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  • Vinyl (8 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
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  • ASIN: B00381BXO0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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Format : LP 180 gram / Sleeve : Gatefold Includes 8-page full-colour booklet (12 inch x 12 inch)

About the Artist

The Jimi Hendrix Experience disbanded after 3 albums, but Jimi quickly formed a new band with bassist Billy Cox and his drummer friend Buddy Miles; the Band of Gypsys. Musically the Band of Gypsys leaned more towards Jimi's funk/R&B roots than the psychedelic rock sound of the Experience. The Band of Gypsys made their live debut at the Fillmore East on New Year's Eve 1969, for a series of four shows spread over two nights. A compilation of these shows saw the light as the eponymous live album 'Band of Gypsys'. Containing definitive versions of 'Machine Gun' and 'Who Knows'

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"Band of Gypsys" is a fine album, and the blueprint for funk-rock, funk-metal and a hundred other funks which, ironically enough, languish in the CD players of a multitude of twenty-first century white kids. Buddy Miles' soulful songs of love and life are a refreshing contrast to Hendrix's new-found didacticism (witness "Message to Love"), and the whole thing is spolighted in an uncluttered performance, Cox and Miles a solid rhythm section a million miles from the flashy Experience.
The high-point on this album, recorded live on New Year's Eve, 1969, is "Machine Gun", Jimi's musings upon the Vietnam War, made shockingly real by the guitarist's otherworldly playing and Buddy Miles' onamatopoeic percussion. Other classics are the groovesome opener "Who Knows" and Miles' effervescent "Changes".
As well as being arguably the most successful live album of all-new material ever issued, "Band of Gypsys" shows Hendrix as less of a band-leader and more of a band-member. Furthermore, it grooves, it rocks, and it's excellent. Anyone who cares a jot about rock, funk or twentieth century popular music in general ought to purchase this.
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This is quite simply the most amazing live guitar album ever. Everything on this album is perfect..I cannot find a single fault and I've listened to it many many times. Jimi's masterpiece Machine Gun is the most amazing piece of guitar work I've ever heard in my life......and the bass and drums throughtout the entire album are spot perfect. If you like Hendrix...or a big fan of guitarists like me....you just have to own this album. It's like a law of the universe.
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Joe Satriani once described jimi's playing on this album,as the best live guitar work ever.Machine gun the centerpiece of this album sends shivers down your spine,pure genius.Together with miles (Buddy) power drumming.And (Cox) Billy steady bass lines.Hendrix seems free to just play from within. Anyone who likes MUSIC MUST OWN THIS.
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Band of Gypsys is an album that must belong in every serious music collection. I think that it is the greatest rock album ever, live or studio included. There are many components that add to the overall success of the album, but what sticks out the most is just the raw, natural sound of music created by this amazing trio! Buddy Miles on drums and vocals is really on fire here: He's inventive, passionate and just all around in the music. His drive is incredible and his vocal solo on Who Knows is just classic, probably the best vocal solo I've heard outside of jazz. Billy Cox has a natural sound and time that really fits the overall expression of the group very well.

But let's not forget about the true star here: Hendrix. He is amazing here; his soloing and storytelling transcends anything I've heard and his sound is amazing. Considering the era in which this album was released his sound is unbelievable, almost superhuman. The bass and drum serve as his canvas and he's painting effortlessly and freely while still keeping his interaction with Cox and Miles intact. It really is incredible how wide the sound is, considering it is just a trio.

I think Machine Gun is the best take on the album and the greatest piece of rock ever recorded. The way Hendrix sets the mood and tells the story is really second to none. Machine Gun is a trip in itself, just raw expression from Hendrix. But don't worry, the music on this album isn't all abstract. Who Knows will satisfy anyone with a thirst for rhytm and Power of Love is just a great, intense rock song(listen to Miles' shout at the break after the intro. Woo!). We Live Together also features one of the best riffs ever.
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By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2006
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In this version of the Band of Gypsies Hendrix returned to the guitar, base drums trio format but with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox in place of the Experience players. Gone also was much of the extravagent feedback and wild sounds, and in its place is cleaner guitar sound with vituoso playing, and effects used in a more restrained manner. The first side has two long tracks, and the latter is a version of Machine gun that other guitarists have called the greatest playing ever heard. The second side is four more upbeat tracks. It is unlike his other studio and live albums in sound and with a funkier sound. Well worth getting. I've loads of Hnedrix albums and after Electric Ladyland this is my favorite
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This a re-release of a CD first issued in 1997 (LP 1970) and a very small subset of Live At Fillmore East. So if you've got any of those you don't need this one. Even if it has been remastered, it's a live album, and you don't need 24bit.

The album has been criticised as being a contractual obligation to Ed Chalpin, but in all honesty, who cares? However, Hendrix is on the record as being underwhelmed with Band of Gypsys and to my ears the real problem is that the trio (Hendrix, Cox, Miles) didn't really work. This is even more obvious on the Fillmore double CD.

The one exception to some fairly ordinary music, is Machine Gun, Miles got the drumming right, and subsequently Mitch Mitchell never seemed to be capable of matching it. It's set in a certain context, (Vietnam war, Kent U student deaths) and in its own way it's up there with Star Spangled Banner.

In some ways the album demonstrates by counter example just how well the JHE worked. Redding, for all his challenges drove better than Cox, and Mitchell's jazzy drumming interacted with Hendrix better than did Miles' whom I found to be too heavy handed. Mitchell was quickly back in the band and it was suggested at the time there was a possibility of a Hendrix/Redding reconciliation.

If you haven't got any of the music already, get the cheapest version of any of them for the Hendrix compositions, particularly M Gun. Buddy Miles is no composer to this listener.
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