Band of Gypsys catches Jimi Hendrix playing live on 31st December 1969 and 1st January 1970 at the Fillmore East in New York. A new decade starts with a big bang.
Hendrix had broken up the Jimi Hendrix Experience and is now backed by Billy Cox and Buddy Miles.
Band of Gypsys was the last album to be released in his lifetime and well before the many live albums that have since come out in his name.
Hendrix played four sets over two days which have been the basis for two Jimi Hendrix live albums – Band Of Gypsys and Live At The Fillmore.
Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys
- Who Knows – 9:32
- Machine Gun – 12:36
- Changes – 5:10
- Power of Soul – 6:53
- Message To Love – 5:22
- We Gotta Live Together – 5:46
Jimi Hendrix Live At The Fillmore East
I’ve marked below which tracks are also on the Band Of Gypsys album but it’s not necessarily the same performance.
- Stone Free – 12:56 (a bonus song on Are You Experienced)
- Power of Soul – 6:19 (also on Band Of Gypsys)
- Hear My Train A Comin’ – 9:02
- Izabella – 3:40
- Machine Gun – 11:36 (also on Band Of Gypsys)
- Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – 6:01 (from Electric Ladyland)
- We Gotta Live Together – 9:55 (also on Band Of Gypsys)
- Auld Lang Syne – 3:54
- Who Knows – 3:55 (also on Band Of Gypsys)
- Changes – 5:38 (also on Band Of Gypsys)
- Machine Gun – 13:35 (also on Band Of Gypsys)
- Stepping Stone – 5:20
- Stop – 5:43
- Earth Blues – 5:48
- Burning Desire – 8:22
- Wild Thing – 3:06
The band was:
- Jimi Hendrix – electric guitar, vocals
- Billy Cox – bass guitar, vocals
- Buddy Miles – drums, vocals
Buddy Miles does a lot of singing on this album which has the big advantage that it frees up Jimi Hendrix to concentrate on playing his guitar.
Here are some videos of Jimi Hendrix / Band Of Gypsys.
If these videos disappear, you may find more at YouTube Band of Gypsys Live At Fillmore East
What Other People Say About Band Of Gypsys
The two Jimi Hendrix live albums that appear most of on the best live albums ever lists are Band Of Gypsys and Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these are the two issued during his lifetime.
Those recommending this album are:
Rolling Stone Top 25
There are a lot of reviews at Amazon for the Band Of Gypsys live album.
There are a lot more for the Jimi Hendrix Live At The Fillmore East extended set.
Buying Band of Gypsys Or Live At The Fillmore East
First you need to decide which version you want. I’ve owned both and would recommend Live At Fillmore East.
To help you to find the album quickly and easily, I’ve given you the following links:
Band Of Gypsies is slightly cheaper.
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