Title - 'Both Sides of the Sky' (180 gram Vinyl 2LP)
Artist - Jimi Hendrix
On March 9th, 2018, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, proudly release Both Sides of the Sky, a dynamic new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970.
This album completes a trilogy of albums [with Valleys Of Neptune and People, Hell & Angels] presenting the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the Hendrix archive.
The loose theme for Both Sides of The Sky is most definitely collaboration and so, as one would hope / expect, there is a lot of that taking place.
1: 'Mannish Boy'
2: 'Lover Man'
3: 'Hear My Train a Comin'
4: 'Stepping Stone'
5: '$20 Fine'
6: 'Power of Soul'
8: 'Things I Used to Do'
9: 'Georgia Blues'
10: 'Sweet Angel'
12: 'Send My Love to Linda'
13: 'Cherokee Mist'
The feverish guitar work of a wondrously re-imagined Muddy Waters 'Mannish Boy' kicks this brilliant 180 gram double vinyl album off perfectly and is backed seamlessly by both the frenetic guitar work of what would be a favorite concert staple, 'Lover Man,' and then one of the longest tracks on the album (and deservedly so) at just over seven minutes, the pulsating, yet noticeably stripped down 'Hear My Train a Comin'.
Next up is the trippy, yet fluidly loose guitar work of an alternative take on 'Stepping Stone' which is followed by the deep blues of the Stills penned, Buffalo Springfield cut '$20 Fine', the swirling guitar sounds of 'Power of Soul,' and then the laid back jaunt of 'Jungle'. The blues stomp of 'Things I Used To Do' is yet another stand out track here, as are both the longest track, 'Georgia Blues' (sung by Lonnie Youngblood) and the brilliant guitar-lite melodies of 'Sweet Angel.'
This fantastic, absolutely incredible double vinyl LP then continues on with the upbeat Hammond organ play of 'Woodstock' (which features Stephen Stills on organ and Hendrix on bass), before finally coming to a close (sadly) with the taut guitar ballad 'Send My Love to Linda' (although spliced together from different takes, it does have a feel of should-have-been-left-alone to it before the end), and then the jangly, electric sitar studio jam, 'Cherokee Mist'.
Both Sides Of The Sky was mixed by Eddie Kramer, the engineer for all of Hendrix's albums throughout the guitarist's lifetime, and produced by Janie Hendrix, Kramer and John McDermott.
The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180 gram audiophile vinyl 2LP.
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