Although the original Band of Gypsys album was compiled from the second night, it wasn't because there weren't amazing performances to choose from on the first night.
The first couple songs are a bit rough around the edges, but when Jimi goes deep blues with "Hear My Train a Comin'," he really starts feeling it and turns in an absolutely amazing version that's why it was previously released on Band of Gypsys 2 and Live at the Fillmore East. There are significant differences to the lyrics, and the structure of the song is different as well Billy Cox says both Jimi and Buddy Miles were doing things that weren't done in rehearsals.
They aren't just playing; they're clearly listening to each other and Hendrix turns in some scorching guitar. The most interesting thing might be the realization of how much of these sets and songs was improvised by the band, as shown by the differences in "Machine Gun" from night to night. Eddie Kramer deserves credit for a truly excellent mix and probably some judicious editing on "Changes".
It's not really fair to compare Machine Gun to Band of Gypsys since one is a largely unedited complete performance and the other is the best cuts selected from a couple shows. That said, there are performances here that rival those of the original Band of Gypsys album, and hearing Jimi on his game with great sound will always be welcomed.
Original — releases are marked in bold. Jimi Hendrix songs by album. Goode " " Blue Suede Shoes ". List of songs sortable.
Jimi Hendrix singles discography. Notes: indicates a re-release, indicates a live recording.
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