‘Both Sides Of The Sky’ Reaches For, Reaches The Sky In Its Debut

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There’s good news for Jimi Hendrix’s new album.

Both Sides of the Sky, the latest collection of songs from the legendary guitarist, debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200.  This figure comes after the album’s first week sales were announced early this week.  The album was released March 9 in stores and online, with March 16 marking its first full week of availability.

Along with its Top 10 debut on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, the album also charted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums and Top Rock Albums chart.  It has also proven a success overseas, with Top 10 debuts in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria.

These collective figures make Both Sides of the Sky the third consecutive Hendrix collection to debut in Billboard’s Top 10.  The 13-song record features guest appearances from Johnny Winter, Stephen Stills and Lonnie Youngblood. It was co-produced by Hendrix’s longtime producer, Eddie Kramer, Hendrix’s sister and Experience Hendrix, LLC head Janie Hendrix, and John McDermott, with liner notes penned by McDermott.

Both Sides of the Sky is available now.  It can be ordered online now here.  Its track listing is noted below.

Both Sides of the Sky tracklist:

1)    Mannish Boy*

2)    Lover Man*

3)    Hear My Train A Comin’*

4)    Stepping Stone*

5)    $20 Fine*+

6)    Power Of Soul^

7)    Jungle*

8)    Things I Used to Do#

9)    Georgia Blues++

10)  Sweet Angel*

11)  Woodstock*+

12)  Send My Love To Linda*

13)  Cherokee Mist*

 *Previously unreleased

^ Previously unavailable extended version

+Featuring Stephen Stills

#Featuring Johnny Winter

++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood

Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

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‘Both Sides Of The Sky’ Available Now; Performance & More Planned For Celebration

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The wait is officially over for the latest Jimi Hendrix compilation.

Both Sides of the Sky hit stores and online outlets today.  The 13-song record, co-produced by Hendrix’s lontime producer and friend Eddie Kramer, Hendrix’s sister Janie and fellow friend John McDermott, is available on CD, 2LP vinyl and digital platforms.  In celebration of the record’s release, an all-star cast of musicians — Billy Cox (whose work can be heard throughout the compilation), Buddy Guy, Nato Nanji, Tim Austin and The Slide Brothers — will perform live on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Tuesday, March 13.

Fashion designer John Varvatos is also joining the celebration.  He has created a new t-shirt featuring exclusive artwork.  the shirt is available exclusively via Varvatos stores, online and via retail partner Bloomingdales.  As an added bonus, the album’s 2LP vinyl pressings are also being sold in select John Varvatos locations.

The record’s track listing is noted below.

Both Sides of the Sky tracklist:

1)    Mannish Boy*

2)    Lover Man*

3)    Hear My Train A Comin’*

4)    Stepping Stone*

5)    $20 Fine*+

6)    Power Of Soul^

7)    Jungle*

8)    Things I Used to Do#

9)    Georgia Blues++

10)  Sweet Angel*

11)  Woodstock*+

12)  Send My Love To Linda*

13)  Cherokee Mist*

 *Previously unreleased

^ Previously unavailable extended version

+Featuring Stephen Stills

#Featuring Johnny Winter

++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood

Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

More information on Both Sides of the Sky is available online now along with all of the latest Hendrix news at:

 

Website: http://www.jimihendrix.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JimiHendrix

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JimiHendrix

 

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‘Both Sides Of The Sky’ Is Another Fitting Tribute To The Legacy Of Jimi Hendrix

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The wait for the next new Jimi Hendrix album is almost over. This Friday, March 9, Both Sides of the Sky will finally be available in stores and online. This 13-song, 66-minute collection of previously unreleased compositions, it goes without saying, was one that was well worth the wait, and a fitting finale to the trilogy of albums started eight years ago with 2010’s Valleys of Neptune. It is a record that will easily appeal to Hendrix’s longtime fans while also serving as yet another solid introduction to him and his body of work for those less familiar with said music. That is due in no small part to the songs that make up the record’s body. They will be discussed shortly. The companion booklet that comes with the album’s physical copy also plays an important part in making the album so impressive. It will be discussed later. The album’s production and sequencing collectively round out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own way, as will be pointed out through this review. All things considered, they make it a must have for Hendrix fans of all ages and one of this year’s best new overall albums.

Both Sides of the Sky, the latest Jimi Hendrix compilation record from Experience Hendrix, LLC and Legacy Recordings, is one of this year’s top new overall albums and a must have for Hendrix fans of all ages, hands down. That statement is proven in part through the songs that make up the body of this new compilation. As has been noted already so many times, the songs featured in this record were crafted at the height of Hendrix’s career. Given, not all of the songs featured here are his — the record’s opener is a Muddy Waters cover and ‘The Things I Used To Do’ pays homage to blues legend Guitar Slim. It also features Johnny Winter alongside Hendrix. There is even a take of Joni Mitchell’s hit single ‘Woodstock’ featuring none other than Stephen Stills (of CSNY fame) alongside Hendrix and company — but each of the songs still stands firmly on its own merits. One of the best of the featured songs is the extended take ‘Hear My Train A’ Comin’.’ This bluesy, down-tempo, fuzz-filled composition expertly puts on display Hendrix’s rock chops right alongside his blues talents alongside those of drummer Mitch Mitchell, who just as expertly keeps the song moving forward even with all of his fills, and bassist Noel Redding (the other 2/3 of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience). The overall impact of the trio’s combined talents serves to — as is noted in the album’s liner notes (which again will be discussed later) — push “blues far beyond any parameters its founders had ever imagined.”

‘$20 Fine’ is another of the featured songs that serves to show why the music in this record is so important to its presentation. This laid back arrangement, complete with organ and vocals from Stephen Stills is completely unlike anything else that Hendrix had recorded in his career. That’s because it wasn’t the standard blues-based rock arrangement or even straight up blues arrangement for which he had become known. Rather, it was more along the lines of works from CSNY, The Doobie Brothers and others of that ilk. What’s really impressive here is that even being such a departure for Hendrix, he still pulls off his line with full expertise. When the fuzz of his guitar line couples with Stills’ vocals, the organ and the song’s other elements, the end result is one of the album’s most standout moments.

In the same vein as ‘$20 Fine,’ ‘Woodstock’ is another departure for Hendrix in this collection. Unlike that composition, the organ takes center stage this time, laying the foundation for the arrangement. Buddy Miles’ work on the kit solidly builds on that foundation while Stills’ vocal delivery puts the finishing touch to its presentation. Even more impressive is that while it is more of a roots rock-based arrangement — again like ‘$20 Fine’ — it doesn’t just re-has that song’s arrangement. Instead it boasts its own arrangement that is just as enjoyable as that of the prior song and even the rest of the album’s entries. What’s really interesting here is that considering the time at which this song was crafted, its arrangement leaves one wondering if maybe Hendrix didn’t play at least some influence in the development of Deep Purple’s sound. Yes, this critic just aligned Jimi Hendrix with Deep Purple. Those familiar with their music history will hear the comparison, too. Odds are there likely isnt’ a connection, but one can’t deny the similarity between the latter’s work to the prior, regardless. That in itself shows even more the importance of this song to this record’s whole. When it is joined with the rest of the songs not noted here, the end result there is proof positive of why the album’s songs are key to the album’s presentation. They are not the album’s only collectively important element. The record’s companion booklet is just as important to its whole as its songs.

The companion booklet that comes with Both Sides of the Sky is critical to its overall presentation in that it provides audiences with so much valuable and interesting back story on the songs in question first and foremost. Right off the top, audiences learn through the booklet’s provided information that the recording of ‘Mannish Boy’ marked the very first recording session for the group that would eventually go on to be called Band of Gypsys. Each song’s personnel is listed in the back of the booklet — yet another positive to the booklet, proving again why the physical object is better than the digital — allowing listeners to learn that the group in question consisted of Hendrix, Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. Another interesting piece of information provided in the album’s companion booklet is the revelation that ‘Lover Man’ featured a tribute to the original 1966 Batman series. It’s a tribute that otherwise might not have even been realized, even with the riff, without this note. The liner notes also reveal that ‘Send My Love to Linda’ was never completed, so the version presented here is an edit of sorts that was done to “complete” it. What’s more listeners also learn in this discussion that just as with ‘Send My Love to Linda,’ much of Hendrix’s creative work was done in studio rather than outside. As if all of this is not enough, listeners are also treated to an in-depth back story on ‘Power of Soul’ that includes note of its creation starting with Hendrix hearing Cox playing a bass line from a song called ‘Mary Ann,’ which was made famous by Ray Charles. The take featured here, the notes state, was just one of a handful of takes recorded for the song. Audiences learn that the masters for an abridged take of the song were lost and have never been found. That shortened version, audiences learn, was included in the rare 1974 Hendrix record Crash Landing. This in-depth back story is just one more example of what makes this album’s companion booklet so critical to the album’s whole. When it is joined with the rest of the stories presented in the booklet, including the revelation that until now ‘Georgia Blues’ — which was part of the soundtrack to PBS’ documentary Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues — has never been commercially available, the whole of the stories makes the booklet its own entertaining presentation. When it is coupled with the songs, that pairing shows even more clearly why this record is so impressive. Even with that in mind, there is still at least one more element to discuss that makes the album so enjoyable. That element is the record’s collective production and sequencing.

The collective production and sequencing presented throughout Both Sides of the Sky are pivotal to its presentation because without the time, thought and effort put into these elements, the booklet and songs themselves would be worthless. Luckily, the team of John McDermott (who also crafted the booklet’s liner notes), Hendrix’s sister and not least of all Hendrix’s longtime producer Eddie Kramer, didn’t allow that to happen. It was thanks to their tireless efforts that each song was expertly re-mastered prior to being presented. Every riff, every word and every note is clearly represented in every single song. At no point does one part overpower the others. In other words, each song is expertly balanced, giving listeners the full experience. Staying on that note the effect of that time and effort is heightened even more through the record’s sequencing. Thanks to the time and thought put into the album’s sequencing, the energy that is exhibited through that expert production never wavers. That is the case even in the slower, full-on blues arrangements. Even as they are slower in tempo, the power in their arrangements still maintains the energy exhibited in the album’s other songs. Keeping this in mind, the whole of the album’s production and sequencing goes a long way in itself toward making this record enjoyable. When it is considered alongside the record’s songs and stories, the whole of those elements shows without doubt why Both Sides of the Sky is a must have for Hendrix fans and true music lovers alike and why it is unquestionably one of this year’s top new overall albums.

Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recording’s latest Jimi Hendrix compilation Both Sides of the Sky is a wonderful must have for Hendrix fans and true music lovers alike. What’s more, it is one of this year’s top new overall albums. These statements are supported in part through the album’s featured songs. They give listeners something familiar and also something not so familiar, showing the reach of Hendrix’s talents. The stories provided by John McDermott — who co-produced the album with Hendrix’s longtime producer Eddie Kramer and Hendrix’s sister Janie — add even more interest and depth to the record. That is because they make the record’s companion booklet its own entertaining element. The collective production and sequencing used here put the finishing touch to the album’s presentation. Each element is important, as has been noted in this review. All things considered, they make Both Sides of the Sky another solid Hendrix offering from Experience Hendrix, LLC and Legacy Recordings, one that is, once more, one of this year’s top new overall albums. more information on Both Sides of the Sky is available online now along with all of the latest Hendrix news at:

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NPR Streaming ‘Both Sides Of The Sky’ In Whole

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Next Friday, March 9, Experience Hendrix, LLC and Legacy Recordings will release the next collection of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix songs, Both Sides of the Sky in stores and online.  In anticipation of its release, National Public Radio is streaming the album in whole online now.

The 13-song album is streaming via NPR’s First Listen.  It is the finale of the companies’ current trilogy of what are considered some of Hendrix’s most significant, previously unissued work.  The trilogy’s other two albums are the previously released Valleys of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angels (2013), both of which reached the top 5 of Billboard’s Top 100 chart.

The songs featured in Both Sides of the Sky were recorded between 1968 and 1970, and feature guest appearances by the likes of Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and Lonnie Youngblood.  Jimi’s longtime producer Eddie Kramer co-produced the record alongside Jimi’s sister Janie and friend John McDermott.

Both Sides of the Sky‘s track listing is noted below. Pre-orders are open now.

Both Sides of the Sky tracklist:

1)    Mannish Boy*

2)    Lover Man*

3)    Hear My Train A Comin’*

4)    Stepping Stone*

5)    $20 Fine*+

6)    Power Of Soul^

7)    Jungle*

8)    Things I Used to Do#

9)    Georgia Blues++

10)  Sweet Angel*

11)  Woodstock*+

12)  Send My Love To Linda*

13)  Cherokee Mist*

*Previously unreleased

^ Previously unavailable extended version

+Featuring Stephen Stills

#Featuring Johnny Winter

++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood

Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

More information on Both Sides of the Sky is available online now along with all of the latest Hendrix news at:

 

Website: http://www.jimihendrix.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JimiHendrix

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JimiHendrix

 

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Experience Hendrix LLC, Legacy Recordings Partner For Another New Hendrix Collection

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Mark your calendars, Jimi Hendrix fans. A new Hendrix album is coming in the new year.

Experience Hendrix, LLC and Legacy Recordings — the catalog division of Sony Music — will release a brand new collection of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix songs in the new year titled Both Sides of the Sky. Currently set for release on Friday, March 9, the album completes a trilogy that started with Valleys of Neptune (2010) and continued with People, Hell and Angels (2013).

The new, forthcoming 13-song album includes 10 previously unreleasd Hendrix compilation. The songs overall were crafted between 1968 and 1970. The record will be available on CD, digital and limited, numbered 2 LP platform. It includes a preciously unreleased take on Muddy Waters’ classic hit ‘Mannish Boy’ as well as ‘$20 Fine,’ a piece that also featured work from Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and ‘Georgia Blues,’ which features Lonnie Youngblood — with whom Hendrix worked during his days with Curtis Knight & The Squires –along with 10 other equally interesting songs. The record’s full track listing is noted below.

Both Sides of the Sky tracklist:

1)    Mannish Boy*

2)    Lover Man*

3)    Hear My Train A Comin’*

4)    Stepping Stone*

5)    $20 Fine*+

6)    Power Of Soul^

7)    Jungle*

8)    Things I Used to Do#

9)    Georgia Blues++

10)  Sweet Angel*

11)  Woodstock*+

12)  Send My Love To Linda*

13)  Cherokee Mist*

*Previously unreleased

^ Previously unavailable extended version

+Featuring Stephen Stills

#Featuring Johnny Winter

++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood

Pre-orders are open now here.

Both Sides of the Sky is a significant release because it presents Hendrix’s abilities and talents with studio production and his increased use of that resource. Jimi’s sister Janie Hendrix — who is also Presdent and CEO of Experience Hendrix, LLC — produced this new album alongside John McDermott and Eddie Kramer. Kramer engineered every one of Hendrix’s albums during his life. The trio also has also teamed for every Hendrix audio and visual recording 1996 in order to maintain the high quality come to be expected in each release.

Janie Hendrix said in a recent interview that presenting only the best product possible has been the company’s goal from day one.

“We have a growing commitment to preserve the legacy of Jimi and also to cotninue to give the worldwide family of Jimi fans quality releases,” Hendrix said. “That’s what Both Sides of the Sky reflects…our growing 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 of 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.”

Kramer echoed that sentiment.

“Jimi’s true home was the studio,” Kramer said. “That’s where the music and the magic happened. 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.”

More information on Both Sides of the Sky is available online now along with all of the latest Hendrix news at:

Website: http://www.jimihendrix.com

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Jimi Hendrix Park To Officially Open Saturday In Seattle

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The city of Seattle, Washington will hold a very special event this weekend to pay tribute to a music legend.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park for the official opening of the Jimi Hendrix Park Saturday.  The event is free to the public and will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Construction of the 2.5-acre park, which sits just adjacent to the Northwest African-American Museum in Seattle’s central district, cost $2.2 million.

The park features a variety of items paying tribute to Hendrix and his legacy including a grand entrance and stairway highlighted by Hendrix’s signature at the corner of Massachusetts and 25th Avenue South as well as a walkway taking visitors toward the central plaza that presents a time line of Hendrix’s life and career.  Lyrics from Hendrix’s songs ‘Little Wing’ and ‘Angel’ are etched into a purple ribbon along the timeline.

This is just a glimpse of what the new park will offer.  Four rain gardens and a butterfly garden laden with flowering shrubs also fill the park along with numerous trees, an informational kiosk and bicycle racks.

Jimi’s sister Janie L. Hendrix will join city officials for a brief program and ribbon cutting Saturday at noon to officially open the park.  A number of performers will help celebrate the opening including School of Rock, Henry Cooper, Peace & Red Velvet and many others.  Food trucks, an instrument “petting zoo,” chalk art contest and various youth activities will give families plenty to eat, see and do throughout the afternoon.

Funding for the park’s construction was provided in part by the following donors:

  • Hard Rock International
  • KISW Radio
  • Janie L. Hendrix
  • King Conservation District
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Fender Musical Instruments Company
  • Experience Hendrix L.L.C.
  • Authentic Hendrix LLC
  • Monterey International Pop Festival
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable Fund
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Neighborhood Park & Street Fund

 

More information on the Jimi Hendrix Park is available online now along with all of the latest news from Experience Hendrix at http://www.jimihendrix.com/experience-hendrix-llc.

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Court Hands Experience Hendrix, LLC Another Victory In Latest Trademark Case

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Courtesy: Experience Hendrix, LLC

There is a new development in the court battle between Experience Hendrix, LLC and Tiger Paw Distributors.

A court order handed down late last month an injunction that prevents Tiger Paw Distributors from:

 

  1. Using the word “Jimi” in the names of its websites, social media profiles, and other online profiles.
  2. Making, selling, distributing, or promoting any bottle of its Purple Haze Liqueur that uses the web address http://www.jimipurplehaze.com printed clearly on the label
  3. Displaying the trademark Jimi Hendrix signature on any of its labeling or marketing materials.

 

The newly ordered injunction is just the latest development in the case.  The case was first opened earlier this year when Experience Hendrix, LLC filed suit in a Georgia Federal Court, charging that Tiger Paw Distributors, its president Joe Wallace, its partner Leon Hendrix, and others had used trademarks owned by Experience Hendrix, LLC without the company’s permission in order to promote its Purple Haze Liqueur.  It is a drink made up of vodka, cognac, and other elements.  The trademarks in question included the use of the name “jimi,” the Jimi Hendrix trademark signature, and the jimipurple haze.com web address.

Experience Hendrix, LLC’s case against Tiger Paw Distributors is not the first time that the company has faced a court battle over the use of its trademarks.  In 2007 it took Electric Hendrix, LLC—formed by Leon Hendrix and others—to court over for trademark infringement and other “unlawful acts” in its efforts to sell its Jimi Hendrix Electric Vodka.  The Washington Federal Court overseeing the case found in favor of Experience Hendrix, LLC in that case, ordering that all bottles of Jimi Hendrix Electric Vodka be removed from store shelves across the country.  The order was a permanent injunction against Electric Hendrix, LLC, ensuring that it would never be able to sell its alcoholic beverage again.

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