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Band of Gypsys Original recording remastered, Live
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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.
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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Throughout Jimi's career, he had three truly legendary live sets. The Monterey Pop Festival (come on EH, get the ball rolling; release it!), Woodstock and his Fillmore East concerts. If the posthumous 2-disc "Live At The Fillmore East" is any indication, this album showcases the REAL highlights of that two night stint in New York. Funny thing is, it's only six songs. But what lacks in quantity, Jimi makes up for in quality.
Best of all, "Band Of Gypsys" features the best version of Jimi's best song ever (in my opinion), Machine Gun. Twelve minutes of loudly distorted bliss. Buddy Miles' drum work turns out better than what Mitch Mitchell would do in later shows with the song and Billy Cox keeps the whole thing intact with a deep, funky verve. This is Jimi and the boys at their best. The song also gets my pick for the most hypnotizing guitar solo in rock history.
This is the essential live Hendrix album.
When most people ask what Jimi Hendrix album should I really here him playing his heart out I always reference to The Band Of Gypsy's. Hendrix did so much on this album on songs like Power Of Soul, and Machine Gun. I was even more impressed when Experience Hendrix released their version of The Band Of Gypsy's the full concert wow. But I still love this album to this day its probaley the best Jimi Hendrix live album that was ever released. Jimi Hendrix did break up with the band and would latter re-join the Jimi Hendrix Experience with Billy Cox on Bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. But truely this is the real deal Jimi Hendrix and The Band Of Gypsy's Buy This. Highly Recomened!!!!
However, ranking at the top of this pile of finely polished diamonds is Jimi Hendrix's performance at the Filmore East on New Year's Eve, 1969. As far as I'm concerned, this release is in a class of its own. What makes it even better is that Band Of Gypsys was released primarily due to CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS (!). Yet not one second of this album sounds like Jimi "going through the motions." If anything, this was the pinnacle of his recorded output (rivalled ONLY by Electric Ladyland, and that album is almost double the length).
Band Of Gypsys represents an evolution from Hendrix's earlier works with The Experience. Jimi was trying to dispell the overblown image that the public and press had saddled upon him after his showboating performances at earlier live venues such as the Monterey Pop Festival. He was trying to move in a more funk-based, introspective, and earthy direction. After The Experience disbanded (bassist Noel Redding quit) in June 1969, Jimi tried experimenting with various lineups in future performances, including a big band dubbed Gypsy, Sun, & Rainbows that headlined at Woodstock that August.
However, that band didn't pan out for very long. Jimi was soon looking for a new band, finally settling on bassist and old Army buddy Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. The resulting Band Of Gypsys headlined at the Filmore, fulfilling the contract and then some.Read more ›
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Great Deal...awesome slice of music history...fast shipping..!!!!Published 2 months ago by Danielle James
Item arrived fast..slight warp in the vinyl but plays ok on my TTPublished 4 months ago by Steven Stramba
mind boggling--what else can ya say--rock and roll we'll never hear the likes of again--hendrix,alvin lee, duane allman, jerry garcia etc.Published 7 months ago by james marshall
Excellent quality, 180g . No scratch what so ever. Jimi at his best....Published 8 months ago by Marc Erick Loiselle
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