Band of Gypsys Return

The Band of Gypsys Return

by Billy Cox
     
 

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During his brief yet legendary career, the albums released during Jimi Hendrix's lifetime could be broken down into two categories -- psychedelic hard rock and funk/soul rock. The latter style could be pinpointed to the 1970 release Band of Gypsys, a live recording which saw Hendrix hook up with old pals Billy Cox (guitar) and Buddy…  See more details below

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During his brief yet legendary career, the albums released during Jimi Hendrix's lifetime could be broken down into two categories -- psychedelic hard rock and funk/soul rock. The latter style could be pinpointed to the 1970 release Band of Gypsys, a live recording which saw Hendrix hook up with old pals Billy Cox (guitar) and Buddy Miles (drums), and shy away from the pyrotechnics of his early days in favor of heavy jamming. Thirty-six years after the release of the Band of Gypsys' lone album comes a follow-up, Band of Gypsys Return, on which Hendrix's shoes are filled by such players as Eric Gales, Kid Rock's Kenny Olson, and Guitar World Magazine's Andy Aledort, among others. Comprised of both studio and live recordings, several Hendrix classics are revisited, as well as a pair of tunes penned by Cox for Jimmy Stewart (aka Buzzard), who was a musical influence on Hendrix and Cox (according to Cox's liner notes). For the most part, the renditions of the Hendrix classics follow the original versions closely -- especially Aledort's fine job of re-creating the long-and-winding solos of "Machine Gun," as well as Olson tackling "Stone Free." But elsewhere, tracks like "Manic Depression" get a significant overhauling, and the two aforementioned Stewart tribute tracks, "You've Got the Best in Town" and "Let Your Word Be Your Bond" fit in well. As evidenced by Band of Gypsys Return, Cox and Miles still make up one hell of a rhythm section. [Also included is a DVD, which includes performances, as well as interviews with both Cox and Miles.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
Label:
Image Entertainment
UPC:
0014381343229
catalogNumber:
3432

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Cox   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Gales   Guitar,Background Vocals
Buddy Miles   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Bashorun   Keyboards
Matt Frenette   Drums
Kenny Olson   Guitar
Sheldon Reynolds   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Nixon   Guitar,Background Vocals
Andy Aledort   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Buddy Miles   Producer
Billy Cox   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Janie Hendrix   Producer
James Nixon   Composer
John McDermott   Producer

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