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Listening to Jimi Hendrix "Band of Gypies"

It's one of the best live Hendrix albums out there... none of that radio junk like "Purple Haze" or "Foxy Lady" on it...

Lengthy songs with plenty of improv jam sessions done at the Filmore East on New Year's Eve 1970....

Anyway, I believe he was tripping when he wrote this particular song... LOL !


Power of Soul..... a few excerpts...



ONE TROPIC SUMMER THOSE HIGH FLYIN' MANS YOU'VE BEEN THINKIN'
YOU KNOW THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN FLYIN' TOO LOW, OH
LOOK UP AT SOME OF THOSE AIRPLANES RISIN' AND TAKIN'
TO SEE THE ONES THAT ARE FLYIN' TO LOW
YEAH...
TALK ABOUT

WITH THE POWER OF SOUL
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
WITH THE POWER OF YOU
ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO

FLYIN' THROUGH THE AIR ON A KITE EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT
JUST UP THERE, IT ESCAPE HER WRIST
SOMETIMES THE WIND AIN'T RIGHT
YEAH, I'M PLAYIN' TOO MUCH WITH ONE TOY BABY
JUST UP THERE, IT ESCAPE TO THE CRIPPLED NIGHT
OH YEAH

FLYIN' TOO MUCH TODAY
IT'S SO GROOVY TO FLOAT AROUND SOMETIMES
EVEN A JELLY FISH WILL TELL YOU THAT
I SAID FLOATAION IS GROOVY
AND HE SAID
AND A JELLY FISH WILL AGREE TO THAT

YEAH, BUT THAT OLD JELLY FISH
BEEN FLOATIN' AROUND SO LONG
LORD HE AIN'T GOT A BONE IN HIS JELLY BACK
FLOATIN' EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT
RIDNIN' HIGH IS A RISK
SOMETIMES THE WIND AIN'T RIGHT

...........
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I've got that live album. The first track is funky as hell. I agree, Band of Gypsies is better than the played out Experience stuff.

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Band of Gypsys - Power of Soul:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK97og3tDzY

The amazing thing about this band is that they did not have a lot of time to rehearse due to schedule conflicts. A lot of these songs from this concert were works in progress and may have sounded different each night.
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I will be looking for this cd tonight.
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That album is great. My brother got to record with Buddy Miles right before he died, and he just looked shell-shocked that entire week. He was just amazed at all the different shit he was learning.

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Machine Gun... from the same night....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVvtIS2YGVI
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funny story about Hendrix music

In 1968 I had a buddy that bought a new S package Barracuda. One of the first things he did was go to Gibsons department store and buy a Learjet 8 track player for it. He ask also bought a tape to play on it after he installed it.
He got it installed and stuck the tape in and called me to come over because he had to pull it out and take it back, it must have been a defect. I got there and ask what's up, he stuck the Hendrix "Are you Expierenced" tape in and said this thing is draging or something. He had ask the sales person at the store what everyone was listening too and the sales guy had told him Hendrix so he bought it. My buddy was a country and western fan and had never heard Jimi. I told him that was the way it was supposed to sound. He laughed and said "who listens to that shit", I said " I do".
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Anyway, I believe he was tripping when he wrote this particular song... LOL !
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Yeah... but I don't know if he was tripping that night when he played it. Everything sounds pretty loose, but dead on for that concert, like he was playing from the soul.

I hear that Phil Graham asked him very kindly to do away with the showmanship and concentrate on his musical abilities and make it a recording to remember.
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I hear that Phil Graham asked him very kindly to do away with the showmanship and concentrate on his musical abilities and make it a recording to remember.
That was because it was a recording that had to sell. It wasn't an "Experience," record because he had to satisfy a previous contractual obligation from some bad contracts he signed early on.

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Great album.

SRV> Band of Gypsys > Hendrix's other work
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Great album.

SRV> Band of Gypsys > Hendrix's other work
We have to remember that a ton of Stevie Ray's songs, were Hendrix covers. I was 10 when Hendrix died, and though I didn't appreciate his work at the time (at 10), by the time I was 15 or so, I did. Almost every rock guitarist since (including SRV) credits Hendrix as their inspiration. It's true that SRV's rendition of "Little Wing" or "Voodoo Chile", has more zing and flair than the Hendrix versions. It's much easier to take something and make it better, than to invent it. Just look at the automobile...

Oh, and 93LXHORSE, the reason I know Hendrix was stoned when he wrote/performed that song? He was still alive, wasn't he?

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i'm listening to the greatest hits cd right now
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In 1968 I had a buddy that bought a new S package Barracuda. One of the first things he did was go to Gibsons department store and buy a Learjet 8 track player for it. He ask also bought a tape to play on it after he installed it.
He got it installed and stuck the tape in and called me to come over because he had to pull it out and take it back, it must have been a defect. I got there and ask what's up, he stuck the Hendrix "Are you Expierenced" tape in and said this thing is draging or something. He had ask the sales person at the store what everyone was listening too and the sales guy had told him Hendrix so he bought it. My buddy was a country and western fan and had never heard Jimi. I told him that was the way it was supposed to sound. He laughed and said "who listens to that shit", I said " I do".
haha...

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We have to remember that a ton of Stevie Ray's songs, were Hendrix covers.
This is entirely true, no doubt. I just can't think of a single Hendrix song where I didn't care for the SRV rendition 10x more.
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Machine Gun... from the same night....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVvtIS2YGVI
I can't see youtube vids at work but Machine Gun is on of my fav Hendrix tunes.

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