“This album should be on the list if for no other reason than Machine Gun. The more recent edition of the record has the second show version, and while the overall performance isn’t as good, Hendrix, during his solo, does something that became the domain of the NIN-industrial thing in that he played power chords through an Octavia, so you had this heavy intermodulation. If that version had come out first, every Stevie Ray Vaughan clone would have sounded industrial.
“To go back to the original version, however, it’s the painter and the picture, which is the soundtrack of the era. Band Of Gypsys sounded like the way the world felt. The turmoil of the times was in Hendrix's playing. His control as a guitar player and his ability to harness that sound makes this my favorite record of his. A lot of people think that he was at his best in the studio, but this album disproves that notion.”