Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys 12" Vinyl LP Album

- French Release on Polydor Records

"Band of Gypsys" is a live LP album recorded by Jimi Hendrix in 1970 featuring a new band and marked a departure from his earlier work, incorporating funk, soul, and R&B. It's widely regarded as one of the best live recordings in rock history, inspiring musicians and influencing music to this day. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.

 

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Hendrix Gets Funky: A Deep Dive into "Band of Gypsys"
Album Description:

Jimi Hendrix wasn't one for staying in one place musically. In 1970, fresh off the groundbreaking psychedelia of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he unleashed "Band of Gypsys," a blistering live album that ripped the rulebook and redefined his sound. This 12-inch vinyl LP, forged in the fires of the Fillmore East on New Year's Eve 1969, showcased a new band and a whole new direction for Hendrix.

Gone were the swirling colors and feedback experiments of his earlier work. Instead, "Band of Gypsys" presented a raw, stripped-down Hendrix, deeply connected to his blues roots. Joined by bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles, he explored the fertile ground of funk, soul, and R&B. The music pulsates with a tight, telepathic energy, a far cry from the more layered productions of his Experience days.

The album isn't just a change of scenery; it's a sonic revolution. Tracks like "Machine Gun" are sonic bar brawls, Hendrix wielding his guitar like a weapon of mass distortion. In contrast, "Changes" simmers with slow-burning intensity, showcasing a different side of his ferocious talent.

Of course, such a radical departure wasn't met with universal praise. Purists may have missed the trademark psychedelic flourishes, but those who embraced the change discovered a Hendrix unburdened, loose, and utterly electrifying. Produced by the enigmatic "Heaven Research" (a collective pseudonym used by Hendrix, manager Alan Douglas, and engineer Eddie Kramer), the album captures the raw energy of that legendary Fillmore performance, warts and all. It's Hendrix laid bare, his soul poured onto ten inches of vinyl.

"Band of Gypsys" isn't the Hendrix you might expect, but that's precisely its strength. It's a testament to his willingness to push boundaries and explore uncharted sonic territory. This isn't just a great live album; it's a crucial chapter in the story of rock and roll, a testament to Hendrix's enduring genius. So, crank up the volume, drop the needle, and prepare to be baptized by the holy fire of Hendrix's untamed soul.

In Brief: 

Recorded Live New Year's Eve 1969-70 at Fillmore East New York.

Produced by Heaven Research.

Photography Jan Blom  

Music Genre:

  Rock  

Record Label:  Polydor 2489 146  

The Iconic Label of Jimi Hendrix's "Band of Gypsys"
Record Label Description:

Jimi Hendrix's "Band of Gypsys" is an album that stands as a monumental piece in the history of rock music, not just for its sonic brilliance but also for its unique production and release characteristics. The label of this classic album, as shown in the image, is a testament to the era of its creation and the care taken in its production.

Polydor Records: A Brief Overview

Polydor Records, the label responsible for releasing "Band of Gypsys," is a renowned British-German record label that has been a major player in the music industry since its inception in 1924. By the time "Band of Gypsys" was released in 1970, Polydor had already established itself as a significant force in the European music market. The label has been home to numerous iconic artists across various genres, including The Who, Cream, and of course, Jimi Hendrix.

Label Details

The label of this particular pressing of "Band of Gypsys" is characterized by its vibrant orange color, a distinctive feature of many Polydor releases from this period. The text is printed in a clear, bold font, making it easy to read the essential information at a glance. Here are some of the key elements found on the label:

Artist and Album Name: At the top center, the name "Jimi Hendrix" is prominently displayed, followed by the album title "Band of Gypsys."

Polydor Logo: Positioned above the artist's name, the Polydor logo is a symbol of the label's prestige and its commitment to high-quality recordings.

Catalogue Number: The catalogue number "2489 146" is printed on the right side, just above the stereo designation. This number is crucial for collectors and helps identify this specific pressing of the album.

Production Credits: The label credits the production to Heaven Research, an interesting nod to the metaphysical inspiration often associated with Hendrix's work.

Rights and Legal Notices: Around the perimeter of the label, legal notices are printed, stating the rights reserved by the producer and the prohibition of unauthorized duplication and broadcasting.

Significance of the Label

The Polydor label on "Band of Gypsys" is not just a marker of the album's origin; it represents a pivotal moment in Jimi Hendrix's career. This album was the first to be released after the dissolution of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and features a new lineup with Buddy Miles on drums and Billy Cox on bass. The live recordings capture Hendrix's innovative guitar work and the raw energy of his performance at the Fillmore East on New Year's Eve 1969-70.

Audiophile Qualities

Audiophiles and collectors prize original pressings of "Band of Gypsys" for several reasons. The mastering and pressing quality of Polydor records from this era are generally regarded as excellent, offering a rich, dynamic sound that captures the live essence of Hendrix's performance. The analog warmth of the original vinyl pressing is often preferred over later reissues, making these records highly sought after in the vinyl community.

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP Record  

Year & Country:

1970 Made in France
Band Members and Musicians on: Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys
Track Listing of: Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys
    Side One:
  1. Who Knows
  2. Machine Gun
    Side Two:
  1. Changes
  2. Power to Love
  3. Message of Love
  4. We Gotta Live Together
Photo of Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys Album's Front Cover 

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