‘IT’S AN AMAZ­ING THING’

New Hen­drix ma­te­rial to hit the shelves in March

Ottawa Citizen - - YOU - MESFIN FEKADU

Un­re­leased songs recorded NEW YORK by Jimi Hen­drix be­tween 1968 and 1970 will be re­leased next year. Ex­pe­ri­ence Hen­drix and Legacy Record­ings an­nounced Wed­nes­day that they will re­lease Hen­drix’s Both Sides of the Sky on March 9, 2018. The 13-track al­bum in­cludes 10 songs that have never been re­leased.

Hen­drix died in 1970 at age 27. The new al­bum is the third vol­ume in a tril­ogy from the gui­tar hero’s archive. Val­leys of Nep­tune was re­leased in 2010, fol­lowed by Peo­ple, Hell and An­gels, re­leased in 2013.

Ed­die Kramer, who worked as record­ing en­gi­neer on ev­ery Hen­drix al­bum made dur­ing the artist’s life, said in an in­ter­view that 1969 was “a very ex­per­i­men­tal year” for Hen­drix, and that he was blown away as he worked on the new al­bum.

“The first thing is you put the tape on and you lis­ten to it and the hairs just stand up right on the back of your neck and you go, ‘Oh my God. This is too (ex­ple­tive) in­cred­i­ble,” said Kramer. “It’s an in­cred­i­ble thing. Forty, 50 years later here we are and I’m lis­ten­ing to these tapes go­ing, ‘Oh my God, that’s an amaz­ing per­for­mance.’ “

Many of the tracks were recorded by Band of Gyp­sys, Hen­drix’s trio with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox. Stephen Stills ap­pears on two songs: $20 Fine and Wood­stock.

“It sounds like Crosby, Stills & Nash ex­cept it’s on acid, you know,” Kramer, laugh­ing, said of $20 Fine.

“Jimi is just rock­ing it,” he added. “It’s an amaz­ing thing.”

Johnny Win­ter ap­pears on Things I Used to Do; orig­i­nal Jimi Hen­drix Ex­pe­ri­ence mem­bers Mitch Mitchell and Noel Red­ding are fea­tured on Hear My Train A Comin’; and Lon­nie Young­blood is on Ge­or­gia Blues.

Kramer pro­duced the al­bum along­side John McDer­mott and Janie Hen­drix, the le­gend’s sis­ter and pres­i­dent of Ex­pe­ri­ence Hen­drix.

Kramer said though Both Sides of the Sky is the last of the tril­ogy, some­one could find new Hen­drix mu­sic in an attic or a base­ment, which could be re-worked. He also said they have live footage of Hen­drix, some just au­dio and some in video, which they plan to re­lease.

“It was amaz­ing just to watch him in the stu­dio or live. The brain kicks off the thought process — it goes through his brain through his heart and through his hands and onto the gui­tar, and it’s a seam­less process,” Kramer said.

“It’s like a lead gui­tar and a rhythm gui­tar at the same time, and it’s scary. There’s never been an­other Jimi Hen­drix, at least in my mind.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS/FILES

Jimi Hen­drix gives “an amaz­ing per­for­mance” on Both Sides of the Sky, says pro­ducer Ed­die Kramer.

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