Monday, March 12, 2018

Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides Of The Sky

Out now on Experience Hendrix/Legacy Recordings is Both Sides Of The Sky, the final album in a trilogy of album-length collections of archival studio recordings from Jimi Hendrix.  This album follows 2010’s Valleys Of Neptune and 2013’s People, Hell & Angels and was recorded during several sessions from 1968-1970.  It features 13 studio recordings – 10 that have never been released – and features guests such as Johnny Winter and Stephen Stills.    
The album opens with a lively and propulsive previously unreleased cover of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy”, which is also the first studio recording with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles, who would go on to become Jimi’s backing band, Band of  Gypsys.  Stephen Stills joined the sessions and contributes lead vocals and organ to two of the tracks including a Stills original, $20 Fine” with the versatile Jimi on bass guitar and a cover version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” that was recorded long before CSNY’s hit version.  One of the standout tracks is Hendrix’s cover of “Things I Used To Do”, the blues classic originally written by Guitar Slim, that features slide guitar from Johnny Winter and the inclusion of a verse from Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me”.  Another standout is the rollicking “Stepping Stone” with its playful guitar overdubs.  The album closes out on a high note with Cherokee Mist”, a psychedelic instrumental jam that features Jimi on sitar and layers of melodic feedback.
Stream “Mannish Boy” here:


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