Coming on March 9th is the latest officially sanctioned Jimi Hendrix vault release, titled, Both Sides Of The Sky. The collection was produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., and features 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970 — 10 of which have never before been released. The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl double-LP.
Highlights on the album include studio Band Of Gypsies cuts featuring Hendrix, Billy Cox on bass, and Buddy Miles on drums during their first recording session on April 22nd, 1969. The new set features the trio’s previously unreleased, uptempo reworking of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” and the Hendrix original, “Lover Man.” The Jimi Hendrix Experience — featuring drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding — is represented with the previously unreleased April 1969 recordings of “Stepping Stone,” “Jungle,” “Cherokee Mist” — which features Hendrix on both electric guitar and sitar — as well as the January 1968 recording of “Sweet Angel.”
Also included on Both Sides Of The Sky is a September 1969 collaboration with Stephen Stills on a version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” that pre-dates the Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young recording. Stills also contributed “$20 Fine,” an original song that featured Hendrix on multiple guitars, Mitch Mitchell on drums, Stills on organ and lead vocals, and Duane Hitchings of Buddy Miles Express on piano.
The album also features a collaboration between Hendrix, Johnny Winter on guitar, backed by Billy Cox, and drummer Dallas Taylor of CSNY performing Guitar Slim’s “Things I Used To Do.”
Jimi Hendrix’s producer Eddie Kramer, whose relationship with Hendrix began when he engineered 1967’s Are You Experienced?, says that Hendrix was far more than the flaky psychedelic-blues guitarist he’s been portrayed as over the years: “Very sharp, very focused, very funny, very shy. Totally dedicated to his music and his art. I would call him a universal human being, who was interested in his fellow man. Didn’t think of himself as black, white, green, purple — mind you, he did think in colors, but not those colors. He thought everything should be in colors. He was such a complete human being with, with such far-reaching intellect that I think is not really recognized as much today. The ultimate electronic space cowboy.”
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