Historic Debut Concert of Band of Gypsys to Be Released in its Entirety For First Time Ever

By Andrew Catania


Jimi Hendrix - Machine Gun Fillmore East

Finally, time has come for the Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Records to release the complete debut concert of Jimi Hendrix. It would be titledMachine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69. The complete documented concert would be released on September 30th this year by Sony Music Entertainment. Jimi Hendrix experienced a short-lived fame but during this period, his Band of Gypsys was all over the American music world. Every store played his songs and all his concerts were overcrowded.

The Band of Gypsys performed in two concerted on the New Year’s Eve and two on the New Year’s Day in 1969-70 in Fillmore East, New York City. All his concerts were recorded and available for the audience but it is the first time his concerts are available in their entirety. The majority of his electrifying concerts were lost because they were not recorded because of the lack of the devices in that era. In all, it is the loss of the mankind as we were deprived of most of those classic songs and excellent performances.

The album Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 is produced by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott, and Eddie Kramer. It is the same team which has been developing all the concerts of Jimi Hendrix since 1995 under the banner of Experience Hendrix L.L.C. Eddie Kramer was the primary recording engineer to Hendrix and has served him throughout his lifetime. He has also played a vital role in bringing all the concerts of Jimi Hendrix together. The album has been retouched by Bernie Grundman, a Grammy Award Winner. It will be released digitally and in high-resolution SACD of 2 LP 180 gram Vinyl. The good news is that the fans can preorder the Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 exclusively at http://smarturl.it/jh_mg_cd and Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/jh_mg_vinyl.

It is the very first time that Jimi Hendrix records are being released in HD and digitally. Experience Hendrix would release his other songs like the People, Hell & Angels on the same day. This album would consist of a collection of some of his unreleased studio recordings. These songs were at #2 ranking of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums in 2013. The series will also incorporate some of the songs of Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 but in the studio version.

Jimi Hendrix was known for only four years of his life but it was enough to get him registered as one of the best guitarists and an exceptional pop singer the World has ever seen. His music was popular among all sections of the society and all walks of life. It is well said that life need not be big but however long may be the life, make it large and you will rein the world. Hendrix Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 is measured equal to his win at the Monetary pop and Woodstock and it became the turning point of his career.
Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles created a new definition of R&B, rock and funk by their four back to back concerts on the intervening night of the 1969-70 New Year. His album included songs like the Machine Gun. His exceptional mix of rock with a soul made for a new recipe of pop music and gave him a huge commercial success. Unfortunately, it was the last album Jimi Hendrix authorized to be released. He died in London in September 1970.


The new retouched album would showcase for the first time on the CDs the songs sung in the four Fillmore East Concerts. Some of his songs that won him unprecedented success and were on the lips of every fan were “Earth Blues”, “Stepping Stone”, “Ezy Ryder”, “Burning Desire” and “Machine Gun”. Nearly all of the Band of Gypsys’ songs have never been performed by anyone before the audience. Billy Cox, Hendrix’s partner in crime, said that they decided they would not do the songs which had already been released. Thus, in order to give the audience something different, they went forward with this project of bringing the Band of Gypsys’ concerts in a refreshed and creative manner.

The Songs of the Album are as follows

Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 (release date: September 30)
1) Power Of Soul
2) Lover Man
3) Hear My Train A Comin’
4) Changes
5) Izabella
6) Machine Gun
7) Stop
8) Ezy Ryder
9) Bleeding Heart
10) Earth Blues
11) Burning Desire

Bill Graham still remembers his days of those concerts. Neither they knew how the audience would respond nor did the audience know what to expect of them but as soon as the concert started, the audience went into a trance and with every passing moment the band started growing more and more popular. All the tickets for the concert had been sold out already and the audience had pumped in. Electrified by this sight, Jimi Hendrix along with his two mates went on to give a scintillating performance for full seventy-five minutes. This drove the crowd crazy and The Band of Gypsys had made a place in the heart of everyone present there.


“Machine Gun” still remains the finest and the most influential composition of Jimi Hendrix. He had used fuzz face, wah-wah pedal, Uni-Vibe, and Octavia during the performance for the first time and it was an awesome performance and made history. After 46 long years, the composition is ready to rock the world again. It is finally the time to remember Jimi Hendrix again.
Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is a library of the works of the artists of the 19th, 20th and early 21st Centuries. It is the place where meticulously restored and mastered compositions can be found pertaining to genres like rock, blues, Broadway Musical, R&B, Folk, country, jazz, Rap/Hip-Hop, gospel, Classical, etc.

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