James Marshall Hendrix exited this mortal coil nearly 50 years ago, but his musical legacy lives on with fans old and new, the more zealous of them hanging out for gems like these.

Both Sides Of The Sky delves deep into the treasure trove that Jimi's loyal engineer Eddie Kramer has been minder of. It's supposedly the final compilation of material from the period 1968 through 1970.

Hendrix's affinity with the blues he would've heard as a young man is represented by Muddy Waters classic Mannish Boy, Guitar Slim's The Things I Used to Do, along with two stunning blues tunes of his own, Hear My Train Acomin' and Georgia Blues, a song recorded in the 1920s by Ethel Waters, and in this version Jimi and saxophonist Johnny Youngblood.

Elsewhere among the 13 tracks on Both Sides Of The Sky there are fascinating alternate takes of Jimi Hendrix records, like Stepping Stone, and collaborations with Stephen Stills and Johnny Winter.

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Then there's the album's finale Cherokee Mist, with Jimi switching between sitar and guitar with a sound that only he could create.

There's a feeling of freshness rather than a cobbling together of Hendrix's off takes from the vault.

Both Sides Of The Sky is a seriously good Jimi Hendrix release.


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Both Sides of the Sky