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Weekly Vinyl – Hendrix

18 Jul

Band of Gypsys
Jimi Hendrix
(1970)
SONY DSC
This is definitely a trip to hear. Jimi Hendrix live.
But this is not just a live compilation of his hits. This was a recording of more or less a one-off concert that Jimi did with different musicians than from the Jimi Hendrix experience.
It is more bluesy. More soulful. Less hooky and very much more original.
Hendrix’s guitar has always been at the forefront of his music and it really shines here. Since there is less structure to the songs, the guitar is freer – and it really comes across. He makes the guitar sing and snarl. Cry and cringe. Wail and wallop the listener across the ears.
There is subtlety in the music as well. It is not just straight ahead virtuoso thrashing. The music surges in waves making the listener wish they could have been at the Fillmore East in New York on New Years Eve 1969-70.
The recording exists and we are all the better for it.