Available in multiple formats, including a numbered 180-gram audiophile double-vinyl, CD, and digital, Both Sides of the Sky offers 13 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1970, one of which being "Woodstock," Hendrix's take on the iconic Mitchell classic from 1970's Ladies of the Canyon.
The album serves as the final installment closing a trilogy series of previously unreleased recordings by Hendrix, as Rolling Stone reports. It started with Valleys of Neptune in 2010, then People, Hell and Angels in 2013. Legendary recording producer Eddie Kramer coproduced the album with John McDermott and Janie Hendrix, Jimi's sister.
Both Sides of the Sky sees Hendrix in collaboration with a handful of guests, including Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles from the Band of Gypsys lineup, and Lonnie Youngblood, a notable saxophonist known for working frequently with Hendrix and was his bandmate in Curtis Knight & the Squires.
Both Sides Of The Sky By Jimi Hendrix Tracklist
Below are the full 13 tracks that make up Both Sides of the Sky. If in bold, that means the track is one of the 10 previously unreleased material:
1. "Mannish Boy"
2. "Lover Man"
3. "Hear My Train A Comin"
4. "Stepping Stone"
5. "$20 Fine"
6. "Power Of Soul" (extended version)
8. "Things I Used to Do"
9. "Georgia Blues"
10. "Sweet Angel"
12. "Send My Love To Linda"
13. "Cherokee Mist"
Band Of Gypsys cooked up majority of the album. Stills collaborated with Hendrix and is highlighted in two songs: "$20 Fine," which Kramer says "sounds like Crosby, Stills & Nash except it's on acid, you know," and "Woodstock." Winter, legendary guitarist, appears on "Things I Used To Do". "Hear My Train A Comin", meanwhile, gathers the original Jimi Hendrix Experience lineup: Hendrix, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell.
The new Hendrix record will induce goosebumps, promises Kramer. He's worked on all four of Hendrix's albums before the legend's death in 1970.
"The first thing is you put the tape on and you listen to it and the hairs just stand up right on the back of your neck and you go, 'Oh my God. This is too [expletive] incredible," he said.
Kramer calls the archival compilation incredible that even 40 or 50 years later, listening to the archives still has him mesmerized.
Both Sides of the Sky drops March 9, 2018.