Well, this is one artist that doesn’t really need any introducing and one track that is mighty fine! I have to admit, however, that part of the songs appeal goes to the accompanying vocals of drummer Buddy Miles, whose voice I think particularly enhances this fantastic track.
Recorded in January 1 1970, Band of Gypsys was a live album performed at the Fillmore East in New York City and later released in March that same year. This was also the first album that Jimi Hendrix recorded without his original group, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the last album he released before his death.
A close friend also told me a story about the original sleeve and it goes a little something like this, (see above picture for album cover!):
“The original UK album sleeve, rather than use the grainy live concert image of Hendrix we are all familiar with, had an inexplicable photo of a collection of puppets. They had no relation to the actual Band of Gypsys other than one of the puppets supposedly being Jimi himself. The others though were Brian Jones, Bob Dylan and the DJ John Peel. Glancing amusedly at the original album cover in 2004 Peel quipped “I’m the only one left alive on there now”. Pointing out that Dylan was still very much alive and well Peel, never a huge admirer of Bob, shot back “huh… well he’s nearly dead!“