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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Ten previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings highlight Both Sides of the Sky, an upcoming posthumous LP from the legendary guitarist. The album will be available March 9, 2018 via Sony Legacy Recordings on multiple formats, including CD, digital and a numbered, 180-gram audiophile double-vinyl. The 13-track album compiles material recorded between January 1968 and February 1970. It is the third and final installment in a trilogy series of unissued archival recordings, following 2010's Valleys of Neptune and 2013's People, Hell and Angels. Engineer Eddie Kramer -- who worked on every Hendrix project before the guitar legend's death -- co-produced the album with John McDermott and Hendrix's sister, Janie Hendrix.

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Many of the 13 tracks -- including an uptempo cover of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy" -- showcase the trio line-up that became known as Band of Gypsys: Hendrix on guitar and vocals, Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums.

"Hear My Train A Comin'" features the original line-up from the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell.

Several notable guest collaborators highlight the set, including Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and vocalist/saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood (Hendrix's pre-fame bandmate in Curtis Knight & the Squires).

Stills appears on two tracks recorded in September 1969: a cover version of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" (tracked months before Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's famous reworking) and the original song "$20 Fine."

Winter appears on a previously excerpted rendition of Guitar Slim's "Things I Used to Do," appearing here in a full, remixed version.

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Those Brit kids in the video look like they aren't quite sure what they are experiencing.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-07 12:58 PM | Reply

#1 | POSTED BY CORKY

Very few understand what they are experiencing in real time. I've been there several times musically.

#2 | Posted by memyselfini at 2017-12-08 02:34 AM | Reply

One of the questions I ponder from time-to-time is whether people like Hendrix were great because they took drugs or could they have done so much more had they not took drugs.

Any thoughts?

#3 | Posted by sawdust at 2017-12-08 07:07 AM | Reply

Being a Hendrix fan for many decades, I'm concerned that the new release(s) will be more stiff studio out-takes with overdubs performed by current studio musicians. Jimi's best music was that produced live, either on stage or in a group, in one take in the studio. The closer to a live performance, and the farther from the influence of a modern mixing engineer, the better in my mind.

Of course, many young people will hear Hendrix and think 'Hey, he's stealing from John Mayer...'

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2017-12-08 08:59 AM | Reply

Hendrix is great but there is a lot if bad stuff out there with his name on it. Mostly studio stuff where he's just playing ruthless for someone else or live stuff from his early days with very poor audio quality. Not a knock on him, the problem is sleazy record labels who get ahold of this stuff.

Anyway, this sounds like it may be pretty good and I'll probably check it out.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2017-12-08 09:53 AM | Reply

Autocorrect changed typo on rhythm to ruthless

#6 | Posted by Sully at 2017-12-08 09:54 AM | Reply

Releasing cuts of Hendrix or any other artist, for that matter, seems to me as a violation of their rights as artists to control what they offer to the public as their art. Profit motive what it is will cause people to disregard what the actual artist might have wanted because of a few quick bucks. I liked Hendrix, saw him in concert, I wouldn't listen to one of these new recordings if you paid me to.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-08 09:59 AM | Reply

Like the last posthumous set of recordings released, there was a good reason these are unreleased. They're not very good.

#8 | Posted by morris at 2017-12-08 12:17 PM | Reply

- They're not very good.

Well, we don't know that, and perhaps some are quite good. I look forward to hearing the Woodstock cover, and Johnny Winter with Hendrix.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-08 01:01 PM | Reply

I can't wait to hear this.

#10 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2017-12-08 03:31 PM | Reply

Any unreleased recordings of The Grateful Dead sitting in with Mel Tormé?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-08 04:22 PM | Reply

No, but here's Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

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#12 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-08 10:16 PM | Reply

Anything for you, my most seductive Pop Star of a man!
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#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-08 10:43 PM | Reply

Give it up, let the man rest in peace. His bones are already dissolved. The era is over, the age is over. Rock music is dead.

People that were adults during his reign are now dying too. Let's move on, shall we?

And the answer is 'no', these artist would not have been as good without mind altering substances. All of the greatest artists took drugs, even Leonardo di vinci and Shakespeare. Picasso, Hemingway, Mozart, the list goes on and on. The greatest era of modern music creativity was fueled by alcohol, cocaine and heroin. No one wants to observe a regular guy with a regular job who eats right, lives sober, pays his bills and goes to work on time.

Like Clint Eastwood said, 'when i first started in acting, i was cleaning swimming pools for a living. I did not want to make or see movies about a guy who cleans swimming pools for a living. I wanted escapism.'

#14 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-12-09 10:01 AM | Reply

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