Both Sides of the Sky is a ‘new’ Jimi Hendrix album being released by Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings which features 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970— ten of which have never before been released.
Both Sides of the Sky is the third volume in a trilogy of albums that feature unissued studio recordings, following Valleys of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angels (2013).
Many of the album’s tracks were recorded by the trio that would come to be known as Band of Gypsys: Jimi on guitar and vocals, Billy Cox on bass, and Buddy Miles< on drums and indeed Both Sides of the Sky opens with their uptempo reworking of Muddy Waters’ Mannish Boy.
Lover Man is a Hendrix original and this rendition was recorded by the Band Of Gypsys in December 1969 — complete with a homage to the Batman theme song! Elsewhere, Hear My Train A Comin’ (from April 1969) features Hendrix’s old muckers, drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding and further highlights include previously unheard recordings of Stepping Stone, Jungle, Cherokee Mist (which features Hendrix on sitar) and the January 1968 recording of Sweet Angel.
Both Sides of the Sky also features an assortment of guest musicians including Stephen Stills (who befriended Hendrix at the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival), Johnny Winter and Lonnie Youngblood, his old bandmate from his pre-fame days in Curtis Knight & The Squires.
This archival release was produced by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott, and Eddie Kramer. Kramer served as recording engineer on every Jimi Hendrix album made during the artist’s life.
The album, with its striking cover art, will be released on CD and as a numbered 2LP vinyl edition on 9 March 2018.
Both Sides of the Sky
Hear My Train A Comin’*
Power Of Soul^
Things I Used to Do#
Send My Love To Linda*
^ Previously unavailable extended version
+Featuring Stephen Stills
#Featuring Johnny Winter
++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood