Jimi Hendrix: Both Sides of the Sky
Both Sides Of The Sky presents 13 studio recordings including 10 which have never before been released. All but two of these studio recordings were made during a fertile two year period between January 1968 and 1970. Jimi’s mastery of the studio and his increasing use of them as a proving ground for new songs resulted in a growing collection of extraordinary material. Both Sides Of The Sky completes a trilogy of albums [with Valleys Of Neptune and People, Hell & Angels] intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the Hendrix archive. The songs include fascinating alternate versions of “Stepping Stone,” “Lover Man” and “Hear My Train A Comin’” as well as recordings where Jimi is joined by such special guests as Johnny Winter and Stephen Stills. Both Sides Of The Sky was mixed by Eddie Kramer, the engineer for all of Hendrix’s albums throughout the guitarist’s lifetime, and produced by Janie Hendrix, Kramer and John McDermott.
- Mannish Boy – The first ever studio session by the group Hendrix would christen as his Band Of Gypsys. Hendrix, Cox & Miles shared a love for the blues as this driving, uptempo reworking of “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters makes clear.
- Lover Man – Just two weeks before their triumphant New Year’s concerts at the Fillmore East in NYC [yielding both 1970’s Band Of Gypsys and 2016’s sequel Machine Gun], Hendrix gathered with Cox and Miles to cut this dynamic rendition of what had become a favorite concert staple.
- Stepping Stone – A totally unique take on this Hendrix favorite, with Jimi showcasing both blues and country styled licks atop a relentless, galloping beat.
- $20 Fine -Stephen Stills joined Jimi, Mitch Mitchell and Buddy Miles Express keyboardist Duane Hitchings at this September 1969 session. With Stephen handling lead vocals and organ, Jimi added multiple guitar parts to this rollicking Stills original.
- Power Of Soul – This 1970 studio session came three weeks after the Band Of Gypsys concerts at the Fillmore East. While a live version remains one of the highpoints of Band Of Gypsys, Jimi never released a studio version during his lifetime. For this album, we present the mix that Hendrix and Kramer prepared of the complete song at Electric Lady on August 22, 1970.
- Jungle – The influence of Curtis Mayfield can be heard here as Jimi expands on the “Villanova Junction Blues” theme he made famous by its inclusion in the 1970 Woodstock documentary.
- Things I Used To Do – Jimi is joined for this rendition of Guitar Slim’s blues classic by Johnny Winter. Jimi’s trademark guitar work and Winter’s deft slide playing weaves in and around the foundation set by bassist Billy Cox and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young drummer Dallas Taylor.
- Georgia Blues – Jimi reunited with some old friends from his pre-Experience days. Lonnie Youngblood, with whom Hendrix played in R&B groups like Curtis Knight & The Squires, voiced this superb twelve bar blues neatly underpinned by Hendrix’s sublime rhythm and lead guitar work.
- Sweet Angel – With Axis: Bold As Love only just released, Jimi immediately turned his focus to recording what would become Electric Ladyland. This gorgeous, instrumental reading of “Angel,”, features Jimi on guitar, bass and vibraphone joined by Mitch Mitchell.
- Woodstock – Stephen Stills came to this session fresh from having visited Joni Mitchell, who had a new song that Stills was excited to try and record. Long before CSNY’s version, Stephen, Jimi and Buddy Miles recorded this amazing rendition.
- Send My Love To Linda – A superb new Hendrix original composition recorded with Cox and Miles in the aftermath of their successful Band Of Gypsys performances at the Fillmore East.
- Cherokee Mist – Together with drummer Mitch Mitchell, Jimi created this moody, evocative original complete with his playing of a sitar to complement his traditional electric guitar.
David Byrne: American Utopia
from the veteran singer/songwriter and former Talking Heads frontman. American Utopia fits hand-in-hand with Byrne’s vision for his series Reasons To Be Cheerful, named for the song by the late Ian Dury. Over the last year, Byrne has been collecting stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism, such as a tech breakthrough, a musical act, a new idea in urban planning or transportation-something seen, heard, or tasted. Just as the album questions the current state of society while offering solace through song, the content of the series recognizes the darkness and complexity of today while showcasing alternatives to the despair that threatens us. – While David Byrne has collaborated on joint releases with Eno, Norman Cook (AKA Fatboy Slim), and most recently St. Vincent over the past decade, American Utopia is Byrne’s first solo album since, 2004’s Grown Backwards, also on Nonesuch. American Utopia morphed during the writing and recording process, beginning with longtime collaborator Eno, and eventually growing to include collaboration with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha, Savages) alongside a diverse cast of creative contributors including Daniel Lopatin (AKA Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (St. Vincent producer, AKA Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others. The album was recorded in New York City at David’s home studio, Reservoir Studios, Oscilloscope, XL Studios, and Crowdspacer Studio and in London at Livingston Studio 1.
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats: Tearing At The Seams
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats make their long-awaited return with Tearing At The Seams, a staggering album of rock ‘n’ soul music. Propelled by driving rhythms, blazing hornplay, and Rateliff’s rowdy, soul drenched vocals, Tearing At The Seams’ 12 tracks crackle with emotion and intensity. From anguished sorrow to ecstatic heights, Rateliff’s expressive tenor is unvarnished on the record’s tender R&B ballads and nitro-fueled rave-ups. Features “Be There,” “A Little Honey,” “Say It Louder,” “Hey Mama,” “Babe I Know,” “You Worry Me,” the title track and more. Nathaniel Rateliff is a singer and songwriter based in Denver, whose influences are described as folk, Americana and vintage rhythm & blues.
Brad Mehldau: After Bach
After Bach comprises Brad Mehldau’s recordings of four preludes and one fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, each followed by an After Bach piece written by Mehldau and inspired by it’s WTC mate. “There have always been elements of Mehldau’s style that recall Bach,” writes Timo Andres in the liner note. “After Bach surveys their shared ground as keyboardists, improvisers, and composers, making implicit parallels explicit.”
Judas Priest: Firepower
the 18th album from the legendary British heavy metal band. Firepower is something these heavy-metal pioneers have never lacked-and they sound as explosive as ever on this studio album. Guitarist Glenn Tipton and bassist Ian Hill have been with Rob Halford since ’74; they’re joined by second guitarist Richie Faulkner and drummer Scott Travis here plus producer Tom Allom (who helmed all of the band’s 1979-88 releases). Grammy-winning producer Andy Sneap joined that team for this recording, bringing a modern flair to Tom’s throwback metal approach. The songs are vintage Priest, and the band recorded ’em the old way, just getting in a room together and blasting through “Firepower,” “Lightning Strike,” “Evil Never Dies,” “Necromancer,” “Flame Thrower” and more.
The Breeders: All Nerve
The Breeders announce their return to 4AD with the infectious album All Nerve, the first music to be released by the classic lineup behind the iconic album, Last Splash. “A blurt of jolting joy” – NPR. “A classic Breeders bruiser, packed with punchy drums, sugar-rush power chords and lead riffs” – Rolling Stone “Wait in the Car” runs through all the hallmarks of a classic Breeders song: layered harmonies that manage to sound both euphoric and weary, vacillating between power chords, and a sneering Kim mandate. Though it has been 24 years since these last four recorded together, “Wait in the Car” effortlessly brushes away time”
Jackie DeShannon: Stone Cold Soul–the Complete Capitol Recordings
Stone Cold Soul-The Complete Capitol Recordings Presents All 25 Sides DeShannon Recorded for Capitol, Including the Songs Album and All of Her Memphis Material Featuring Five Previously Unreleased Tracks. Songs Featured Covers of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” (Retitled “Lay, Baby, Lay”) and Hoyt Axton’s “Ease Your Pain” Plus a Shimmering Trio of DeShannon Originals: “Salinas,” “Bad Water,” and a Remake of “West Virginia Mine.”
Joan Baez: Whistle Down The Wind
Produced by Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint and many others) Whistle Down The Wind features songs by Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eliza Gilkyson and others. Joan Baez remains one of the most celebrated and influential artists of her generation. Her impact on successive generations of singer/songwriters and female artists in particular is wide-reaching and crosses all genres and boundaries. Fellow artists from Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt to Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls cite her as a primary influence on their own careers. A new studio album from Baez is an event that will be celebrated by the media.
Keith Jarrett: After The Fall
“After The Fall” [2 CD] The group colloquially known as “the Standards trio” has made many outstanding recordings, and this album must rank with the very best of them. In his liner note Keith Jarrett writes “For me, it’s not only a historical document, but a truly great concert.” The concert, recorded in November 1998, marked Jarrett’s return to the stage after a two year hiatus. Joined by improvising partners Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, he glides and soars through classics of the Great American Songbook. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette.
Lucius: Nudes, a collection of acoustic recordings. The band’s Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig currently sing backup for Roger Waters on the Pink Floyd bassist’s still-ongoing Us + Them Tour. They recorded the 10-track album during gaps in Waters’ tour.
Lucius’ new album features covers of Tame Impala’s “Eventually,” Gerry Rafferty’s Right Down the Line” and the Lead Belly-popularized “Goodnight Irene,” featuring Roger Waters. Additionally, Wilco’s Nels Cline contributes to the original song “Million Dollar Secret.” The Brooklyn band also unveiled Nudes‘ smokey, folk-pop first single, “Neighbors”. “Amidst nearly every performance over the past few years, we’ve had the opportunity to strip away everything – be it at the center of the crowd, or on stage around one microphone, or in tiny, unexpected rooms around the world – all to share and create an intimate, heartfelt connection with our audience,” Wolfe and Laessig said of their new album in a statement.
“It’s these moments that have inspired our newest project, Nudes. Recorded over two days at New York’s legendary Electric Lady Studios, Nudes is a collection of acoustic songs: new, from our back catalog – reimagined, and covers we’ve always wanted to record. It is a record giving homage to what has been … and a hint at what’s to come.”
The singers will rejoin Waters in February for the Australian leg of the Us + Them tour, after which Lucius will embark on their own North American trek throughout March before Waters’ jaunt heads to Europe in April.
Moby: Everything Was Beautiful & Nothing Hurt
Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt is the 15th studio album by electronica musician Moby. The title of the album is a reference to Billy Pilgrim’s epitaph in Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Featuring LA-based soulstress Raquel Rodriguez, the album’s first single “Like a Motherless Child” is a re-work of the well-known spiritual with origins in the slavery of the American South. The album is a glowing tapestry exploring spirituality, individuality and the brokenness of humanity and finds Moby returning to his orchestral, soul, trip-hop and gospel roots.
Sue Foley: Ice Queen
Sue Foley is a multi-award-winning musician and one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. She is a veritable triple-threat of musical talent as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. The Ice Queen features a trio of legendary Texas guitarslingers, Jimmie Vaughan, Z. Z. Top’s Billy F Gibbons and Charlie Sexton, as well as a host of other Lone Star State all-stars. Foley holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards in Canada and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the Blues Music Awards from The Blues Foundation.
Titus Andronicus: Productive Cough
Since debuting in 2008, Titus Andronicus has been conditioning faithful listeners to always expect only the unexpected, consistently zigging where others would zag and maintaining a steadfast dedication to fearless ambition. With the release of the new studio album A Productive Cough, the group has executed the most shocking departure yet – but only if, as ever mercurial singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles insists, “you haven’t been paying attention.” In a move that may infuriate the black-denim-and-PBR set, A Productive Cough finds Titus Andronicus setting aside the leadfooted punk anthems of yesteryear in favor of a subtler, more spacious approach that pushes Stickles’ soul-baring songwriting to the fore, creating a conversational intimacy between artist and audience with which previous Titus Andronicus efforts had only flirted.