Band Of Gypsys

Label
Legacy Recordings
Release date
1997
Running length
6 tracks
Running time
45:27

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Who Knows 9:34 89,078
2 Machine Gun 12:36 132,994
3 Changes 5:10 74,372
4 Power To Love 6:54 52,771
5 Message To Love 5:22 72,142
6 We Gotta Live Together 5:51 68,645

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✪ Jimi Hendrix — Band Of Gypsys ✪

Band of Gypsys was the only live recording authorized by Jimi Hendrix before his death. It was recorded and released in order to get Hendrix out from under a contractual obligation that had been hanging over his head for a couple years. Helping him out were longtime friends Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on the drums because the Experience had broken up in June of 1969, following a show in Denver. This rhythm section was vastly different from the Experience. Buddy Miles was an earthy, funky drummer in direct contrast to the busy, jazzy leanings of Mitch Mitchell. Noel Redding was not really a bass player at all but a converted guitar player who was hired in large part because Hendrix liked his hair! These new surroundings pushed Hendrix to new creative heights. Along with this new rhythm section, Hendrix took these shows as an opportunity to showcase much of the new material he had been working on. The music was a seamless melding of , , and , and tunes like Message to Love and Power to Love showed a new lyrical direction as well. Although he could be an erratic live performer, for these shows, Hendrix was on — perhaps his finest performances. His playing was focused and precise. In fact, for most of the set, Hendrix stood motionless, a far cry from the stage antics that helped establish his reputation as a performer. Equipment problems had plagued him in past live shows as well, but everything was perfect for the Fillmore shows.

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  • tparks9243

    I see what's up. I got the 1970 album, not the '97 Re-Release. Rock On! Tom :-)

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tparks9243

    Just received a version of this Album from a friend, with 3 additional tracks, "Here My Train, Foxy Lady, and Stop". Does anyone know if this is an Import or Special Edition of some kind with bonus tracks. I would just like to keep my collection accurate. Any help would be appreciated. Rock On! Tom :-)

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Scentless3

    Isn't this a band? But I love Jimi, just got the album today! :D

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Wonaldo

    Play a game about the albums of Jimi Hendrix! http://www.purposegames.com/game/9098ff3dfe

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Piezy

    Is there any way to get my hands on all four sets from the Fillmore East gigs?

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • pem0983

    "I wasn't too satisfied with the Band Of Gypsies album. If it had been up to me I would have never put it out. From a musician's point of view it was not a good recording and I was out of tune on a few things. Not enough preparation went into it and it came out a bit 'grizzly' - we all felt shaky. The thing was we owed the record company an album and they were pushing us - so here it is..." Jimi on Melody Maker Magazine

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Headbanger62695

    @PartSanCTG- I don't know about that, Billy Cox was a bit more funk than Noel Redding, something that I enjoyed, but both are great in their own right. Spectacular album, one of my favorites.

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Martin_Vandov

    can't get any better than that

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • boehj

    the band of gypsys were off the hook.

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    I don't know... I can't say there's much of a difference between bassists, but I prefer Mitch Mitchell's flashy, hyperactive drumming.

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • IHugMoons

    jimis best band with billy cox and buddy miles

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • SAPike

    just got my hands on the 4th set. pure awesomeness

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Trampiszon

    FANTASTIC!!!!!

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • SequenceC

    SUPERB live album.

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • MusicxxAddicted

    must be one of the prettiest album covers ever

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Joni24

    great cd, much better than all the stuff released after his death

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Parapedal

    Happy New Year Jimi!

    31 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Sibo77

    His best, no doubt about it.

    31 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Driverzx

    Jesus fuck, I love this.

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Postmortem62388

    Best album ever recorded.

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
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