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Jimi Hendrix Live Album 'Band Of Gypsys' To Be Reissued On Vinyl

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Jimi Hendrix's 1970 live album, Band of Gypsys is set to be reissued on vinyl on March 27 by Capitol/UME, to mark the album's 50th anniversary.

The album, the first effort from Hendrix without his original band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, was recorded by legendary engineer Wally Heider.

It captures Hendrix's two historic performances at New York's Fillmore East on New Year's Day. The record features some top fan favorites such as "Who Knows," "Machine Gun," and "Message to Love."

"This is more than the commemoration of an anniversary," said Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix, "that, of course, is something momentous, but it is also the celebration of a cathartic event in Jimi's life…a sort of changing of the guards."

"He demonstrated that there was no limit to his musical landscape," she added. "It was broad and beautiful, and like the leader of a true band of gypsies, Jimi could go anywhere on the spectrum of genres and be at home there musically! This is our way of celebrating that part of Jimi's journey."

The special 50th anniversary LP, made by mastering the original analog stereo tapes, will be available on 180-gram audiophile black vinyl as well as limited-edition 180-gram cream, red, yellow, and green swirl vinyl.

The LP will be packaged with an eight-page booklet that will contain rare images from the concerts and an essay by John McDermott. This special edition will also feature a 24" x 36" replica of Capitol Records' original promotional Band of Gypsys poster.

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