Jimi Hendrix : Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Jimi Hendrix : Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Band of Gypsies : Jimi Hendrix (guitar), Billy Cox (bass), Buddy Miles (drums)

Recorded in 1969

Experience Hendrix Music 5651

Classic Records : SP 200 gram : This is a SP7"/17cm, not a LP12"/30 cm (45 rpm)

Limited edition : 1,000 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A - Little Drummer Boy / Silent Night / Auld Lang Syne
B - Three Little Bears

As Christmas 1969 beckoned, Jimi Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox, and drummer Buddy Miles engaged in extensive rehearsals for their highly anticipated appearances at the Fillmore East in New York.

Branded by Hendrix as the “Band Of Gypsys,” the trio worked feverishly rounding such exciting new original material as “Izabella” and “Machine Gun” into form. Keenly aware of the special significance his forthcoming concerts represented, Jimi wanted to prepare something extraordinary for his audience. To mark the occasion in his own inimitable fashion, Jimi readied this special medley of holiday favorites to celebrate both Christmas and the dawning of a new decade.

This recording was made at Baggy’s Studios, a Manhattan rehearsal facility the group preferred. It by no means should be considered a polished studio recording made to Hendrix’s exacting specifications. It is, instead, perhaps even more revealing. This is a glimpse of Jimi simply having fun in the company of close friends.

The photograph of Jimi posing as Santa Claus was originally organized on behalf of the UK music newspaper Record Mirror to help publicize the December 1967 release of Axis: Bold As Love, the group’s second album, Jimi agreed to pose as Santa for the issue’s cover.