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Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Fillmore East

Which phase of Jimi Hendrix career was the most important? Depends on whom you ask.

Rockers, for example, are more likely to have dug his Are You Experienced/Axis: Bold as Love/Electric Ladyland work. But in the worlds of jazz, soul and funk, Hendrix short lived Band of Gypsys era is to many, ground zero, the point at which Hendrix started an experimental, funky, improvisational direction that is closer to Miles, Sly and Clinton than it is to Jeff Beck or Clapton. The classic Band of Gypsys album gave a brilliant, though incomplete snapshot of that period. The two-disc Hendrix: Live at the Fillmore East (Experience Hendrix, MCAD2-11931, 59:32, 55:38) completes the picture.

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