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"Power Of Soul" - Jimi Hendrix & Band of Gypsys First Show at Fillmore East, NY on December 31, 1969 [YouTube Audio Single]

Francesco Marano

by Francesco Marano

Published August 11, 2016

On September 30, a new Jimi Hendrix archival live album titled Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 will be released. Above, you can listen to Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys perform "Power of Soul," which will be included on the album.

This was the debut concert for Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys trio that included bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. Although Hendrix had become a star with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, his playing with the Band of Gypsys allowed him to explore his funk and soul playing in more depth. This performance of "Power Of Soul" highlights the deep groove that the trio could lock into while still retaining Hendrix's spectacular guitar playing.

Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 documents the first of four concerts the band would play at the legendary Fillmore East venue celebrating New Year's Eve with two performances on December 31 and two on January 1, 1970. Recordings from January 1 were released in 1970 on the Band of Gypsys LP, which was the last album Hendrix would release in his lifetime. Other highlights from the 2-night run were released on a 2 CD & DVD collection called Live at the Fillmore East in 1999.

On the official Jimi Hendrix website, Billy shared his memories of the night:

We didn’t know what to expect from the audience and the audience didn’t know what to expect from us, but from the time we hit that first note, they were in awe. You had Jimi Hendrix, a drummer who had been with the Electric Flag and Wilson Pickett, and I was the new kid on the block.

The music was mixed by longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer from the original masters. Pick up Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 on Amazon.

For more music and news about Jimi Hendrix, check out his Zumic artist page.

Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix - Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 album cover art

Source: Jimi Hendrix VEVO YouTube

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