March, 2018 will be very excited month. As we wrote before in 2017, we expecting the new Mark Knopfler’s album, and now we have news from the whole team of Jimi Hendrix.
As is written on his official website, the new album with unreleased songs Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings will release on March 9, 2018 on CD, LP and Digital. The name of the new album is “Both Sides of the Sky” and you can per-order it now here.
On the album are 13 unreleased songs by Jimi Hendrix, recorded in the period between 1968 and 1970. The 13-track album includes 10 songs that have never been released before.
Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27. The new album is the third volume in a trilogy from the guitar hero’s archive. “Valleys of Neptune” was released in 2010, followed by “People, Hell and Angels”, released in 2013.
Eddie Kramer, who worked as recording engineer on every Hendrix album made during the artist’s life, said in an interview that 1969 was “a very experimental year” for Hendrix, and that he was blown away as he worked on the new album.
“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 incredible’, Kramer said.
“It’s an incredible thing. Forty, 50 years later here we are and I’m listening to these tapes going, ‘Oh my God, that’s an amazing performance.”
Many of the album’s tracks were recorded by Band of Gypsys, Hendrix’s trio with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox. Stephen Stills appears on two songs: “20$ Fine” and “Woodstock”.
Kramer said though “Both Sides of the Sky” is the last of the trilogy, someone could find new Hendrix music in an attic or a basement, which could be re-worked. He also said they have live footage of Hendrix, some just audio and some in video, which they plan to release.
“It was amazing just to watch him in the studio or live. The brain kicks off the thought process – it goes through his brain through his heart and through his hands and onto the guitar, and it’s a seamless process”, Kramer said.
“It’s like a lead guitar and a rhythm guitar at the same time, and it’s scary. There’s never been another Jimi Hendrix, at least in my mind”, finished Kramer.