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.