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Album Review

Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides of the Sky

Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides of the Sky

By: TJ Petras

It has been 48 years since the passing of the musician legend, Jimi Hendrix. For those who are not aware of his legacy, Hendrix is regarded by many as the greatest guitarist to ever walk the Earth. In fact, Hendrix is listed as the #1 greatest guitarist of all time on Rolling Stone’s 2015 article, “100 Greatest Guitarist”. To add to his level of talent, Hendrix was also the lead singer for his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix was only 27 years old when he passed away. Yet, he is still regarded as the best at his craft.

As great as Hendrix was, the legendary rockstar was only able to release a few albums while he was still living. This leaves a lot of music fans itching for more of his distorted and groundbreaking guitar solos. “Both Sides of the Sky” is exactly what listeners of either Hendrix or 1970’s psychedelic rock-n-roll fans have been waiting for. The new album, “Both Sides of the Sky” was released March 9th, 2018 and is the third posthumous compilation album. The album followed in the footsteps of the other two compilation albums, “Valley of Neptune” (2010) and “People, Hell & Angels” (2013). Of course, with Hendrix being deceased, this is an album made up of a compilation of songs that were written, recorded and archived away for later release. Hendrix wrote most of the songs on the album but had help from a few other musicians like Muddy Waters and Stephan Stills.

Fans of Hendrix’s work will be pleased to listen to this album. Although the songs are old, it will be a breath of fresh air for listeners. The album consists of 13 new songs, never heard before. It is great to finally hear a real rock album in the year 2018, which is cluttered with the same three note rappers like the Migos and Amy Winehouse rip-off pop singers. This album really has a great classic ‘70s rock vibe to it.

Currently, my favorite songs off this album are “Hear My Train a Comin’”, “Lover Man”, “$20 Fine”, and “Power of Soul”. “Hear My Train a Comin” starts off with a funky guitar solo and is quickly followed by a rhythmic bass line and basic percussion patterns. Hendrix absolutely slays this song during the solo about two to three minutes into this seven minute song. He uses a technique known as ‘pitch bending’ to give off a whammy sound effect. It flows really well with the rest of the solo and with his furious guitar playing, switching from note to note.

“Lover Man” starts off super groovy and is supplemented with Hendrix’s soft voice, about how he just wants to “love you stronger and stronger.” The drummer Mitch Mitchell drums like a mad man to keep up the pace with Hendrix’s crazy guitar playing. The pacing of the song has one of the faster melodies off the album, and is a great jam for flying around in your car on a hot summer day. Towards the end of the song, the track reminds me of a roller coaster ride varying between higher and lower pitches in a very short notice, and is easily the best way to finish such a fantastic piece.

“Power of Soul” as the name says, brings back the power soul music had in the ‘70s. Hendrix uses both a glass slide and a distortion peddle to create a cool ‘wow’ sound effect that catches the ear’s attention immediately. Mitchell supplements this with a use of cowbells and quick snare poundings to keep the melody moving along.

Overall, I felt this album was a great flashback to the 1970’s era of rock-n-roll, which is something we don’t get to experience a lot in our current music industry. Hendrix blows your expectations out of the water with his fantastic guitar solos and distorted and rattling chords he plays. Both the bass lines and the percussion easily keep up with the pace that Hendrix sets and just glues each track together to create a beautiful sound. If you love Jimi Hendrix or plain old classic rock-n-roll you should really check out this album immediately, because it won’t let you down for a second.

Rating: 9/10

Favorite songs: “Hear My Train a Comin’”, “Lover Man”, “$20 Fine”, and “Power of Soul”

WZND Newsroom

May 4th, 2018

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