Ken Davidoff/Authentic Hendrix LLC
Like a lot of other music fans, Joel Brattin was transfixed the first time he heard Jimi Hendrix.
A humanities professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Brattin was an 11-year-old boy when the guitarist’s first album, “Are You Experienced,” was released in 1967, and he’s been a big fan ever since.
Such a fan, in fact, that Brattin, who teaches British literature, has taken students to London to study Shakespeare — and Hendrix. (The London flat where Jimi lived in 1968 has been turned into a museum.) Brattin is also reviewing “Both Sides of the Sky” — the new, much-hyped posthumous Hendrix LP — for UniVibes, an international journal devoted to all things Jimi whose readers are a seriously discerning bunch.
“I’m writing for specialists, which means I’ll be careful,” Brattin says, chuckling.
Due out Friday, “Both Sides of the Sky” features 13 studio recordings cut by Hendrix between 1968 and 1970 — and 10 of them have never been released before. It includes songs recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience — Jimi, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell — and the latter-day Band of Gypsys — Jimi, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles. It also includes cameos and collaborations with Johnny Winter, Lonnie Youngblood, and Stephen Stills, with whom Hendrix plays a pre-“Déjà Vu” version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.”
So what does Brattin think? He likes it.
“I think this record is not the holy grail,” he says. “It’s not the missing piece that will finally explain Jimi to the rest of the world.”
But, Brattin says, the variety of sounds and styles makes it worthwhile for Hendrix fans, so pick it up.
The best produce to eat is the produce you can afford. In other words, purchase and eat as much produce as you can get with your dollar, in whatever form you can get it in.Continue reading »
Each site is about 2½ hours from Boston. We’ve given you easy to intermediate hikes and a range of peak foliage dates.Continue reading »
With an open-ended mandate and a little seed money, who knows what they could turn up?Continue reading »
A.R.T.’s “The Black Clown” isn’t just a stirring performance of the Langston Hughes poem. From Botham Jean to Colin Kaepernick to Reginald Andrade, it’s the circus of racism in America.Continue reading »
When my parents tried to sell their timeshare, they realized it was worthless. They couldn’t even give it back to the resort. And the bills kept coming.Continue reading »
There are early risers. And then there’s Mark Wahlberg.Continue reading »
Here are some steps you can take to help stop companies from knowing exactly where you are all the time.Continue reading »
What’s more relaxing than a rooftop bar or restaurant on a warm Boston day? Check out our list of five Boston-area rooftops to visit.Continue reading »
From small-batch kombucha to certified Neapolitan-style pizza, here is what’s new and notable.Continue reading »