On December 31, 1969 and January 1, 1970, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles took New York's Fillmore East by storm with four exhilarating, adventurous performances fusing R&B, soul and hard rock with an improvisatory sensibility. On September 30, Legacy Recordings and Experience Hendrix will release the first of the Band of Gypsys' four sets for the very first time as Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69. Newly mixed from the original one-inch 8-track master tapes by Eddie Kramer, this landmark release, produced by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott and Kramer, will arrive on CD, 180-gram vinyl, SACD and DD.
The funk-fuelled stylings of Hendrix, Cox and Miles were first released by Capitol Records on March 25, 1970 as Band Of Gypsys, which featured six songs from the two January 1, 1970 concerts including the powerful "Machine Gun." Tragically, it would be the final album Jimi Hendrix personally authorized for release before his untimely death that September. The 1999 2-CD compilation release Live at the Fillmore East drew on all four gigs including three tracks from the first show ("Hear My Train A Comin'," Izabella," "Changes"). Machine Gun offers a new look at these seminal concerts by presenting one in full for the first time.
The seventy-five minute opening performance chronicled here introduced a "new" Jimi Hendrix experience. After all, none of the eleven songs in the setlist had appeared on an Experience album. Staples like "Purple Haze" and "All Along the Watchtower" were notably left off in favor of songs such as "Power of Soul" and "Hear My Train A Comin.'" Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 features blazing takes of "Earth Blues," "Ezy Ryder," "Stepping Stone," "Burning Desire," and "Machine Gun"--none of which have ever before been issued on compact disc. Machine Gun also features Miles' standout performances of "Changes" and the Jerry Ragovoy/Garry Sherman-penned "Stop," a hit R&B single for vocalist Howard Tate. Elmore James' classic "Bleeding Heart" is the set's only other cover.
Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 presents the complete, legendary rock and soul revue in its original sequence, and includes new liner notes by David Fricke. This piece of Hendrix history is due in multiple formats on September 30 from Legacy Recordings and Experience Hendrix! You can pre-order the CD and LP iterations below, with SACD information to follow!
Jimi Hendrix, Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 (Legacy/Experience Hendrix, 2016)
- Power Of Soul
- Lover Man
- Hear My Train A Comin'
- Machine Gun
- Ezy Ryder
- Bleeding Heart
- Earth Blues
- Burning Desire