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The original album cover art shows Jimi Hendrix performing at Fillmore East under multi-colored lights. It is reproduced here three times in different sizes.
Band of Gypsys, which were Hendrix without The Jimi Hendrix Experience, his original group, but with Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums, recorded
the album live at Fillmore East on January 1, 1970. Band of Gypsys was Hendrix's last before he died of accidental drug overdose on September 18, 1970. The
image of Hendrix at left is from a poster I obtained from another source (which I couldn't locate anymore - many thanks to the artist!). It reminds me of the
tongues of fire that consumed his guitar on stage on the cover of Fire: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, his posthumous album. It is also like the spirit of Hendrix
hovering above his audience as he played on stage.
Jimi Hendrix is ranked as the greatest rock guitarist of all time.
This is the original album cover art design.
Album produced by Jimi Hendrix (listed as Heaven Research). Capitol 1970.
Track (Records) used album cover art which proved controversial. It depicted unflattering puppets or dolls that resembled Hendrix,
Brian Jones, Bob Dylan, and John Peel huddled next to a drab, corrugated backdrop. The significance of posing the three with
Hendrix was not evident as they had no known association with the Band of Gypsys nor the group's material. wikipedia
of funk rock. "Machine Gun" is generally regarded as the album's highlight and one of Hendrix's greatest achievements. The
influence of Band of Gypsys is heard in the funk rock developments of the 1970s and has been cited as an inspiration by various
later rock musicians.
and blues grooves. . . The funk-rock sound would change the face of black music, setting a template for the spectacular glam-
funk of the 1970s". Music writer Corey Washington adds, "the Band of Gypsys pioneered a unique style of funk that placed the
guitar in the mix right along with the bass. . . [they] took funk to the next level because of their rock background." wikipedia