Permanent Records: Band Of Gypsys was Jimi Hendrix’s funky contractual obligation

Permanent Records is an ongoing closer look at the records that matter most.

As incredible as it seems with so many now available, Jimi Hendrix released only one official live album during his lifetime. Band Of Gypsys was born out of a compromise. It wasn’t a record that consummate studio rat Hendrix ever intended on creating. But when faced with the proposition, he took on the project and attempted to break from his past and create something entirely different. The album was the stopgap that presaged many different musical movements that would prosper in the immediate aftermath of his death. It also offers a unique glimpse into one of the roads Hendrix himself might have taken eventually.

In the summer of 1965, the guitarist was still scrounging out an existence in the musical circuit around New York City under a number of different aliases, like Maurice James or Jimmy …

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