Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Rock Revival's Classic Albums: Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies

This brilliant live album, released after Jimi's death in 1970 captures him after Experience was disbanded, when Jimi was actively seeking to break out of his 'Purple Haze" mould into a new jazz-inspired psychedelic sound

This concert, played at the classic Fillmore East consisted of new songs only, with a funky Buddy Miles contributing two tracks

The highlight is the incredible "Machine Gun" with drums and guitar capturing the sound of war and Jimi showing why he was and always will be the master of the electric guitar jam.

The group disbanded soon after, with the next release by Jimi planned as a triple album, possibly with jazz composer and Miles Davis collaborator Gil Evans. Collaborations with Eric Clapton, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Miles Davis, and Duane Allman were also being considered.

Can you imagine that: Jimi and Duane, Jimi and Miles.............what a loss !

Band of Gypsys reached #5 in the U.S. and #6 in the UK,one of the artist's best-selling albums and certainly one of the most astounding demonstrations of the art of electric guitsar that has ever been seen

Image: Courtesy Capitol

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