JIMI HENDRIX'S LANDMARK FINAL ALBUM, BAND OF GYPSYS, CELEBRATED WITH REMASTERED 50TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL EDITION
Jimi Hendrix's immortal 1970 live album, Band of Gypsys, is one of his most influential releases, with the charismatic guitar icon testing the bounds of his creative approach to produce some of the most ambitious music of his career. Capitol/UMe will honor this landmark record on March 27, almost exactly 50 years from its original release, with special 50th anniversary vinyl editions of Band of Gypsys that recapture the album's boundary-breaking spirit.
This new, all analog edition of Band Of Gypsys has been mastered from the original analog stereo tapes by longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer and will be pressed on 180-gram audiophile black vinyl by Quality Record Pressings. Band of Gypsys 50th anniversary LP will be packaged with an eight-page booklet filled with rare images from the concerts and an essay by John McDermott. This special edition will feature a 24'' x 36'' replica of Capitol Records' original promotional Band of Gypsys poster.
The album encompasses six then-unreleased songs, with the searing original blues ''Machine Gun''-an anti-war epic performed by two musicians in Hendrix and Cox who had actually served in the US Army coupled with such powerful numbers as ''Message to Love,'' ''Power of Soul,'' each documenting Hendrix's decisive shift in musical direction, laying the groundwork for many of the funk rock experiments that would follow in the decades to come. In their original 1970 review of the record, Rolling Stone declared, ''This album is Hendrix the musician. With just bass and drum support he is able to transfuse and transfix on the strength of his guitar-work alone.'' 50 years on, Band of Gypsys continues to inspire and influence generations of musicians while its significance has only grown critically. In their retrospective reviews of the album, Ultimate Classic Rock enthused, ''no testimonial can do justice to Hendrix's revelatory fretwork, especially on 'Machine Gun,' which continues to define the sonic possibilities of the electric guitar'' while All Music hailed it as ''not only an important part of the Hendrix legacy, but one of the greatest live albums ever.''
Originally released in America on March 25, 1970, Band of Gypsys peaked at #5 during a 61-week run on the Billboard album chart. At the time of his death in September 1970, it was Hendrix's bestselling U.S. album since Are You Experienced. The last album that Hendrix released during his lifetime, Band of Gypsys offers a tantalizing glimpse at what might have been.
1) Who Knows
2) Machine Gun
Recorded January 1, 1970 Early Show
2) Power To Love
3) Message To Love
4) We Gotta Live Together
Recorded January 1, 1970 Late Show