By Michael Asiffo
One cannot deny that musically, Jimi Hendrix was ahead of his time. Despite his relatively short time in the mainstream compared to other music greats, today he is recognized as a visionary.
Thanks to classics like “Voodoo Child”, “Purple Haze”, and “All Along The Watchtower”, Hendrix is still remembered as a wizard with a guitar in his hands. Hendrix’s music is still being listened to today despite his premature death over 45 years ago and fans might get more from the artist. Another Jimi Hendrix LP titled “Both Sides of the Sky" is coming out on March 9th 2018.
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The LP is not the first ‘after death’ Hendrix project in recent years. Both Sides of the Sky will be the third post-mortem Hendrix LP in 7 years. Previous post-mortem albums are Valleys of Neptune released in 2010 and People, Hell and Angels released in 2013. Thus this LP will complete the Trilogy of Hendrix LP. What the Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings project will provide in this part of the trilogy is 10 never before released songs from the icon that were recorded from 1968-1970. In total the Album will have 13 studio cuts from the aforementioned time period. Co-Producer of the album, John McDermott, explained how proud they were to bring this production out.
"Since Experience Hendrix began its restoration of the Jimi Hendrix music catalog in 1997, our goal has been to present these important recordings to Jimi's fans in the best possible quality. We are excited about achieving that. We've also been intent on generating album releases which present this amazing music in its proper context," -Jimi Hendrix on PR Newswire
The Album will also feature the 2 other members of Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys group, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. The album will also feature names like Stephen Stills, Lonnie Youngblood, and Johnny Winter. This new LP is part of the Experience Hendrix’s group mission to preserve the Rock and Roll Phenom’s legacy. This was something that President and CEO of Experience Hendrix, Janie Hendrix, commented at length on.
"We have a growing commitment to preserve the legacy of Jimi and also to continue to give the worldwide family of Jimi fans quality releases. That's what "Both Sides of The Sky reflects…our ongoing commitment. In a deeper sense, it's the keeping of a promise. Jimi and I once made a promise to each other. He said he would take care of me and I told him I would take care him. Through his music and our preservation of his work, my brother and I honor one another. We are now in our third decade of watching over Jimi's creative works and our resolve to maintain the integrity of what he left us has only grown stronger with time." - Jimi Hendrix on PR Newswire
It will be interesting to see how the album will be received by critics and fans alike. This will complete the trilogy of LPs that the previous have been well received but will fans be fatigued? Also, will this music present Hendrix in a dignified light? Only time will tell and unfortunately Hendrix’s fans will have to wait until March 9th to hear Both Sides of the Sky.