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Band of Gypsys Original recording remastered, Live

4.8 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 13 1998)
  • 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 151 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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I should have bought this vinyl album decades ago!! ( I was 10 years old when it came out) I had heard a few songs here and there, but when I actually listened to the whole record, I was amazed at the quality of the live recording and loved the way the crowd joins in. Just a great selection of songs by great musicians. Now I get where the young and talented "Justin Saladino Band" from Montreal, get their inspiration for their original songs.
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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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Oh, you lucky bastards who are about to listen to "Band Of Gypsys" for the first time in your lives. I envy you.
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.
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The Band Of Gypsy's proved hendrix's virtouso ability to go anywhere he wanted to with the guitar. The first time I bought the orginal album of the Band Of Gypsy's I was floored. I loved all of Hendrix's Experience days but when this came out I almost loved him even more for what he was doing. This just really floored us all expesically on Machine Gun running over 20 minutes long. With Buddy Miles laying down the beat and Billy Cox giving Funk Machine Gun was truely the best song on the album. After the record came out I wanted to here Hendrix do a studio version of Machine Gun so bad but unfortuantly Hendrix died in 1970 leaving us all.
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!!!!
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Format: Audio CD
The '60s were the Golden Age Of Rock, and thus, I'd argue, the Golden Age of live albums. You had The Who's Live At Leeds, The MC5's Kick Out The Jams, Velvet Underground's Live 1969, The Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, and a slew of fine Bob Dylan bootlegs (the two best being released under the "Bootleg Series" as Live 1964 and Live 1966--go buy them if you haven't).
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.
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In my years of listening to everything Jimi James has done, I have to rate the last legit humous release as his best. My reasoning is simple, he was finally surrounded by a musicians that accentuated his playing. In the Experience, I believe Mitch Mitchell was a more than capable drummer, and live recordings with Jimi and Mitch's interplay support this, but on this album Buddy Miles just fits better. Buddy's singalongs get a little lengthy at times, but he does have a melodic voice, and he's quite adept at pounding the skins. The real improvement from this band over the Experience is with the bass player. Noel Redding basically sucked. The songs he wrote sucked (Little Miss Strange/whatevers on Axis). His live playing sucked. Billy Cox actually heard what Jimi was doing and played with him. This factor alone makes this album the most enjoyable in the Hendrix catalogue. Disagree with me if you will, but those are my two cents. By the way, the Fillmore double album is a real treat.
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