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Jimi Hendrix Live At The Fillmore East (1999)

jimi1From musicdish.com

I have said this before when covering any Hendrix reissues, the best thing that could have ever happened to Jimi’s work is that his family took care of it. The Hendrix family, in cooperation with MCA Records, have been reissuing a tremendous amount of the live concert recordings and entailing the history of Jimi and his two groups, “The Experience” and “Band Of Gypsys.”

While Jimi’s studio work remains as relevant today as the day it was recorded, it’s the live work that has been shedding new light upon the musical genius of the man and the people that played keyed roles in developing his stage presence and sound. This particular reworked package comes from the Universal Music Group archives.

Buddy Miles (drums) and Billy Cox (bass) were the two new members of the Hendrix camp that assisted Jimi in taking his music in new directions. Although he kept things exciting with the use of wah-wah pedals and other technical wizardry of the day, he utilized the experience of Cox and Miles to create a blend of rock, soul, and rhythm and blues that remains unrivaled to this day. This two CD set expands upon the original release. The tracks “Burning Desire” and “Izabella,” make their debut, as do alternate versions of “Power Of Soul” and “Machine Gun.”

“We Gotta Live Together,” with the lead vocals handled by Miles, who has a very powerful voice, are a welcome change to the Hendrix sound. This newly found freedom and diversity allowed Jimi’s guitar playing to push itself to new boundaries in several genres simultaneously. As it states in the revealing liner notes- “The audience didn’t know what to expect from us, but from the time we hit that first note, they were in awe.” Yes indeed, this was jaw dropping playing by the entire group. The sound is phenomenal, and it will transport you to those four historical nights with ease.

Hendrix was right on the cusp of something big in the development of his music and persona, it’s a shame that it had to end as quickly as it began.

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May 18, 2013 - Posted by | Jimi Hendrix Live At The Fillmore East |

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