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Jimi Hendrix: Unearthed Songs To Be Released On New Posthumous LP
An archived batch of material recorded between 1968 and 1970 will form the basis of a new posthumous album by Jimi Hendrix.
Set for release March 9, 2018, Both Sides Of The Sky will feature 13 tracks, including 10 previously unreleased recordings. The LP will bookend the trilogy of unissued archival Hendrix recordings, following 2010's Valleys of Neptune and 2013's People, Hell and Angels.
The unreleased recordings include a cover of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy," "Stepping Stone," "Jungle, and "Sweet Angel." A majority of the tracks feature the power trio that became the Band Of Gypsys lineup: Hendrix (guitar/vocals), Billy Cox (bass) and Buddy Miles (drums). "Hear My Train A Comin'," another newly released track, showcases the original Jimi Hendrix Experience lineup: Hendrix, Noel Redding (bass) and drummer Mitch Mitchell (drums).
Coming March 9, 2018, Both Sides of the Sky presents 13 studio recordings from #JimiHendrix including 10 previously unreleased. Third volume in series presenting most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the Hendrix archive. #PreOrder at: https://t.co/MtyrWSNWCn pic.twitter.com/FYX6JNvfKH
— Jimi Hendrix (@JimiHendrix) December 7, 2017
The LP also features guest collaborators such as Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and vocalist/saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood. Stills appears on two tracks: a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" and an original song "$20 Fine." Winter appears on a reading of Guitar Slim's "Things I Used to Do."
"Jimi's true home was the studio — that's where the music and the magic happened," said engineer/co-producer Eddie Kramer about the project. "He loved everything about recording, and it's been my distinct pleasure and an honor to play a part in that process both then and now."
Hendrix was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. Six of his recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including "All Along The Watchtower," "Purple Haze" and his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."