Saturday, February 02, 2013

Jimi Hendrix
"Band of Gypsys" (CD)

The "eponymous" live album, released in 1970, just months before Hendrix's untimely death, is the last album officially released by Hendrix.

Recorded over two nights of New Years Eve shows at the Fillmore East, this represents the last stage of musical evolution that Hendrix achieved before shuffling off this mortal coil.  Akin to Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew,' this is an album that extends beyond the average listener's palette.  If your traditional rock 'n roller loves listening to 'Voodoo Chile' he/she may never have heard the tunes on this album. 

The Experience was gone, and in their place Hendrix was backed by Billy Cox and Buddy Miles.  The feel of the ensemble is very different than with Hendrix's Experience albums.

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