Album: Both Sides of the Sky
Release Date: March 9th
Beginning in 1968, Jimi Hendrix spent much of his time in the studio working on a follow-up to Electric Ladyland, but wasn't able to complete it before his death in 1970. Since then, his estate has released a dozen posthumous LPs. The latest, Both Sides of the Sky, may be the last word in Hendrix's studio recordings, as it contains the best of what's left in the Hendrix family's archives. On a revved-up rendition of "Mannish Boy" he sings along with his lead guitar; on "Lover Man" he leads his band on a diversion into the Batman theme; and on a previously unreleased version of "Stepping Stone" he adds some country swagger. The album also contains collaborative recordings Hendrix made with Johnny Winter, Lonnie Youngblood and Stephen Stills – with the latter, Hendrix plays bass on an upbeat cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock," recorded before CSNY's version. "Watching him play was like watching the greatest athlete you ever saw, like Julius Irving or Muhammad Ali," Stills tells Rolling Stone. "It was unbelievable. He taught me to quit thinking and let it happen."