Mar 7, 2011

Billy Cox & Buddy Miles - The Band Of Gypsys Return (2006)

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Review by Greg Prato:
During his brief yet legendary career, the albums released during Jimi Hendrix's lifetime could be broken down into two categories: psychedelic hard rock and funk / soul rock. The latter style could be pinpointed to the 1970 release Band of Gypsys, a live recording which saw Hendrix hook up with old pals Billy Cox (bass guitar) and Buddy Miles (drums), and shy away from the pyrotechnics of his early days in favor of heavy jamming. Thirty-six years after the release of the Band of Gypsys' lone album comes a follow-up, Band of Gypsys Return, on which Hendrix's shoes are filled by such players as Eric Gales, Kid Rock's Kenny Olson, and Guitar World Magazine's Andy Aledort, among others. Comprised of both studio and live recordings, several Hendrix classics are revisited, as well as a pair of tunes penned by Cox for Jimmy Stewart (aka Buzzard), who was a musical influence on Hendrix and Cox (according to Cox's liner notes). For the most part, the renditions of the Hendrix classics follow the original versions closely-especially Aledort's fine job of re-creating the long-and-winding solos of "Machine Gun," as well as Olson tackling "Stone Free." But elsewhere, tracks like "Manic Depression" get a significant overhauling, and the two aforementioned Stewart tribute tracks, "You've Got the Best in Town" and "Let Your Word Be Your Bond" fit in well. As evidenced by Band of Gypsys Return, Cox and Miles still make up one hell of a rhythm section.
1. Power Of Soul
Billy Cox - bass & backing vocals
Buddy Miles - drums & vocals
Andy Aledor - guitar
Sheldon Reynolds - backing vocals

2. Machine Gun
Billy Cox - bass & backing vocals
Buddy Miles - drums & vocals
Andy Aledort - guitar
Sheldon Reynolds - backing vocals

3. Manic Depression
Buddy Miles - vocals
Henri Brown - bass
Matt Frenette - drums
Rick 'Hendrix' - guitar
Joe Bashorun - keyboards

4. You've Got The Best In Town
Billy Cox - bass & vocal
Jerry Stockard - drums
James Nixon - guitar & backing vocals
Shannon Wilford - harmonica
Gary Serkin - guitar

5. Let Your Word Be Your Bond
Billy Cox - bass & backing vocals
Eugene Golden - keyboards & backing vocals
Gary Serkin - guitar

6. Stone Free [Live]
Billy Cox - bass & vocals
Buddy Miles - drums
Kenny Olson - guitar

7. Power Of Soul [Live]
Billy Cox - bass
Buddy Miles - drums & backing vocals
Andy Aledort - guitar & backing vocals
Sheldon Reynolds - vocals

8. Who Knows [Live]
Billy Cox - bass
Buddy Miles - drums & backing vocals
Eric Gales - guitar & backing vocals
Sheldon Reynolds - guitar & vocals
Kenny Olson - guitar

9. Foxey Lady [Live]
Billy Cox - bass
Buddy Miles - drums
Eric Gales - lead guitar & vocals
Sheldon Reynolds - rhythm guitar


Eric said...

This one I never bothered to get,but I shall do so now after the preview of Machine Gun which sounds really good.
As a long time Hendrix collector I find @ some of the material,projects that have been issued since Jimi's death aren't always that interesting.
But now I shall finally take the plunge with this release.
Thanks Alex.

Grievousangel said...


I got problems downloading part 1, i tied 3 times, each time it fails at 145 Mo.
Have other people the same problem ?

Anyway, this site is great

hanalex said...

All parts are downloaded properly,
the album is downloaded more than 70 times...

Anonymous said...

the link is dead, thanks

hanalex said...