Jimi Hendrix / Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69


Complete first set issued for the first time on CD, SACD and 2LP

Sony’s Legacy Recordings are releasing Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69, a Jimi Hendrix live album fully documenting the debut performance with his short-lived group, the Band of Gypsys.

The group – Hendrix, Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums – played four concerts at the Fillmore East in New York City, two on New Year’s Eve 1969, and two on New Year’s Day 1970. This first set hasn’t been available before in its entirety.

The audio has been newly mixed from the original one-inch tapes and has been mastered by engineer Bernie Grundman. Rather unusually, as well as being issued on CD and 2LP vinyl, Machine Gun is being issued on SACD. Unless we hear otherwise, SDE assumes this is a hi-res stereo SACD and there is no multi-channel element.

This has been put together by the usual Hendrix reissue team (Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott) and will be issued on 30 September 2016. SACD links will be added soon.

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Machine Gun Jimi Hendrix The Fillmore East 12/31/1969 (First Show)


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Machine Gun Jimi Hendrix The Fillmore East 12/31/1969 (First Show) [VINYL]



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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

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No one is mentioning the fact that most Experience Hendrix releases have not been mixed to their best potential, and they sound like crap, having been compressed to the shithouse!!!!! The biggest injustice so far to Jimi’s music has been caused by Experience Hendrix, and new future generations, will only have the whit mixes of Experience Hendrix, and not the best possible mixes, and pressings which only a few selected hardcore Hendrix fans are aware of, who have done their homework. Most people don’t know this,,, even though there is a lot of evidence and info on the net,,, What a real shame,.. They should start from scratch, and re master all the Hendrix catalogue properly with the ultimate sound ( depth and clarity). Also the Stages box set, which includes concerts such asSan Diego 69, has one of the worst sounds I have ever heard on any Hendrix release,, even the bootlegs sound 100 times better than the horrible ” farting” bass, and compressed overall sound of that box set. But I believe that was even before the Experience Hendrix took over,,, Also the LA Forum 69 released as part of “Lifelines” also sounds as bad. Horrible sounds, just atrocious….this is non excusable!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Should read ” will only have the shit mixes of Experience Hendrix ….” Etc.. ( not “whit”, stupid iPad speller has a mind of it’s own,),,,

Lee Johnson

Blame Janie. I always do.


anyone know if the Hendrix 2LP set is sourced from all analog?

R. Michael Cox

Can we please get The Jimi Hendrix Concerts back into print?

Philip Cohen

It is unlikely that “The Jimi Hendrix Concerts” would be reissued, since it was an Alan Douglas production.

Paul Murphy

Well, the superb ‘Blues’ album was a Douglas project of course, and probably the high-spot of his contentious tenure [although Experience Hendrix have corrected the askance sleevenotes on their stewardship]. ‘Concerts’ is unlikely, but it does seem to hold a place in many fans’ hearts. Regarding the Berkeley 1st show, ‘Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)’ was the closing number, and the quality of the rest of the show would easily outshadow its shortcomings. Several out-of-tune recordings have appeared, in the sake of historical importance [the Lulu show, despite Jimi’s mid-song tune-up, and the Isle of Wight, with walkie-talkie chatter being picked up], and some might posit that 75% of a great performance is better than none. The Berkeley late afternoon soundcheck was also recorded, and also has some unreleased gems.


It never ceases to amaze me how many people have had a hand at making boatloads of cash off of Jimi’s legacy and catalog.


Personally, I prefer the ‘undoctored’ approach of the Michael Jeffrey Estate releases. ‘3 Nights At Winterland’ is another fine release.
I have both this and the Experience Hendrix ‘Winterland’ 4 CD Set, and as much as I enjoy the Experience Hendrix set, I do wish that they had released the complete run of shows too.

Paul Murphy

Yes, those were superb shows. The Friday guest appearance by Herbie Rich makes one wish that Jimi had added an organ to his band when he wished to expand his sound following the demise of the original Experience – and considering Jimi’s love of Bob Dylan’s ‘thin wild mercury sound’ it is very puzzling that he never did. Also puzzling is why Jimi never considered any of the Winterland shows for the proposed June 1969 live album [the generally accepted reason is technical flaws, something that Jimi seemed to suffer from more than most live performers]. The one we all really want of course is the 1969 Albert Hall Concert footage – coming up to 50 years in legal limbo now, for strewth’s sake.

Philip Cohen

The problem with releasing the Hendrix Winterland shows complete, is that there are two songs where Hendrix had no choice but to stop playing mid-song (due to amplifier problems), leaving bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell to play an extended bass & drums improvisation while Jimi’s amplifiers were repaired or replaced. During one of those two improvisations, the recording equipment was briefly shut off and/or a brief bit was lost due to the need to change reels of tape..
Some have wondered (as I did) why Experuence Hendrix released only the second Berkeley 1970 show, but not the first show(excepting 3 songs). The answer is because of Jimi’s severely out of tune guitar on the first show’s rendition of “Voodoo Chile(Slight Return)”


‘2 Nights At The Fillmore East’ 6 CD Box Set was released, by the Michael Jeffrey Estate, in 2007, as a Limited Edition of 2000 copies, that now appears to be out of print.

Be nice if Experience Hendrix would release something similar.

Paul Murphy

I have that, and very nice it is too, although it’s a 5″x5″ Clam-Box [in my head I still think of ‘Box Sets’ as being 12″x12″]. A lot of the MJE releases are disappearing now, and seem to be being taken down by Amazon [although a lot spring up again – I see that the excellent ‘LA Forum 26 April 1969’ has reappeared in the last few days]. The Fillmore concerts have been well-mined by Experience Hendrix of course, in addition to the official album there has been the 2-CD set, and the excellent DVD features further selections. The ‘2 Nights…’ set has the advantage [if that is the correct word] of being ‘undoctored’ – Jimi had Eddie Kramer edit out lot of Buddy Miles’ vocal ad-libbing [remarking to Kramer on hearing the playbacks, “Oh man, I wish Buddy would shut the f*** up”]. Well worth tracking down, I got my set on Discogs, and paid a pretty penny, but no regrets [beware the Russian/Romanian/Hungarian sets there though, or you might end up paying for a jumping CDr].

Silver Dagger

Am I correct in thinking that this is the first SACD Hendrix release. What a shame they have extended this to a 5.1 mix – or indeed any of the other Hendrix albums.

And while I’m on that subject does anyone have any news of any other impending 5.1 mixes. I know Obscured By Clouds and oddly Echoes – but not the rest of Meddle – will be released as part of that rather expensive Floyd boxset.

Here’s my top 10 5.1 mix wishlist.
1. The Beatles – Abbey Road
2. The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed
3. Led Zeppelin – 2
4. Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother
5. Pretty Things – SF Sorrow
6. Love – Forever Changes
7. The Zombies – Odessey & Oracle
8. Wishbone Ash – Argus
9. The Who – Who’s Next
10. David Bowie – Hunky Dory

Silver Dagger

I meant to say ‘haven’t extended this to a 5.1 mix’. Not sure how to make corrections on this!


Do you by any chance read Mojo magazine?!

Philip Cohen

“Odessey & Oracle” was only a 4-track recording. Not enough tracks to create a surround sound mix. “Who’s Next”, the 16-track tapes for half the songs are missing. “Let it Bleed” has 2 songs recorded on 4-track.

Simon Taylor

Heard about this but I need to look at the discussion about this over on the Hoffman forum. I have most of the other Hendrix vinyl reissues which are very nice (2010 experience Hendrix releases, gatefold sleeves with colour booklet.) If this replicates that format and sounds good then I’d be interested, although £31 is a tad over the top, will have to wait and see what the verdict is and wait for the price to drop as these releases always seem pretty plentiful.

SACD is interesting tho, price dependent, doubt it will be cheap.

So we can expect the other shows to be released at a later time, possible box set of all four. There’s still much cash that can be generated by the genius of Jimi!

zane richardson

£31 is a tad high as you say, however the benefit of Paul’s table means that you can shop around for a price to suit. £19.54 @ JPC is very reasonable I think.

jon 77

I thought all the Fillmore concerts of the BoG lineup had been released already by Michael Jeffries estate?

Fat Old Bloke