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Jimi Hendrix - Band Of Gypsys (1970)
Cover Front Album
Artist Jimi Hendrix
Length 45:36
Format CD
Genre Rock
Label Polydor
Index 1
Collection Status In Collection
Track List
01 Who Knows 09:36
02 Machine Gun 12:39
03 Changes 05:11
04 Power To Love 06:56
05 Message Of Love 05:23
06 We Gotta Live Together 05:51
Personal Details
Price £9.99
Store Virgin
Rating 10
Spars AAD
Rare No
Sound Stereo
Band of Gypsys
Artist Jimi Hendrix
Album Title Band of Gypsys
Date of Release 1970 (release) inprint
AMG Rating (Best-of-Artist)
Genre Rock
Styles Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll
Type live
Time 45:16

Hendrix, sans the Experience, hooked up with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles to record this hard electric funk outing live at the Fillmore East in New York on December 31, 1969. While the rhythm section may have lacked the chops for wild free-form excursions, they provided Hendrix with a no-nonsense groove for his funkier R&B experiments. "Machine Gun," the album's highlight, features some of Hendrix's greatest playing. His dramatically violent soundscapes convey the horror of the war experience, with brilliantly controlled use of feedback and rapid-fire bursts of notes. -- Rick Clark, All Music Guide

CD Capitol 32
CD Capitol Stao-472
LP Capitol SN-16319
1970 LP Capitol STAO-472
1995 CS Capitol 96414
1995 LP Capitol 96414

Billy Cox - Bass
Wally Heider - Engineer
Jimi Hendrix - Guitar, Vocals, Mixing
Eddie Kramer - Remixing, Mixing, Remastering, Engineering Supervisor
George Marino - Remastering
Heaven Research - Producer
Joseph Sia - Photography
Janie Hendrix - Remastering Supervisor
Jan Blom - Photography
John McDermott - Liner Notes, Remastering Supervisor
Release date: 01/13/1998
Original release date: 1970
Label: Capitol/EMI Records
Producer: Heaven Research
Engineer: Wally Heider
Pieces in Set: 1
Catalog#: 93446
Distributor: n/a
Desc: Performer


Additional Notes:

This 1998 re-issue of BAND OF GYPSYS has been digitally remastered by the original engineer, Eddie Kramer.

Personnel: Jimi Hendrix (electric guitar, vocals); Billy Cox (bass); Buddy Miles (drums, vocals).

Recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York, New York on December 31, 1969. Includes liner notes by John McDermott.

Following the breakup of the Experience, Hendrix took a sabbatical in Woodstock, New York, hooked up with bassist Billy Cox, his old Air Force running mate, and began jamming with a wide variety of musicians, including R&B drummer Buddy Miles. Hendrix had become self-conscious about his image as a showman and rocker, and the limitations of thrashing through the same repertoire night after night.

BAND OF GYPSYS was an attempt by Hendrix to redefine himself, and marked a slight return to his roots in R&B and the blues, accompanied by a solid, groove-oriented rhythm section. During their brief tenure as a band, Band Of Gypsys performed New Year's Eve at the Fillmore East, and this live recording captures some of Hendrix's most monumental solos, particularly his long, intensely emotional improvisation on "Machine Gun" and his pithy blues work on "Who Knows."

Buddy Miles' "Them Changes" illustrates Hendrix's mastery of funk, while "Message Of Love" and "Power Of Soul" demonstrate his remarkable ability to provide a simultaneous rhythm accompaniment and melodic counterpoint to his vocals, in the blues tradition of Robert Johnson.