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Band Of Gypsys: Live [Original recording remastered, Live]

Jimi Hendrix Audio CD
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1. Who Knows
2. Machine Gun
3. Changes
4. Power To Love
5. Message of Love
6. We Gotta Live Together

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Tired of the showboating image that his early live performances had saddled him with--and that his black audience viewed as demeaning and degrading to his musical talent--Hendrix dissolved his Experience in 1969 in search of a more terra-firma-grounded, blues-oriented persona. On New Year's Eve, Hendrix, his old Army buddy bassist Billy Cox, and ex-Electric Flag drummer Buddy Miles performed a loose, jam-filled set at New York's Fillmore East (completists will want the panoramic though uneven Live at the Fillmore East). Released a few months after his New Year's Eve 1970 concert, Band of Gypsys underscored Hendrix's desired return to basics--even if his basic was at a level most guitarists could never attain in a lifetime of playing. --Billy Altman

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Jimi's short-lived post Experience band with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles, captured live at the Fillmore East. It may have been recorded to fulfill a contractual obligation to Capitol Records, but it proved to be one of his most powerful LPs with the menacing Machine Gun; Who Knows; Message of Love and more.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is a Difference! April 13 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Upon listening to this 2010 remastered re-release of the Band of Gypsys on headphones compared with the 1994 release, those in charge clearly cleaned up the sound. The audio is crisp and the live element (a.k.a. the crowd and reverb) is present throughout the songs, which is unfortunately lacking in many live albums. However, it is present here and that is what counts for the moment. So, if you do not own this album yet and dig it as you should, buy this remaster. For those that already own it, if you are a collector of re-releases, then do so, but there are no bonus features like the accompanying DVDs in the other re-releases here. That is the one letdown considering there is B&W footage of some of the performances from this concert series out there. New liner notes and photos are about all that is 'extra,' but everyone knows these liner notes are often a bit too sugary and long-winded. Indeed, this album is a gem, aside from the fact that it is Hendrix, because it blends the R&B of Buddy Miles' groove with the soaring rock 'n' roll bluesy feel of Hendrix's playing, not to mention Cox's bass pleasantly bouncing along for the ride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album Nov. 23 2006
By J
Format:Audio CD
Whats with the bashing of Mitch Mitchell? He was the perfect drummer to play with Hendrix, he went way out there but kept things grounded as well. He was the precuror to people like Billy Cobham. Buddy Miles was a standard 4/4 blues-rock drummer, people just make a big deal about it because he was black and this was Jimi "at his roots". I do prefer Cox to Redding, but if Mitchell had played on this record, it would have been 20 times as incredible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jimi Hendrix - 'Band Of Gypsys' (Capitol) Jan. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
I remember when this lp first came out;my baby-sitter used to play it on the stereo all the time. So nice to hear it mastered on CD. 'Band Of Gypsys' is a 6 song / 45 minute live performance that was recorded on New Year's Eve 1969-70. It's line-up is not to be missed: Hendrix on guitar & vocals, Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. I specially dug "Who Knows", the nicely flowing "Power Of Love", and the two Miles compositions "Changes" and "We Gotta Live Together". If anything, this disc PROVES there'll never be another Hendrix. A really memorable listening experience.
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This is the absolute BEST album by legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. It is widely agreed that he was the absolute best player that ever lived and this album was testament to his genius. The early three Jimi Hendrix albums have good song writing but they are within the pop/psychedelic rock genre. The mediocre white muscians his manager Chas Chandler paired him with in England are so beneath Hendrix. Mitchell is limp wristed and lacks the Jonh Bonham style bomb blast drumming and gospel scream of Buddy Miles. The Noel Redding bass is impossible to hear in the mix on any previous Hendrix record. What most people don't realize is that Hendrix earned his reputation playing with nearly every Black soul and rythym and blues legend as a session muscian during the late 50s and early 60s. The "Band of Gypsys" is simultaneously a show of his deep southern blues/soul roots but also transcends the limited definitions blues/rock and creates soundscapes ranging from gospel soul,acid jazz, hard funk, and heavy metal. The latter three musical categories were not actually genres of music at the date of recording in 1969. This is blatant proof of Hendrix's visionary influence over the music world. Many people have complained that this is a LIVE album. The old Delta Blues and Soul albums of the deep south were cut with live bands singing while recording. The deep intense bass of Billy Cox creates a hard funk groove that never misses a beat. The drums of Buddy Miles are like bombs going off in Vietnam. Hendrix's guitar playing is simply phenomenal. He avoids his demeaning carnival tricks like burning the guitar or his insipid pop cover songs like "Wild Thing". The man is a VIRTUOSO! He plays rock and roll guitar like a classical genius. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad he's gone. June 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
There's no denying that the best band Jimi would play in would be the Experience mark II (Jimi, Billy Cox, and Mitch Mitchell), but the Band of Gypsy's was a fine group. Here we see (or more like hear) Jimi expanding his sound into funkier directions. "Who Knows" and "Power to Love" all have very funk-a-licious grooves and some crazy guitar playing (something we all know Hendrix was the best at). His lyrics are a lot more laid-back, as well ("Ah, gettin' high every day is easy/even the jellyfish will tell you that"). Buddy Miles also takes the spotlight on his two original tracks "Changes" and "We Got to Live Together". He is a good songwriter and a fine singer, and his songs don't detract from the album, but the show is still Jimi's. The best track, undeniably, is "Machine Gun". Here Jimi expands on the protest-song genre he started with "House is Burning Down". His lyrics are powerful and image invoking ("evil man make me kill you/evil man make you kill me/even though we're only families apart"). And it must be noted that this performance of "Machine Gun" may well be the best twelve minutes of guitar playing ever captured on tape. The solo is, in my humble opinion, the greatest guitar solo of all time. Hendrix not only mixes scales and all that other revolutionary stuff he did, but he makes his guitar sound like planes, bombs, and whizzing bullets. Marvelous. Another high point to the album is that it was recorded so well. Back in 1969, live recording technology was not the best. But here, everything sounds perfect. Every drum and every cymbal can be heard perfectly. Billy's bass is clear and precise, and Jimi's guitar sounds HUGE, the way it should sound. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jimi Hendrix - 'Band Of Gypsys' (Capitol)
I remember when this album first came out - as my babysitter used to play it on my parent's stereo all the time. So nice to hear it remaster on CD. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2010 by Mike Reed
1.0 out of 5 stars Very deceiving re-issue of an excellent album
When I purchased this album, I really thougth I was buying a 2010 remastered version of the album. I have purchased the first CD version of the album and re-purchased the 1997... Read more
Published on June 6 2010 by daniel babeux
5.0 out of 5 stars FREAKIN' AMAZING!!!
Having been born around the time this album was recorded and growing up in the 80's, I'm almost ashamed to admit that I did not discover this album until a couple of years ago. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2007 by Don Davidson
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I have to completely agree with several others here and say this is the best Hendrix of all. Has always been on my Top 5 must-have albums on a Desert Island. Read more
Published on March 23 2007 by CrashTestDummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hendrixes best relase /album/live performance
Im not joking when i say this album is Hendrixes best live performance or album. In my opinion, who knows is the best track on the album, and shoulfd hav been released as a single... Read more
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary
There is no denying Hendrix's vision or his raw talent. His experementation in the studio and his dynamic stage shows had expanded the sonic frontiers of blues based rock. Read more
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