This is the complete live recordings by Jimi Hendrix and his Band of Gypsys - Jimi, Billy Cox & Buddy Miles - compiled from the best available soundboard and audience sources. Recorded December 31st 1969 and January 1st 1970 at the Fillmore East in New York City, and three tracks (two songs) from Madison Square Garden January 28th 1970.
"After attending to the successful defense of his drug possession charges in Toronto, Hendrix, in order to free his USA royalties that had been suspended by the USA courts, addressed his obligation to provide Ed Chalpin with an LP "of original material". Along with Billy Cox he hired another of his friends, drummer Buddy Miles (formerly with Wilson Pickett and The Electric Flag) for his Band of Gypsys project, they rehearsed for ten days at "Baggies" studio. They then performed a series of four concerts over the two nights of New Year and New Years day, which created the Band Of Gypsys LP, produced by Hendrix (under the name "Heaven Research"). This is the only official complete live LP released in his lifetime. This group also released a single Stepping Stone which was quickly withdrawn, and recorded several studio songs slated for Hendrix' future LP. Litigation involving Ed Chalpin continues until this day.
The second and final Band of Gypsys appearance occurred one month later (January 28, 1970) at a twelve-act show in Madison Square Garden a benefit for the massively popular anti Vietnam war Moratorium Committee, titled the "Winter Festival for Peace". Similar to Woodstock, set delays forced Hendrix to take the stage at an inopportune 3am, only this time he was obviously in no shape to play. He played a dismal rendition of "Who Knows" before snapping a vulgar response at a woman who shouted a request for "Foxy Lady". He lasted halfway through a second song, then simply stopped playing, telling the audience: "That's what happens when earth fucks with space—never forget that". He then sat down on the drum riser for a minute and then walked off stage. Various unverifiable assertions have been proffered to explain this bizarre scene. Buddy Miles claimed that manager Michael Jeffery dosed Hendrix with LSD in an effort to sabotage the current band and bring about the return of the Experience lineup, and guitarist Johnny Winter said it was Hendrix's girlfriend Devon Wilson who spiked his drink with drugs for unknown reasons".
Disc 1 (Incl. artwork): 1. Intro, 2. Power of Soul, 3. Lover Man, 4. Hear My Train a Comin', 5. Them Changes, 6. Izabella, 7. Machine Gun, 8. Stop, 9. Ezy Rider, 10. Bleeding Heart, 11. Earth Blues, 12. Burning Desire.
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Disc 2: 1. Also Sparch Zarathustra/Countdown/Happy New Year, 2. Aud Lang Syne, 3. Who Knows, 4. Stepping Stone, 5. Burning Desire, 6. Fire, 7. Ezy Rider, 8. Machine Gun, 9. Power of Soul, 10. Stone Free.
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Disc 3: 1. Them Changes, 2. Message to Love, 3. Stop, 4. Foxy Lady, 5. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), 6. Purple Haze.
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Disc 4: 1. Intro/Who Knows, 2. Machine Gun, 3. Them Changes, 4. Power of Soul, 5. Stepping Stone, 6. Foxy Lady, 7. Stop, 8. Earth Blues, 9. Burning Desire.
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Disc 5: 1. Stone Free, 2. Them Changes, 3. Power of Soul, 4. Message to Love, 5. Earth Blues, 6. Machine Gun.
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Disc 6: 1. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), 2. We Gotta Live Together, 3. Wild Thing, 4. Hey Joe, 5. Purple Haze, 6. Intro, 7. Who Knows, 8. Earth Blues
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