The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes Jimi Hendrix as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.” The late American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter is known as the sensi and GOAT when it comes to playing the guitar. Until this day, many guitar players study his ways on YouTube in hopes to be nearly as great. His contributions to rock and pop music have made him one of the most celebrated musicians of all time.
Earlier this month, fans were blessed with a brand new album filled with unreleased music from Hendrix. The album is entitled, Both Sides of the Sky and it is the final volume to a three-part compilation which includes Valleys of Neptune and People, Hell and Angels.
Both Sides of the Sky highlights changes in Hendrix’s working life where he played with different configurations of musicians between 1968 and 1970. The album is filled with fun and light records that will leave you thinking about how much fun Hendrix had to be having at the time of the recording. He samples the Batman theme song and other unorthodox sounds.
“Imagine Jimi doing a take and when everything falls apart, he’d start playing the Batman or Peter Gunn theme without missing a beat. He’d do something really silly and stupid and everybody would be cracking up. He wanted to keep it light. He’d also do it to change it up a bit and inevitably those lines would work themselves into songs, and that’s Jimi’s sly humor.” – Eddie Kramer (Jimi’ Hendrix’s engineer)
The album features Hendrix’s collaborations with Johnny Winter, Lonnie Youngblood, and Stephen Stills. Stephen Stills said, “He was just the gentlest guy. Watching him play was like watching the greatest athlete you ever saw, like Julius Irving or Muhammad Ali. It was unbelievable. He taught me to quit thinking and let it happen.”
The songs on this album are alternate takes of songs Hendrix fans may already be familiar with, but they provide a new perspective into his musical process.