Hendrix* ‎– Band Of Gypsys

Polydor ‎– SPELP 16, Polydor ‎– 2480 005
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue

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A1 Who Knows
Written-By – Hendrix*
A2 Machine Gun
Written-By – Hendrix*
B1 Changes
Written-By – Miles*
B2 Power To Love
Written-By – Hendrix*
B3 Message Of Love
Written-By – Hendrix*
B4 We Gotta Live Together
Written-By – Miles*

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Recorded Live - New Year's Eve 69-70 At Fillmore East New York City.

Made in England

Intersong Music Ltd - A1, A2, B2, B3
Rondor Music (Lodon) Ltd B1, B4

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): SPELP 16-A (2480 006)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): SPELP 16-B (2480 006)
  • Matrix / Runout: SPELP 16 A // 1 ∇ 420 W 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout: SPELP 16 B // 1 ∇ 420 W 11 1
  • Other (Price code): Polydor Mid-Price

Other Versions (5 of 209) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STAO-472 Hendrix* Band Of Gypsys(LP, Album, Gat) Capitol Records STAO-472 US 1970 Sell This Version
88697623942 Jimi Hendrix Band Of Gypsys(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Sony Music 88697623942 Brazil 2010 Sell This Version
3194 008 Hendrix* Band Of Gypsys(Cass, Album) Polydor 3194 008 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
MCA - 11607 Jimi Hendrix Band Of Gypsys(LP, Album, RE, 180) MCA Records, Experience Hendrix MCA - 11607 US 1997 Sell This Version
2480 005 Jimi Hendrix Band Of Gypsys(LP, Album, Promo) Polydor 2480 005 Germany 1970 Sell This Version



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December 16, 2014
edited over 3 years ago

Hendrix owed Ed Chalpin an album so they recorded these concerts, reverting to a trio with Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles (who had previously worked with Hendrix on parts of Electric Ladyland) replaced Mitch on drums. I'm not sure how much of this is Hendrix trying to reach out to a black audience, but there is a more funky, soulful sound to this album. Maybe not surprising as Buddy Miles is essentially an R&B drummer, and adds soulful vocals too. The album's had mixed reviews but I've always liked it. Buddy Miles is a fairly rudimentary drummer, but Billy Cox is a far better foil for Hendrix than Noel Redding ever was. The A-Side is particularly strong, I would include both songs on a best of Hendrix Live playlist. The B-Side's not quite as tough but still good listening.