Clips & Pix: Jimi Hendrix/Mannish Boy

The above version of Mannish Boy is from an upcoming Jimi Hendrix album called Both Sides Of The Sky, which will appear on March 9. I love the uptempo and funky take of the blues classic credited to Muddy Waters, Mel London and Bo Diddley.

The cool thing is Both Sides Of The Sky is not some ordinary sampler but a compilation of previously unreleased material from Hendrix’s vaults. According to a Rolling Stone story, since the mid-nineties, Hendrix’s key recording engineer Eddie Kramer has worked with the guitar wizard’s estate to unearth previously unreleased tracks.

In addition to Mannish Boy, the 13 studio tracks Hendrix recorded between 1968 and 1970 include intriguing collaborations with Johnny Winter, Stephen Stills and Lonnie Youngblood. This album is the third and last in a trilogy of such unearthed gems. The previous two are Valleys Of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angeles (2013).

Based on how great Mannish Boy sounds, it appears Kramer who was a recording engineer for every Jimi Hendrix album during the guitarist’s lifetime did an outstanding job. He co-produced the new record with John McDermott and Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister who also heads Experience Hendrix, the company that manages the estate. Looking forward to that one!

Sources: Rolling Stone, Jimi Hendrix website, YouTube

12 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Jimi Hendrix/Mannish Boy”

  1. Funny I just commented on this on another blogger’s site, thinking it was yours. I said this – I’m as big a Hendrix fan as anybody. But he’s been gone for almost 50 years. How the hell much more can they possibly have?

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    1. It’s kind of amazing how prolific Hendrix was during his short recording career! A more cynical possibility is that the gradual unveiling of the vault is done on purpose to generate a more steady revenue stream for the Hendrix estate!

      In any case, I think this cover of “Mannish Boy” is pretty cool!

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      1. Speaking of the blues, are you familiar with “Living Proof,” a 2010 album from Buddy Guy? Prompted by hotfox63, who blogged about it yesterday, I’ve been listening to that record – it’s so good, not only Guy’s guitar playing, but also his soulful singing! If you haven’t listened to the album or haven’t done so in a while, give a spin. I think you are going to love it as well.

        Buddy Guy is scheduled to play the B.B. King Club in New York City in April. While I already saw him about 1.5 years ago, I’m seriously contemplating to get a ticket, though it’s not exactly cheap.

        This now 81-year-old is just such a powerful inspiration and, if you think about it, the last man standing of the old electric blues guard.

        Damn, I know I’m going to regret this, if I don’t do it!

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      2. Yeah, I do know that album. He played some tunes from it when we saw him. Hell, I’d go if I were you. I always suggest you go to these shows as I have no problem spending your money. 🙂

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      3. Which gives me another idea for a blues lyric:

        Spent all my money/On good ole Buddy Guy/Yeah, I spent all my money/On the great Buddy Guy/When I woke up this mornin’/My woman told me bye bye!

        OK, that’s all I’m capable of at freakin’ 7:30 AM in the morning!

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      4. I’m sure she’s not. However, in the off-chance that were true, your go-to move is to grab your old, beat up guitar, a fifth of Jack Daniels and a long-legged woman. That cures everything. 🙂

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  2. I listened and yea it’s good but frankly, doesn’t really sound, to me anyway, much different than a million things I’ve heard him do before. I’ll listen to the album when it comes out but I’m not really expecting anything groundbreaking or that we haven’t heard. I guess, though, with someone as iconic as Jimi, the issue isn’t whether it’s great, the thing is that it exists at all.

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    1. I suppose that’s fair and probably at least part of the reason why Hendrix didn’t release this material at the time he recorded it. Plus, having released so many kick-ass tunes, the bar is certainly very high!

      I will certainly keep the album on my radar screen as well. I’m particularly curious about the collaborations with Johnny Winter and Stephen Stills!

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