Nearly three decades after his untimely death in September 1970, Jimi Hendrix's legendary performances with the Band Of Gypsys remain one of his most impressive achievements.
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 evenings. The story of this groundbreaking music is told here in interviews with Jimi, and for the first time, all four of his bandmates, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles.
To create the documentary, Experience Hendrix teamed with the London based production company Apple/Arweld Ltd. Arweld Producers Neil Aspinall, Chips Chipperfield and Director Bob Smeaton were the same creative team responsible for the critically acclaimed documentary The Beatles Anthology.
Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsys features the only known footage of the group in concert, including "Machine Gun", "Who Knows", "Izabella", "Fire", "Foxey Lady", and a musical soundtrack which exclusively includes additional performances from the guitarist's December 31, 1969 and January 1, 1970 concerts which have not been included as part of Band Of Gypsys or Jimi Hendrix: Live At The Fillmore East.
Much of the documentary was filmed at Electric Lady Studios in New York. To help illustrate Jimi's approach to songwriting from his vantage point, Billy Cox strapped on his Fender bass to make several points during the filming. In particular, Billy detailed how his frequent jamming with Jimi led to the creation of songs such as "Power Of Soul". These intricate guitar lines and arrangements were highlighted by engineer Eddie Kramer, who returned to Electric Lady's Studio B to narrate track by track breakdowns of such Band Of Gypsys staples as "Message To Love" and "Ezy Ryder".
To document the extraordinary impact Jimi's revolutionary blending of rock and funk has achieved across a wide spectrum of popular music, contemporary guitarists Slash, Lenny Kravitz, and Vernon Reid spoke of the inspiration and continuing influence that Band Of Gypsys has provided. Don Cornelius, founder and producer of Soul Train and noted radio and television personality Frankie Crocker outline the hurdles Hendrix faced for acceptance at radio, television, and with an emerging black audience for his music.
Complete with new interviews and rare archival footage, the VHS home video edition of Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsys features an additional thirty minutes never broadcast on television. the most exciting and influential music this celebrated guitarist ever created.
The special edition DVD features additional material never broadcast on television or issued on home video. In addition to the full length documentary, fans can hear unreleased music, see Fillmore East concert video footage without interruption and view rare photographs from one of the greatest rock concerts of all time.
VHS running time: 83 minutes
DVD approximate running time: 130 minutes
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