KNOW YOUR BASS PLAYER BLOWN AWAY: By Billy Cox on Machine Gun: Live at the Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 (2016). Of all the official and archival releases of Jimi's Band of Gypsys' legendary Fillmore East sets from New Year's Eve / Day 1969-70; this one, to my ears, emerges as supreme and then some. Remastered with amazing clarity, Billy's staccato grooves, massive tone, and soulful variations on Jimi's motifs are astounding. Those who dismissed Buddy Miles on the original slab - prepare ye for an awakening. And Jimi is godlike as usual. It doesn’t get heavier and funkier than this, and it likely never will.