Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 live album Band of Gypsys remains one of his most influential and incendiary live recordings. The boundary-breaking material was originally recorded at New York City’s Fillmore East across two shows on the first day of January, 1970. Fifty years on, the original album will be reissued on vinyl in a deluxe presentation.
Due March 27 from Capitol/UMe, the anniversary edition of Band of Gypsys features an all-analog chain, remastered from the original tapes by Eddie Kramer and pressed onto 180-gram vinyl at QRP. In addition to the standard black vinyl pressing, there will be a limited-edition cream, red, yellow, and green swirl color variant available exclusively from AuthenticHendrix.com.
No matter the hue of the wax, every copy of the new anniversary LP will come with an 8-page booklet with rare photos from the original concerts plus an essay from John McDermott at Experience Hendrix. If that’s not enough, the gatefold presentation also includes a 24″x36″ replica of Capitol’s original promotional poster for Band of Gypsys.
“This is more than the commemoration of an anniversary,” Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix, said in a statement. “That, of course, is something momentous, but it is also the celebration of a cathartic event in Jimi’s life…a sort of changing of the guards. He demonstrated that there was no limit to his musical landscape. It was broad and beautiful, and like the leader of a true band of gypsies, Jimi could go anywhere on the spectrum of genres and be at home there musically! This is our way of celebrating that part of Jimi’s journey.”
You can find the 50th anniversary edition of this landmark live album in shops on March 27. Or secure your copy online with the links below!
- Who Knows
- Machine Gun
Recorded January 1, 1970 Early Show
- Power To Love
- Message To Love
- We Gotta Live Together
Recorded January 1, 1970 Late Show