Jimi Hendrix has yet another posthumous release , Both Sides Of The Sky (his 12th such studio album). This collection is dominated by studio cuts by The Band Of Gypsys, defined by the presence of Buddy Miles on drums. Buddy was a powerful, foot-to-floor, rock drummer. Mitch Mitchell, of The Experience, relied more on flexibility and feel. Buddy’s drumming drew a discipline from Jimi that restricted his natural firework displays somewhat but, definitely, made for a different sound.
Both Sides Of The Sky’s predecessor, People, Hell and Angels, Jimi’s best selling album ever, also features six tracks with Buddy and there are others scattered through his posthumous discography. The only official Band Of Gypsys album is a live one. These latest releases gives an opportunity to the avid Hendrix collector of putting a Band Of Gypsys studio album.
I’m willing to bet the Afterword can have a good stab at it. I’ll start with Jimi’s last single during his lifetime, Stepping Stone. It is a genuine Band Of Gypsys single but later versions were overdubbed, another recording was made with Mitch and additional drums were also added. To obtain Stepping Stone in its original band Of Gypsys glory, you have to buy Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection. The mix on the Kiss The Sky compilation is different but, at least it’s still a Band of Gypsys track with no additions to it.
Sadly, Youtube is lacking and we have to make do with its B side Izabella, which should also feature on the album.
The rules are simple: no Buddy, no way, studio takes only and a time limit of forty minutes. Let’s go!