Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys/Fillmore East concerts to be released in full – box set released in November

Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys concerts have become the stuff of legend.  Fans have been given various highlights into their four Fillmore shows from 1969/70, but now the picture is to be completed with the release of a lavish new box set, ‘Songs For Groovy Children’.

Following the dissolution of the Jimi Hendrix Experience after just three albums, Hendrix formed a new group with Buddy Miles on drums and his old army pal Billy Cox taking on bass duties.  The Band of Gypsys made their debut at The Fillmore East on New Years Eve 1969.  That day, they played two shows; two further shows followed on New Years Day.

The concerts were originally marked with a six track LP release in 1970, but over the years, demand for more material has seen a 2CD set (featuring highlights from all four shows) and a documentary film released.  In 2016, the Hendrix Family released the first show in uncut form and it was only a matter of time before fans were given the rest.

November 22nd will see the release of the 5CD box set, containing every note played during the four now legendary performances.  At last, fans will be able to experience the complete picture.

According to official press materials, the new set “...comes with a package filled with previously unseen photos from photographers Amalie Rothschild, Jan Blom and Marc Franklin. In addition, Billy Cox shares a remembrance of the run and author/journalist/filmmaker Nelson George provides liner notes. Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott produced the set, which was mastered by Bernie Grundman.”

A trailer and full tracklisting can be found below.

A vinyl set, presenting the music in an 8LP configuration, is to be released on December 13th.

Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts 5CD Collection Tracklist

Disc One – 12/31/69 1st Set

Power Of Soul
Lover Man
Hear My Train A Comin’
Machine Gun
Ezy Ryder
Bleeding Heart
Earth Blues
Burning Desire

Disc Two – 12/31/69 2nd Set

Auld Lang Syne%
Who Knows%
Ezy Ryder*
Machine Gun%
Stone Free
Message To Love*
Foxey Lady

Disc Three – 1/1/70 1st Set

Who Knows
Machine Gun
Power Of Soul%
Stepping Stone%
Foxey Lady+
Earth Blues+
Burning Desire%

Disc Four – 1/1/70 2nd Set

Stone Free%
Power Of Soul#
Message To Love#
Machine Gun%
Lover Man*
Steal Away*
Earth Blues%

Disc Five

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)%
We Gotta Live Together#
Wild Thing%
Hey Joe*
Purple Haze*

*previously unreleased
+first time on CD/LP/streaming (previously only available as part of concert film)
#longer, unedited versions of previously released material, and newly remixed
%back in print on CD/LP for the first time in a decade, and newly remixed