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Band Of Gypsys: Live Original recording remastered, Live


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 28 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UVX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Morton on 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 By J on Nov. 23 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed on 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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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. I have appreciated Hendrix's music since my teens but Band Of Gypsys is the album that completely blew me away and convinced me that Jimi Hendrix was a true genius. Every song on this album is a classic, with standouts being Machine Gun, Power To Love, and Message To Love. The finest moments in rock guitar history can be heard in the guitar solo featured in Machine Gun. This is truly the guitar solo that sent an entire generation of kids to their bedrooms, trying to duplicate what they were hearing on their guitars. Every "guitar hero" to come after, from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Eddie Van Halen to Randy Rhoads must have been inspired by this song. The argument can easily be made that Band Of Gypsys influenced everything that came after... from funk, to blues, to rock, to heavy metal.

Band Of Gypsys is definitely NOT the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Both Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell are gone, replaced here by Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums and vocals. Miles, in particular, contributes to a very different sound for Hendrix. His simple but powerful drumming and fantastic vocal contributions really add soul to the recordings.

All in all, there is nothing on this album that could be classified as disappointing. Great songs, and fantastic musicianship all around. This is certainly an album which, if you don't already, will make you truly appreciate what the world lost when Hendrix passed away in 1970.
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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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