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Band of Gypsys is a live album by a group of the same name featuring Jimi Hendrix. Released before his death in 1970, it was the last album Hendrix himself authorized, and the only Hendrix album to be released on Capitol Records—the result of a settlement regarding a forgotten recording contract he had signed in 1965 before he became famous. Band of Gypsys is now issued on MCA Records, along with the rest of his catalog.

After The Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up in mid-1969, Hendrix played with a line-up he called Gypsy Sun and Rainbows at Woodstock. This was Billy Cox’s (bassist) first appearence on stage(!). The band was short-lived, however, and he formed A Band of Gypsys with his drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox who were already friends for almost a decade. They recorded some studio material, some of which has been posthumously released, and made their live debut at the Fillmore East on New Year’s Eve 1969 for a series of four shows, spread over two days.

The recordings included on Band of Gypsys featured selections from the final two shows, which were performed on the evening of January 1, 1970. The set lists for these two shows are as follows with asterisk indicating inclusion on the Band of Gypsys album:

January 1, 1970 (3rd Fillmore East set)

1. Who Knows*
2. Machine Gun*
3. Changes
4. Power of Soul
5. Stepping Stone
6. Foxey Lady
7. Stop


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