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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. The copy is in much better shape than the original,which had already started to deterioate. I am curious about the imported Music on Vinyl version, which was released earlier this year. I consider Band of Gypsies to be one of the greatest live rock albums ever, no matter what version or format you listen to. This is Essential Hendrix. The finest example of why Hendrix was Hendrix, an extra-ordinary blues guitarist with psychedelic DNA.
Every piece has a different vibe. This is the Hendrix I saw, the one and only time I caught him, at 17 yrs old and sober. I was 13 when I 1st heard this album, it was the 3rd rock album I had bought at the time.
Up to that time it had been mostly Motown, soul, and jazz the music I was being exposed too. When I heard this album I thought Hendrix was possessed by the devil. I could not believe what I was hearing.
I did not know a guitar could sound that way and he didn't sound like anyone else. This is a classic album. It's not perfect, it's not pristine but Hendrix used his guitar to paint colors of sound to illustrate the meaning of his songs.
There are lots of guitarists today who can play much faster and cleaner than Hendrix. I know this, I play guitar. However, I think Joe Satriani said it best: Paraphrasing You can play a very difficult piece of music and all that is fine, but does it move people? Shredding is great, nothing wrong with it at all. Some of it I like, some I don't. Sometimes, I think people are missing the point. The blues is the heart and soul of rock and roll, no blues, no hard rock, no hard rock, no heavy metal.
Simple as that, just listen to Howlin' Wolf. Hendrix respected the tradition and then as Muddy Waters said brought the Blues into the 20th Century. That night Hendrix made history. By the way, Mitch Mitchell was a better drummer than Buddy Miles, however, Buddy laid down that no nonsense back beat and we all know what happened after that. You could buy this just for the picture on the cover. One picture, one message Jimi Hendrix at the point between raw renegade and over refined.
But then you listen to what's inside and it all comes together in a perfectly connected trio of artists recorded on the eve before the end of an iconic decade.
I went to high school in Renton, Washington. My friend Paul and I skipped school on the day of his funeral. We were not turned away when we walked up the road leading to his burial, following a long line of limousines. Less than a year after this recording. As amazing as it was to see all these famous, musically gifted people up close, my friend and I were enveloped in the solemn repose being exercised to the point of being completely shut off from our senses.
It's this album and "Cry of Love" that give reflection of how amazing Jimi Hendrix was. Another good reason to have this album. For an album that was just made to finish out an old contract Jimi had ,turns out to be a pretty great album.
So influential to many of todays artists, and myself, this one is chock full of Great songs! One of rocks original Heavy hitters Buddy Miles,playing and singing like there was no tomorrow, Billy Cox following along on the new songs so eloquently and perfectly ,and Jimi just standing in place playing his Heart out. Who could ask for anything more? Too bad the Band of Gypsies was so short lived ,I think they could have made some more Great music together!!!
See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Much has already been said about the musical content of this album so I'll just mention a bit about the bonus tracks which appear on this CD release Polydor The pair can easily be differentiated from later remasters by the "Band Of Gypsys" text appearing on the front cover which the remasters lack , and from each other by the earlier release featuring a Polydor logo on the front cover which is absent from the issue.
Now, whilst the s CD followed the album's original 6 track running order from , this release featured 3 bonus tracks tagged to the end, Hear My Train, Foxy Lady and Stop, all taken from the same run of Fillmore shows as the main album.
Hear My Train is an absolutely blistering rendition, arguably a better performance than most of what you'll find on the rest of the album. It also sounds better than the rest of the album, having a lovely full bass, very alive. This track was taken from safety tapes which had been mixed down during the album sessions in Due to a continued lack of access to the masters MCA also found themselves being forced to rely on the same copy tapes for their Band of Gypsys "Live At The Fillmore" release in Unfortunately they seriously crushed the dynamics of that CD with digital compression, so at least this one track gives a tantalising glimpse at just how good the "Fillmore" album COULD have sounded had the mastering engineers taken a more hands-off approach.
But I digress. The remaining two tracks, Foxy Lady and Stop, take a very distinct step backwards sonically. We're talking bootleg quality, and that's not an exaggeration. Again, due to lack of access to original tapes an alternate source was required, so this pair were taken from the audio feed of a video recording of the show. It's a real shame they couldn't find a source matching the quality of Hear My Train, because the Fillmore performance of Foxy Lady remains unreleased on CD to this day.
So to give a rating based just on these bonus tracks Hear My Train is a solid gold 5 stars Which averages out the final total to a 3 star rating. PS; I mention this on all my Hendrix reviews, so apologies if I've bored you with it previously. Released a few months after his New Year's Eve 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.
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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.
His absolute mastery of his guitar and effects is even more amazing considering that this was the first time he used the Fuzz Face, wah-wah pedal, Univibe, and Octavia pedals on-stage together. The guitar tones he gets on "Who Knows" and "Power to Love" are powerful and intense, but nowhere is his absolute control more evident than on "Machine Gun," where Hendrix conjures bombs, guns, and other sounds of war from his guitar, all within the context of a coherent musical statement.
The solo on "Machine Gun" totally rewrote the book on what a man could do with an electric guitar and is arguably the most groundbreaking and devastating guitar solo ever. These live versions of "Message to Love" and "Power to Love" are far better than the jigsaw puzzle studio versions that were released posthumously.