Drummer Buddy Miles recalled working with Jimi Hendrix to create the Band of Gypsys song “Machine Gun” in a previously unreleased video interview.
Miles, who died in 2008, is featured in the new box set Songs for Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts, which gathers recordings of the band’s first four performances – two each on Dec. 31, 1969, and Jan. 1, 1970.
You can watch the clip, which also features performance footage of Hendrix, below.
“The Band of Gypsys was a strong statement from three brothers,” Miles said. “We all had intimacies and love, and we also had a feel for what we thought was right, and what we liked and what we enjoyed playing. Our music was a wide, wide spectrum – you had rockers, you had R&B and you most definitely had blues.”
He noted that if “you listen to the melody lines of ‘Machine Gun,’ it was really taken from a style which is called delta blues, like how they used to do it in the Deep South. [Hendrix] had a deep fascination with Muddy Waters. But that song was definitely not from the Chicago blues style, it was definitely from the Deep South.”
Songs for Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts will be released on Nov. 22 as five CDs and eight vinyl discs. “The new collection assembles all four historic debut concerts by the trio from the legendary venue in their original performance sequence,” Legacy Recordings said in a statement, adding that the collection “boasts over two dozen tracks that have either never before been released commercially or have been newly pressed and newly remixed.”