By Andrew Ayala
“Both Sides of the Sky” is the newest album by the late and great Jimi Hendrix and it doesn’t disappoint one bit.
Despite his death being over 40 years ago, new music is introduced and released to the public by the record label Legacy Recordings and the music festival Experience Hendrix.
The album includes 10 unheard studio recordings and gives the audience a better understanding of how Hendrix handled his music and how he made progression with every studio session.
This is the third part to a vault clearing series of albums, which include “Both Sides of the Neptune” and “People, Hell and Angels.”
Both are pieces of art in their own way, but “Both Sides of the Sky” definitely gives listeners that classic Hendrix vibe that is loved and missed.
Starting off the album with a funky-rock revamp of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy,” listeners can hear Hendrix is visiting his deep blues roots and creating a style of his own.
“Lover Man” takes listeners back to the ’70s with beautiful guitar riffs and drums to match the pace and feel of the song.
Some heavily influenced blues songs include “Hear my Train a Comin” which has a message deeper than most on this album.
In the song Hendrix is speaking of salvation and the intricate sounds from the guitar solo add to the blues vibe that is installed from the beginning.
Some of the faster paced songs include “Stepping Stone” and “Woodstock” which change up the sounds and overall tone of the album as a whole.
The upbeat drums and electrifying guitar riffs are only part of the reason why these songs stick out a bit more than some of the rest.
Also Hendrix on bass in “Woodstock” gives the audience more of a reason to pay closer attention to the detail.
The album contains a few songs where the listener won’t hear the distinct voice of Hendrix but instead hear Stephen Stills, or Hendrix’s friend Lonnie Youngblood which is someone he used to play blues with.
Even though Hendrix isn’t singing, listeners can still hear him shred and make wonders with his guitar riff after riff.
In the song “Georgia Blues,” Hendirx’s compliments the sound of Youngblood’s voice since both, the instrument and voice are conveying feelings of pain and suffering.
“$20 Fine” allows listeners to get a better idea of how Hendrix implemented and embedded his blues roots to classic rock just by the sound of his guitar.
Stephen Stills vocals along with the sound of Hendrix’s guitar give a groovy feeling to the song.
“Sweet Angel” gives the audience similar sounds and riffs as a very popular Hendrix song titled “Little Wing” but with more of a personal twist.
This is where fans can see what was meant by improving. Hendrix spent so much time in the studio and on improvement that something as simple as changing a few sounds and the rhythm to a song can make a difference in a positive way.
“Send my Love to Linda” feels like two songs in one since it starts of soft and smooth then suddenly blasts off with a beautiful guitar solo by Hendrix himself.
The audience can hear a two-minute guitar solo as it comes to life riff after riff with the next being more powerful than the previous.
Throughout the album listeners get a sense that Hendrix can not only explain and express himself through vocals but can also use a guitar to paint a picture and convey sounds that can be felt and enjoyed.
“Both Sides of the Sky” is out and available for streaming, and listening pleasure since March 9.