Made less than a year before his death in September 1970, Band of Gypsys was an album recorded live to fulfill a contractual obligation for a long-forgotten deal Jimi Hendrix signed when he still spelled his name "Jimmy." Hendrix had just disbanded the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and in order to dispense with the album as quickly as possible, he put together a new trio featuring Billy Cox (an old Army buddy) and drummer Buddy Miles, whose bombastic singing and thudding drum style would soon pollute FM airwaves across the nation. (Former Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell refers to him here as "William the Concreter," for his cement-mixer sense of rhythm.) They booked the Fillmore East with the idea of recording the shows for a live album, and this DVD features recently unearthed film footage of that historic performance, with Hendrix at the top of his powers (despite Miles's excesses). It also offers several other rare live performances from British clubs in the mid-1960s. The musical moments are mixed with new interview footage, including conversations with the self-effacing Cox and the self-aggrandizing Miles. If you've only heard the CDs (Band of Gypsys and Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Fillmore East), you've only gotten half of this particular Jimi Hendrix experience. --Marshall Fine
From the Back Cover
Nearly three decades after his untimely death in September 1970, Jimi Hendrix's legendary performances with the Band Of Gypsys remain one of his most impressive achievements. The revolutionary impact Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles had upon the boundaries and definitions of rock, R&B, and funk can be traced to four concerts over the course of two evenings. The story of this ground breaking music is told her in interviews with Jimi, and for the first time, all four of his bandmates, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles. Among those also contributing are Lenny Kravits, Vernon Reid, Slash, and original engineer Eddie Kramer.
Jimi Hendrix: Live At The Fillmore East features the only known color and black and white rare footage of the group in concert, including "Machine Gun," "Who Knows," "Izabella," "Fire," "Foxey Lady," and a musical soundtrack which exclusively includes additional performances form teh guitarist's December 31, 1969 and January 1, 1970 concerts which have not been included as part of Band Of Gypsys or Jimi Hendrix: Live At The Fillmore East. Complete with new interviews and rare archival footage, this Jimi Hendrix: Live At The Fillmore East special edition DVD features additional material never broadcast on television or home video. In addition to the full-length documentary, fans can hear unreleased music, see Fillmore East concert footage without interruption, and view rare photographs from one of the greatest rock concerts of all time. This acclaimed DVD program provides new insights into some of the most exciting and influential music this celebrated guitarist ever created.
1 Machine Gun
2 Who Knows
5 Foxey Lady
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