Jimi Hendrix took the stage at the Fillmore East in New York to perform a set
that would become, in part, one of the best Live albums ever recorded - entitled
simply "Band of Gypsys". In fact, Hendrix played two nights at the Fillmore, the
second performance being on New Years day 1970 after a rousing performance on
New Years eve 1969. To celebrate the beginning of the new decade, Fillmore East
impresario Bill Graham went to great length to ensure a special evening for his
patrons, dressing his ushers in special shirts and placing toy tambourines on
each of the venue's 2,639 seats. He strode onstage and introduced "some very old
friend with a brand-new name" As the sold-out crowd roared in approval, Jimi led
his trio through a scintillating 75 minute set.
Hendrix was ON this night delivering perhaps his finest live performance. 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.
At midnight, when the strains of the Guy Lombardo Orchestra's "Auld Lang Syne"
filled the theatre, the Band of Gypsys appeared back on stage, Jimi launching
into his own arrangement of the traditional year-opener, a beautiful rendition
that captivated the audience immediately.
• 180 Gram Vinyl
• Audiophile Quality
• Limited Edition
• All original packaging
• Faithful reproductions
• Gatefold Jacket
1. Who Knows
2. Machine Gun
4. Power Of Soul
5. Message To Love
6. We Gotta Live Together
Recorded live - New Year's Eve 1969-'70 at Fillmore East in New York.