are certainly more than Jimi Hendrix.) The documentary DVD is accompanied by a CD with the soundtrack, where there are many songs Merrell Fankhauser at various times in his career, as well as an instrumental cover of "All along the watchtower" , written by Dylan and popularized by Hendrix.Those who are less tempted by the pictures could then find solace in music from CD, stamped Merrell Fankhauser and therefore of obvious quality.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM FROM GONZO

Rainbow Bridge Revisited
DVD/CD - £9.99


Area 51 Suite
2CD - £9.99


Tiki Lounge Vol 1
DVD/CD - £12.99


The Best Of
2CD - £11.99


The Return To Mu
CD - £9.99


Tiki Lounge Vol 2
DVD/CD - £12.99

 Review: MERRELL FANKHAUSER REVIEW


I'm not a film critic...I may see a dozen movies in a year if I am lucky.

The Rainbow Bridge film released in 1972 was an eccentric tale of those that not only digged the music of the iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix but were heavily immersed into the surf scene in Maui. The combination of the music and of the rather left of center look at the UFO sightings of the day led to a film that was iconic yet not really touching the depth and genius that was Jimi Hendrix. Rainbow Bridge revisited chronicles the making of the film and the unique perspective of those involved.

Hendrix had left this planet two years prior to the release of this film and while the original film was more of a microcosm of a particular space/time continuum, the Hendrix influence upon the cultural identity of the day was the message being sent. The music is surf music with a heavy Hendrix influence by Merrell Fankhauser, The Space Patrol and Omar and The Wavespies. The DVD package comes with the 12 song soundtrack.


This is an incredibly intriguing look back at popular culture some 41 years earlier. The exploration of spirituality through music, unexplained phenomenon, and the cultural influences of the day is striking...Whether you are a Hendrix fan or not, this look back at one of the most influential musicians of our time is certainly worth a peak. 

http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/08/rainbow-bridge-revisted-2013.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DigitalJazzReviews+%28Digital+Jazz+Reviews%29

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