Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show

Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show is a live album by Jimi Hendrix, featuring songs recorded during the first set at the Fillmore East in New York City on December 31, 1969. Hendrix is backed by Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums, a lineup frequently referred to as the Band of Gypsys. Except for "Hear My Train A Comin'" and "Lover Man", the eleven songs represent new material that had not been performed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show
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Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
RecordedDecember 31, 1969
VenueFillmore East, New York City
Genre
Length70:18
LabelLegacy
Producer
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival
(2015)
Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show
(2016)
Both Sides of the Sky
(2018)

The album further documents Hendrix's first of four sets on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with the Band of Gypsys.[1] It adds to the previously released material on Band of Gypsys (1970), Band of Gypsys 2 (1986), Live at the Fillmore East (1999), and West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (2010). All of the tracks, except for "Hear My Train A Comin'", "Changes" and "Izabella", appear for the first time on an official release.[1] As of November 22, 2019, they appear on the Fillmore East performances box set Songs for Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Retrospective reviews
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]

In a review for AllMusic, Sean Westergaard gave Machine Gun four out of five stars. He singles out the performances of "Hear My Train A Comin'" (previously released), "Machine Gun", and "Bleeding Heart" as "amazing" and "stunning".[2] Engineer Eddie Kramer receives credit for "a truly excellent mix".[2] Westergaard concludes with:

It's not really fair to compare Machine Gun to Band of Gypsys since one is a largely unedited complete performance and the other is the best cuts selected from a couple shows. That said, there are performances here that rival those of the original Band of Gypsys album.[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

No.TitleLead vocalLength
1."Power of Soul"Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles5:30
2."Lover Man"Hendrix3:14
3."Hear My Train A Comin'"Hendrix9:06
4."Changes" (Buddy Miles)Miles5:58
5."Izabella"Hendrix3:29
6."Machine Gun"Hendrix, Miles8:54
7."Stop" (Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman)Miles5:30
8."Ezy Ryder"Hendrix5:55
9."Bleeding Heart" (Elmore James)Hendrix6:38
10."Earth Blues"Hendrix6:24
11."Burning Desire"Hendrix9:40
Total length:70:18

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[3] 68
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[4] 29
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[5] 46
French Albums (SNEP)[6] 85
Italian Albums (FIMI)[7] 47
Scottish Albums (OCC)[8] 52
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[9] 94
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 80
US Billboard 200[11] 66

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69". jimihendrix.com (official website). Experience Hendrix. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Westergaard, Sean. "Machine Gun: Jimi Hendrix The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/1969". AllMusic. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Jimi Hendrix – Machine Gun - The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/1969" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Jimi Hendrix – Machine Gun - The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/1969" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Jimi Hendrix – Machine Gun - The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/1969" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Jimi Hendrix – Machine Gun - The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/1969". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Jimi Hendrix – Machine Gun - The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/1969". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  9. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES — SEMANA 40: del 30.09.2016 al 06.10.2016" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "Jimi Hendrix Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2016.