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7th December 2017

jimi hendrix

Unbelievably, a new Jimi Hendrix album is all set for release on March 9th 2018. It's out through Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and it will be titled 'Both Sides Of The Sky'.

The album will feature thirteen studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970, ten of which have never been released before. 'Both Sides Of The Sky' will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram vinyl double album.

'Both Sides Of The Sky' is the follow-up to 'Valleys Of Neptune' from 2010 and 2013s 'People, Hell And Angels' and this third release of a trilogy of albums that present the best unissued studio recordings remaining in the Hendrix archive completes this most significant recorded series in style.

John McDermott is one of the album's co-producers, together with Janie Hendrix and Eddie Kramer, and commented:

"Since Experience Hendrix began its restoration of the Jimi Hendrix music catalog in 1997, our goal has been to present these important recordings to Jimi's fans in the best possible quality. We are excited about achieving that.

"We've also been intent on generating album releases which present this amazing music in its proper context."

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Many of the album's tracks were recorded by the Band Of Gypsys trio; Jimi on guitar and vocals, Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. Their previously unreleased, uptempo reworking of Muddy Waters' 'Mannish Boy' opens the album and sets the scene for what follows.

A finished master of 'Lover Man' by the same line-up follows after previous attempts by the original Experience had yet to yield this for Jimi.

The original Experience line-up, Jimi with drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, appear on as yet unheard versions of 'Hear My Train A Comin'', 'Stepping Stone', 'Jungle', 'Cherokee Mist' (which features Jimi on both electric guitar and sitar) as well as a January 1968 recording of 'Sweet Angel'.

There is an impressive collection of guest musicians on 'Both Sides Of The Sky' too, including Stephen Stills and Johnny Winter, who plays an intriguing guitar duet with Jimi.

President and CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., Janie Hendrix, commented:

"We have a growing commitment to preserve the legacy of Jimi and also to continue to give the worldwide family of Jimi fans quality releases. That's what 'Both Sides Of The Sky' reflects... our ongoing commitment.

"In a deeper sense, it's the keeping of a promise. Jimi and I once made a promise to each other. He said he would take care of me and I told him I would take care of him. Through his music and our preservation of his work, my brother and I honour one another.

"We are now in our third decade of watching over Jimi's creative works and our resolve to maintain the integrity of what he left us has only grown stronger with time."

Eddie Kramer added:

"Jimi's true home was the studio, that's where the music and the magic happened. He loved everything about recording and it's been my distinct pleasure and an honour to play a part in that process both then and now."

'Both Sides Of The Sky' tracklisting:
01. Mannish Boy*
02. Lover Man*
03. Hear My Train A Comin'*
04. Stepping Stone*
05. $20 Fine*
06. Power Of Soul**
07. Jungle*
08. Things I Used to Do
09. Georgia Blues
10. Sweet Angel*
11. Woodstock*
12. Send My Love To Linda*
13. Cherokee Mist*



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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