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Jimi Hendrix / Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts

5CD or 8LP vinyl boxes •  Full concerts unedited • Many previously unreleased tracks • Newly mixed

Sony’s Legacy Recordings will issue a new live Jimi Hendrix box set on vinyl and CD this winter. Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts assembles all four historic debut concerts by the legendary guitarist as originally performed.

This is Hendrix with his ‘Band of Gypsys’ – a trio of himself, Billy Cox on bass and Electric Flag drummer Buddy Miles. They group debuted with four concerts, over two evenings, that literally marked the end of the 1960s and ushered in the 1970s. These shows were at the Fillmore East in Manhattan – two on New Year’s Eve 1969 and two on New Year’s Day 1970, each of which were professionally recorded.

The live album Band of Gypsys album was issued only four months later, in March 1970 and was edited and sequenced from songs performed during the two Fillmore sets on 1 January 1970. But it only featured six songs. These news sets take things considerably further, as you might expect.

Both 5CD and 8LP vinyl box sets contain the four shows in full. The audio has been newly mixed (by Eddie Kramer) and restored in sequence without edits. In total there is over two dozen tracks that have either never before been released commercially or have been newly pressed and newly remixed. All audio was mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Bernie Grundman.

The package comes with a booklet with unseen photos and remembrances from bassist Billy Cox and sleeve notes courtesy of Nelson George.

Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts is out as a 5CD set on 22 November, with the 8LP vinyl box following on 13 December 2019.

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Jimi Hendrix – Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts 5CD collection

12/31/69 1st Set:

CD 1

1) Power Of Soul
2) Lover Man
3) Hear My Train A Comin’
4) Changes
5) Izabella
6) Machine Gun
7) Stop
8) Ezy Ryder
9) Bleeding Heart
10) Earth Blues
11) Burning Desire

12/31/69 2nd Set:

CD 2

1) Auld Lang Syne%
2) Who Knows%
3) Fire
4) Ezy Ryder*
5) Machine Gun%
6) Stone Free
7) Changes*
8) Message To Love*
9) Stop*
10) Foxey Lady

1/1/70 1st Set:

CD 3

1) Who Knows
2) Machine Gun
3) Changes+
4) Power Of Soul%
5) Stepping Stone%
6) Foxey Lady+
7) Stop%
8) Earth Blues+
9) Burning Desire%

1/1/70 2nd Set:

CD 4

1) Stone Free%
2) Power Of Soul#
3) Changes#
4) Message To Love#
5) Machine Gun%
6) Lover Man*
7) Steal Away*

8) Earth Blues%

CD 5

1) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)%
2) We Gotta Live Together#
3) Wild Thing%
4) Hey Joe*
5) Purple Haze*

*previously unreleased

+ 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

Jimi Hendrix – Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts 8LP vinyl collection

12/31/69 1st Set:

LP 1

Side 1

1) Power Of Soul
2) Lover Man
3) Hear My Train A Comin’

Side 2

1) Changes
2) Izabella
3) Machine Gun

LP 2

Side 1

1) Stop
2) Ezy Ryder
3) Bleeding Heart

Side 2

1) Earth Blues
2) Burning Desire

12/31/69 2nd Set:

LP 3

Side 1

1) Auld Lang Syne%
2) Who Knows  %
3) Fire

Side 2

1) Ezy Ryder*
2) Machine Gun%

LP 4

Side 1

1) Stone Free
2) Changes*

Side 2

1) Message To Love*
2) Stop*
3) Foxey Lady

1/1/70 1st Set:

LP 5

Side 1

1) Who Knows  +
2) Machine Gun+

Side 2

1) Changes+
2) Power Of Soul%
3) Stepping Stone%

4) Foxey Lady+

LP 6

Side 1

1) Stop %
2) Earth Blues+
3) Burning Desire%

1/1/70 2nd Set:

Side 2

1) Stone Free%
2) Power Of Soul#

LP 7

Side 1

1) Changes#
2) Message To Love#

Side 2

1) Machine Gun%
2) Lover Man*
3) Steal Away*

LP 8

Side 1

1) Earth Blues%
2) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)%
3) We Gotta Live Together#

Side 2

1) Wild Thing%
2) Hey Joe*
3) Purple Haze*

*previously unreleased

+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

38 responses to Jimi Hendrix / Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts

  1. Bob Kise says:

    I believe the actual order of songs for the Dec 31,1969, 2nd set are as follows:

    Auld Lang Syne
    Who Knows
    Stepping Stone
    Burning Desire
    Fire
    Ezy Ryder
    Machine Gun
    Power of Soul
    Stone Free
    Them Changes
    Message to Love
    Stop
    Foxey Lady
    Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
    Purple Haze

  2. Adey says:

    I will Definitely be buying the 5cd set.
    I’ve been into Hendrix for the past 30 years or so. To this day, when i listen to any of the JH live cds in my collection, i often hear something new that I’ve never noticed in the past, no matter how many times I’ve already played the cd.
    I can see hours of fun from this set!

  3. DPman says:

    Seems to be a great set and definitely on my Christmas shopping list. Just wish that the Winterland box would have been more complete.

  4. Jarmo Keranen says:

    I own the six disc “2 Nights At Fillmore” collection. It was released by Voodoo Chile Records in 2007 and printed in New Zealand. Limited edition was 2000 copies or so it says in the cover. Compared to this new edition it contains Burning Desire three times, Power Of Soul four times and Voodoo Chile two times, but Lover Man only once and omits Steal Away. It also contains Also Sprach Zarathustra before Auld Lang Syne. Version i own contains 46 tracks and this new one contains 43. After first set and last five tracks running order of tracks is slightly different. When compared to official Jimi Hendrix live recordings this sounds like a very good bootleg which i think it is. Box says “Manafactured under license from the Michael Jeffrey Estate. Everyone who knows history of Hendrix and Jeffrey know what that means!

  5. Paul says:

    Loved band of gypsy one of the best albums ever made only disappointment only six songs waited nearly fifty years for this.

  6. Peter says:

    The CD set is $41.14 right now at importcds.com. Can’t beat that…

  7. David McIntyre says:

    I may buy this. I always loved Live at Winterland (the old castle communications release from 198something) so bought the massive boxset of Winterland and exhausted myself over that. I may do the same with this as I really like the band of Gypsies.
    Jimi and Prince boxsets coming out, I’m off to lie down

    • Uncle Meat says:

      That Winterland box set is really great although it isn’t complete, it is heavily edited and the Kramer mix is quite soft round the edges. Anyone interested, the six cd set “3 Nights At Winterland” – warts and all – is highly recommended.

      I have no interest in this set mainly because of Cox and Miles. And the best tracks and performances from these gigs were already released in 1970 on the original LP.

  8. bruce kelso says:

    here are the 6 missing tracks from 12/31/69 2nd set. stepping stone.burning desire,power of soul .sunshine of your love,voodoo child.purple haze. guess we will have to wait for a explanation as to why they are.any more info I get I will post.

  9. madman says:

    This does look good, though I hate the title. I imagine it’s from one of Hendrix’s comments at some point during this run. If the price drops, I’d be more than happy to get the vinyl version.

    Another reason much of this was edited was because Buddy Miles’ call-and response “things” didn’t work well out of the concert context. Apparently, they seemed interminable when the shows were listened to later on. Hendrix supposedly said “Will somebody tell Buddy to shut the f**k up?” after hearing some of them.

  10. bruce kelso says:

    this is one of my musical dreams to have all 4 sets in super quality. will wait on the vinyl tho but the cd set is bought. will of course get it later.

  11. Shane says:

    Even though they were realky cheaper, lets not forget about inflation: 6 USD in 1969 are not 6 USD in 2019 (you kind of make it sound like that).

  12. Andrea says:

    As others said, part of this material has been released multiple times, so if you bought those previous reissues, it could be annoying…
    But it’s great material, with a band that in my opinion was even better than the Experience, and it should be the ultimate Fillmore East box, with all the releasable tracks and great audio… a welcome release.

  13. Harcourt Fenton Mudd says:

    for anyone who is not a completionist and does not NEED to have ALL 4 shows……….

    the first show out of these 4 was excellently reported BY THIS VERY SAME WEBSITE as being released 3 glorious years ago:

    https://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/jimi-hendrix-machine-gun-the-fillmore-east-first-show-123169/#more-125457

    and can be purchased right now for a proportionate fraction of the cost of the whole 4 shows!

    rejoice!

  14. Michael says:

    BTW, I couldn’t help noticing on the box set cover that the orchestra seating concert ticket for the Fillmore East Hendrix show was only $6.00 USD! Boy, those were the days!

  15. paul wren says:

    Thanks for the early heads up – vinyl order via Amazon UK. Hurrah!!!

  16. Paul Taylor says:

    The LP box is certainly good value at the price. While still in excess of £100 the content wipes the floor with others with much less to listen to.
    Unfortunately my wallet can’t stretch to everything I’d like and I’ve already got a few preorders in the pipeline in the run up to Xmas. Mind you, I did but a lottery ticket tonight! Never say never…..

  17. Iain says:

    I’m (possibly) in the minority here, but I really like the Band Of Gypsys…. Buddy Miles and Billy Cox were the really solid foundation that Hendrix needed.

  18. Michael says:

    Very nice looking definitive box set. But like quite a few Hendrix devotees, I’ve already kind of exhausted myself collecting so many different versions of this Fillmore East concert on vinyl LPs, CDs, and DVD. For those who don’t own much, or any Band of Gypsys material, I would say they should definitely get it!

    What I REALLY want is the SACD of “Are You Experienced?” remastered by Bernie Grundman that has been “TBA” or “coming soon” posted on multiple music websites for over a year now!

  19. Marc says:

    I’m not a huge fan but this seems to be pretty interesting. I’m in!

  20. Eric says:

    For the better part of 2 decades I’ve been sending email to the Hendrix family to compile and release these shows… Bootlegs of all of the shows have circulated and their quality was mixed at best. I wondered for A VERY LONG time whether these would get a proper release. The fans who love these performances are not getting any younger. Glad now is the time….Absolute no brainer… ORDERED.

  21. Phil Cohen says:

    The set is almost complete. While all of the songs performed in this series of concerts are represented, not all of the takes are included. 5 selections from the December 31st second set are not included. One was a breakdown take where the group stopped playing mid-song, 2 others had severe tuning issues, while two other songs may not have been professionally recorded.

  22. Al Duchaney says:

    PopMarket to US $52.05 (with 6.25% tax)

    • David Bly says:

      Actually it depends where you live. Where I live it would be 8% tax.

      Plus, as of right now, online companies can only charge tax to people in states where they do business, which almost always means NY (where I live) and CA, but can include other states, depending on where they have a physical presence.

      Various states are trying to change this (i.e., so they can get that precious tax money that they don’t get cause they have few online businesses there), and also the federal government is getting in on this, cause of course they want their opportunities to royally screw people over too.
      Trump is keen to do this because of Jeff Bezos who owns his nemesis The Washington Post and of course, Amazon. Of course in typical Trumpian fashion, it would be the customers would would pay more, not Bezos or Amazon.

      I buy a lot of US indie stuff from companies based in states like Indiana, Washington (state), North Carolina, and Tennessee, and as such I pay no sales tax to them.

      Semi-related, depending of the varying prices in different countries, with the really expensive boxes it often pays to get them from Canada or Europe (which still includes the UK, despite Boris) as often the shipping is less than my NY state taxes, plus the countries that have VAT don’t charge that to US addresses.
      It’s shy I ordered two of the Prince “1999” releases from Canada.

    • tom m hans says:

      do they charge right away or when items are shipped?

  23. BenK says:

    G-R-E-A-T!

  24. Pete Stevens says:

    The forth attempt to get this right….Band of Gypsies,Live at the Fillmore East and the recent Machine Gun.Hendrix fans won’t be fooled again!!!!

  25. BTH says:

    No-one in history can have been so posthumously prodigious. And as for that title! :-(

    • David Bly says:

      Well, it’s not that Jimi is posthumously prodigious, it’s that he was very prodigious when he was alive, and as he was a master musician, much of all that stuff is great.
      As for the title, while I could not find the proof during a cursory search*, I suspect that it is something that Jimi once said, likely to the audience, as that sounds like something that he would say.

      *These days, when everyone and their sister posts something about a new album, or a new film, or a new book, it becomes harder and harder to separate the wheat from the chaff and actually find the info you want.

    • Mark stuart says:

      Elvis?

    • johneffay says:

      There are a lot of posthumous Hendrix releases, but there an awful lot more from Jerry Garcia & Jimi had a 25 year head start on Jerry!

  26. Tony O says:

    looks to be fair value for the vinyl LP box set, I liked the track in Waynes World and the other track with the guitar bit other than that I am not really a fan, nice to see the record company not trying to rip the punters off.

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