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
Hear My Train A Comin’
Disc Two – 12/31/69 2nd Set
Auld Lang Syne%
Message To Love*
Disc Three – 1/1/70 1st Set
Power Of Soul%
Disc Four – 1/1/70 2nd Set
Power Of Soul#
Message To Love#
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)%
We Gotta Live Together#
+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