From Both Sides of the Sky
Jimi Hendrix has only been dead for 47 years, so naturally he’s just released a new album of (mostly) unreleased material. Or rather, the custodians of the late rock god’s estate continue to dig through the closets full of tapes he left behind in Electric Ladyland Studios.
From Both Sides Of The Sky is by no means an essential addition to the catalogue of the inimitable guitarist and underrated singer and songwriter. But it is a worth-hearing document that’s of interest to both obsessive and casual fans, in part because of its patchwork odds-and-sods approach.
It’s rewarding to hear Hendrix cut loose on the blues, with Muddy Waters‘ Mannish Boy and Guitar Slim’s Things I Used To Do. He also plays a little sitar on Cherokee Mist, and settles in as axe-man only as he hands lead vocal duty off to Stephen Stills on $20 Fine and Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock and to sax man Lonnie Youngblood on Georgia Blues. — Tribune News Service