Band Of Gypsies [DVD] Review

artist: Jimi Hendrix date: 05/30/2006 category: compact discs
Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsies [DVD]
Release Date: 1999
This video collects rare footage from the two night stand at Filmore East, as well as interviews with Band Of Gypsies members Billy Cox and Buddy Miles, Jimi Hendrix Experience bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, and recording engineer Eddie Kramer, who worked with Hendrix on many of his original recordings.
 Sound: 8.5
 Content: 9.5
 Production Quality: 7
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.8
Band Of Gypsies [DVD] Reviewed by: snakeyes9510, on may 25, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: All of the songs on this DVD are live and sound amazing. They are recorded from the Fillmore East Auditorium on January 1st, 1970. He playes memorable songs like Machine Gun, Changes, and Who Knows. Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, and Jimi Hendrix all can play their instruments, without a doubt. But being a bassist, I was unsatisfied not being able to hear Billy very much. But it didn't take away from the sound of the whole DVD. // 9

Overall Impression: This DVD was really interesting to watch. Although it has a boring DVD case and doesn't look interesting, it will surely keep your eyes on the TV and your ears listening. The documentary section is really catchy and has some very interesting information that I have never heard before. The live concert section is also very good but the camera is crap and takes a little away from watching it. Overall, this DVD is very good and I would definatley buy it again if it were lost. // 9

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overall: 8.3
Band Of Gypsies [DVD] Reviewed by: NY773, on may 30, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: After the Gypsy Sun and Rainbows band got together for Woodstock in the summer of 1969, Jimi Hendrix wanted to experiment with a new sound. His Experience drummer, Mitch Mitchell, was in England and Jimi wanted to get a drummer to accompany Billy Cox's funky stylings on bass. He contacted Buddy Miles, and the all-black Band of Gypsies was formed. Jimi had the ability to play any kind of music with anyone at any time, so of course this worked out perfectly. Their styles seemed to just gel. They made some very innovative music that some seem to overlook because it's not "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" that's labeled. But that shouldn't happen. The Band of Gypsies may have been more talented musically than the Experience, so these assessments are unfair. This band sounds fantastic, on an even plain with anything the Experience did. // 8

Overall Impression: The "Machine Gun" performance is, like I said, comparable to the "Star-Spangled Banner" Woodstock performance, as well as the Led Zeppelin "The Song Remains the Same" concert footage of "Stairway to Heaven". The most impressive thing is most definitely "Machine Gun". That's almost half the reason someone buys it. The documentary is well worth watching to gain insight into how and why the Band of Gypsies really got together, and their unfortunate demise. I love the documentary and most of the concert footage. But the video quality is unfortunately subpar, especially for a monumental Jimi Hendrix performance like this. If this were stolen or lost, I would most definitely buy it again, if only for "Machine Gun" and the documentary. // 9

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