A video for Jimi Hendrix’s previously unreleased studio version of ‘LoverMan’ is now streaming online (see below). The track is taken from the new album ‘Both Sides Of The Sky’.
It’s directed by motion graphic specialist, John Vondracek. The video mixes archival footage of Hendrix performing the song with the Band Of Gypsys as well as photographs and home movies of the legendary guitarist. Band Of Gypsys were Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles.
The track recorded in December of 1969 by the trio would come to be known as ‘Lover Man’. The song sees the Hendrix slide in a bit of the theme from the 1960s TV series Batman.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Producer Eddie Kramer who was involved in all the albums Hendrix made said of the guitarist,
‘Imagine Jimi doing a take and when everything falls apart, he’d start playing the Batman or Peter Gunn theme without missing a beat. He’d do something really silly and stupid and everybody would be cracking up. He wanted to keep it light. He’d also do it to change it up a bit and inevitably those lines would work themselves into songs, and that’s Jimi’s sly humor.’
‘Both Sides Of The Sky’ is the third volume in a trilogy from the Hendrix archives, following 2010’s ‘Valleys Of Neptune’ and 2013’s ‘People, Hell And Angels.’ It Features 10 previously unreleased songs and even though it has received some criticism for song repetition, ‘it still offers plenty of thrills, as, time and again, Hendrix pushes solos along the knife-edge that separates this world from another.’ – Joe Levy, Rolling Stone.
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