Hendrix - Band of Gypsys

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how has this not been polled before / there's ONE very short thread about it

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Machine Gun 34
Who Knows 3
Power to Love 3
Changes 1
Message of Love 0
We Gotta Live Together 0


flappy bird, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 05:16 (five months ago) Permalink

This album rules, but I've just realized I haven't listened to it in years. I will listen soon and then vote. If memory serves, I'll be voting for "Machine Gun".

JRN, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 05:47 (five months ago) Permalink

Machine Gun is the standout, although the whole first side is great

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 06:05 (five months ago) Permalink

Maybe it hasn't been polled because everyone would vote for "Machine Gun"?

Anyway, I think that this, along with the live "Dazed and Confused", was an early introduction to noisy guitar improv. Maybe still my favourite Hendrix.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:47 (five months ago) Permalink

This will be one of the most one-sided polls ever, yeah. And rightly so

imago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Not that there's anything wrong with the other tracks but 'Machine Gun' is about as classic as it gets. Possibly my favourite thing by him as well.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:59 (five months ago) Permalink

A poll pitting Hendrix's 'Machine Gun' vs. Brötzmann's would've been more interesting imho.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:01 (five months ago) Permalink

Machine Gun vs Maggot Brain

imago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:04 (five months ago) Permalink

sounds like a zombie movie

star wars ep viii: the bay of porgs (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:07 (five months ago) Permalink

Which one would you choose if someone were pointing a machine gun at you?

pomenitul, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:09 (five months ago) Permalink

Both supposedly definitive works of electric guitar art. I wonder what can be added to the canon...

imago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:10 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah i mean this is definitely machine gun

a poll of songs named machine gun would RULE. not just brotzmann, throw in the commodores, portishead, the riptides, slowdive, janko nilovic, and jerry's kids. though honestly i'd only expect the first three and hendrix to get votes.

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Which one would you choose if someone were pointing a machine gun at you?

― pomenitul

who knows?

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:11 (five months ago) Permalink

pat benatar's 'hit me with your best shot' is the logical next choice obv xxp

star wars ep viii: the bay of porgs (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Another vote for 'Machine Gun' here, although this album is far from my favourite Hendrix.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:14 (five months ago) Permalink

really love how hard-drivin message of love is, and the riff to "who knows" is as good as anything else on the album

was my favorite hendrix album for a long time, maybe still. it's the most jammy. no silly song structures to get in the way.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:21 (five months ago) Permalink

great album, machine gun certainly stands out, but everything ranges from solid to really great. if i weren't to vote for machine gun, it would be either who knows or power of love.

power of love was definitely a mistake on the record sleeve, right? he sings "power of soul" approximately 100 times but "power of love" zero

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:33 (five months ago) Permalink

*the title "power of love"

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:33 (five months ago) Permalink

Giving this all a listen now. Been about 15/20 years since I last heard it

imago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:41 (five months ago) Permalink

Power To Love makes one hell of an entrance doesn't it? No shade on Redding (ok, some) but this bassist is sick

imago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:43 (five months ago) Permalink

hendrix was smart to keep billy cox around. he was also smart to bring mitch mitchell back on drums.

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:45 (five months ago) Permalink

*howls of anguish at what might have been*

imago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:46 (five months ago) Permalink

(more than any other musician ever tbh)

imago, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:46 (five months ago) Permalink

machine gun

i had revisited this album a few years ago and found it a little disappointing apart from machine gun tbh

marcos, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:06 (five months ago) Permalink

i don't really like buddy miles as a vocalist that much

marcos, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:08 (five months ago) Permalink

voted for "Who Knows," the first solo made me want to play guitar. "Machine Gun" is obviously the masterpiece, absolutely stunning & devastating from beginning to end, I think I agree with Trey Anastasio (yikes!) that the screaming high note at ~4 minutes is the most intense note ever played on an electric guitar. but "Who Knows" was my way in.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 19:51 (five months ago) Permalink

Buddy Miles p much ruins this album for me

but Machine Gun is a masterpiece

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 21:01 (five months ago) Permalink

voted 'Power to Love'. it has my favorite grooves and solos. definitely a listen to the whole album kind of album, though.

Tapes 'n Tapes of Osho (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 21:14 (five months ago) Permalink

Just pulled it out. The LP sounds so good! I was actually reminded of how much I enjoy side 2.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 12 April 2018 13:16 (five months ago) Permalink

I actually like Miles's vocals on this record but tbh I'm not really a fan of Hendrix's own voice.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 12 April 2018 13:30 (five months ago) Permalink

*record scratch*

imago, Thursday, 12 April 2018 13:32 (five months ago) Permalink

I'm not really a fan of Hendrix's own voice

Neither was he.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 13:58 (five months ago) Permalink

Listening to this for the first time in decades, had completely forgotten all the doodly-scatting in "Who Knows."

I love Hendrix' voice, and I'm not even much of a Hendrix fan.

No energy, only great chaos (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:57 (five months ago) Permalink

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Tapes 'n Tapes of Osho (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:07 (five months ago) Permalink

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marcos, Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:12 (five months ago) Permalink

lol

Tapes 'n Tapes of Osho (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:19 (five months ago) Permalink

isn't there a story about jimi cutting most of that stuff in the studio? and there's still so much.

Tapes 'n Tapes of Osho (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Eddie Kramer:

Mixing the Band of Gypsys album was a challenge. It was like Jimi was really almost pressured into doing it. Hearing Buddy's [vamping or musical improvisation] seemed to bother him. We were sitting there and he was like. 'Oh man, I wish Buddy would shut the fuck up.' He would listen to him and say, 'Can we cut some of those parts out?' I ended up editing a lot of Buddy's quote unquote 'jamming', where he would go off and sing a lot.[80]

Supposedly 10 minutes of Buddy's scatting in "We Gotta Live Together" was cut.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:34 (five months ago) Permalink

if only jimi had lived. he would have heard chris frantz on Stop Making Sense's 'Genius of Love' and realize what he had.

Tapes 'n Tapes of Osho (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:45 (five months ago) Permalink

"Buddy Miiiiiiiiiles, Buddy Miiiiiiiiles!"

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No energy, only great chaos (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:54 (five months ago) Permalink

If I'm remembering correctly Band of Gypsies was kind of a big deal when it came out on CD, as it had been out of print for years on LP.

earlnash, Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:04 (five months ago) Permalink

the murk of hendrix records in the latter alan douglas days was something else. rainbow bridge was only on bootleg, there were old tapes of "nine to the universe" still floating about, before "the ultimate experience" the best-known comp was "the essential jimi hendrix" with that weird-ass version of "gloria", every other hendrix record was another truck-stop reissue of the curtis knight stuff or a copy of "high, live and dirty", there was something called the "jimi hendrix reference library" with records called "fuzz and wah-wah", "octavia and univibe", and one record with like eight versions of "red house". and that's not even getting into the bootlegs!

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Friday, 13 April 2018 00:29 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

That long jam "Young/Hendrix" from one the West Coast Seattle Boy box set is pretty hot with Buddy Miles on drums, Dave Holland on bass and Larry Young on organ. There are definitely sections you could hear in your mind how a certain trumpet player might have rode on the rhythms.

earlnash, Friday, 27 April 2018 01:51 (four months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:01 (four months ago) Permalink

Man, I like Buddy Miles as a drummer way more than Mitch Mitchell, and I like his voice too. But uh well I've never actually heard this album...just the Live at the Fillmore East record with this lineup, which I listened to a ton. I can't imagine that any fan of this band wouldn't love that live album.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:14 (four months ago) Permalink

Man, I like Buddy Miles as a drummer way more than Mitch Mitchell

― change display name (Jordan)

what

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:22 (four months ago) Permalink

'Machine Gun' is so fucking rad.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:24 (four months ago) Permalink

i like meg white as a drummer way more than max roach

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:36 (four months ago) Permalink

They got different styles. Buddy has that big R&B fat backbeat style wheras Mitch Mitchell likes to throw in Elvin Jones jazz licks and do all sorts of doubling up on the patterns.

earlnash, Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:40 (four months ago) Permalink

i mean, i guess you could put it that way. i just feel like hendrix, as a guitar player, got a lot of benefit from having a drummer who could listen to him and support him, and not as much benefit from a drummer who would just play snare rolls irregardless of what hendrix was doing.

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:48 (four months ago) Permalink

Oh I thought you were being sarcastic about the Meg White thing, but I guess not?

Yeah Buddy Miles has that pocket & a big sound. I was definitely influenced here by my first drum teacher, who was a big Bonham and James Brown guy and put me on to the Fillmore record. I hadn't really enjoyed a Hendrix record before, haven't re-evaluated this opinion since.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:20 (four months ago) Permalink

i just wrote like three different posts and erased them all

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 11 May 2018 00:01 (four months ago) Permalink

too close.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 11 May 2018 00:02 (four months ago) Permalink

should repeat w no machine gun

the late great, Friday, 11 May 2018 00:16 (four months ago) Permalink

That long jam "Young/Hendrix" from one the West Coast Seattle Boy box set is pretty hot with Buddy Miles on drums, Dave Holland on bass and Larry Young on organ. There are definitely sections you could hear in your mind how a certain trumpet player might have rode on the rhythms.

I interviewed Dave Holland the other week and asked him about playing with Hendrix, among many, many other things.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 11 May 2018 00:59 (four months ago) Permalink


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