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Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts by Jimi Hendrix Now Out

Hendrix Final Album, Band of Gypsys, Celebrated with Remastered 50th Anniversary Vinyl Editions due March 27th     

By Harvey Kubernik © 2020 

Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released Songs For Groovy Children: The

The Band Of Gypsys featuring Jimi Hendrix, on stage at the Fillmore East, New York, NY January 1, 1970. Courtesy of Authentic Hendrix

Fillmore East Concerts by Jimi Hendrix, on CD and digital this past November, with a vinyl configuration that was issued December 13th

This collection assembles all four historic debut concerts by the legendary guitarist in their original performance sequence. The 5 CD or 8 vinyl set boasts over two dozen tracks that have either never before been released commercially or have been newly pressed and newly remixed. 

Over the course of four extraordinary years, Jimi Hendrix placed his indelible stamp upon popular music with breathtaking velocity.  Measured alongside his triumphs at Monterey Pop and Woodstock, Hendrix’s legendary Fillmore East concerts illustrated a critical turning point in a radiant career filled with indefinite possibilities.

The revolutionary impact Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles had upon the boundaries and definitions of rock, R&B, and funk can be traced to four concerts over the course of two captivating evenings.  

These performances were first celebrated by Band of Gypsys, which featured six songs from the two January 1, 1970 concerts, including “Machine Gun,” the album’s dramatic centerpiece. Issued in April 1970, Band of Gypsys challenged and surprised the wide following of Jimi Hendrix with its extended arrangements and vibrant mix of rock and soul. 

In June of 1969, at the height of their fame, The Jimi Hendrix Experience closed a musical chapter.  Before the shockwaves could settle, Hendrix assembled a new, expanded ensemble to perform at Woodstock in August. A new chapter was opened as Hendrix introduced Gypsy Sun and Rainbows.  The large ensemble included Jimi’s longtime friend Billy Cox, on bass, whom he had befriended when both were serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky in 1962.   Continue reading