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Machine Gun - Tay Ninh Province Vietnam 1969,
This review is from: Band of Gypsys (Audio CD)
Imagine hearing this album for the first time on the ear-plug "mono" headphones of a battery operated Panasonic mini reel-to-reel tape recorder. Now imagine that that annoying background noise spoiling the mood is from exploding Viet Cong 122mm rockets while you're hunkered down, cold, hungry, and wet from that incessant goddamn monsoon rain. But you're smiling at every riff 'cause you know Jimi knows what you're thinking. Maybe you're surrounded by living hell, but somehow...THIS MAKES YOU SANE! It's been 30 years since I first "experienced" Band of Gypsies. Nothing else will ever come close to having the same meaning to this old 'Nam vet.
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Initial post: Dec 12, 2008 9:44:04 PM PST
Man Steam says:
Posted on Dec 24, 2008 11:42:18 AM PST
No offense Old Hombre (I'm a vet too), but your personal recollection and chronology are off here. You're referring to "Tay Ninh Province Vietnam 1969" and perhaps listening to the album for the first time there, but this album wasn't released until April of 1970. It was recorded on Dec. 31st 1969 and January 1st 1970 (New Years Eve).
Posted on Feb 24, 2011 6:21:19 PM PST
William H. Hoffman says:
Si! Old Hombre, I had this with me while I was in Desert Shield and Storm.....great music for the ears.....
Posted on Mar 1, 2011 10:52:57 PM PST
Thanks for your service 'old hombre' i'm glad you made it back from Viet Nam.Great review!
Posted on Nov 29, 2012 11:11:45 AM PST
music man says:
thank you to all the incredible veterans,for all you have done for me,our people and nation!!!!! as you know, jimi was in the army,billy cox and i think buddy were all in the services.incredible recording,one of my all time favorites!!!!! thank you old hombre!!!!!
Posted on Jan 24, 2013 10:07:16 AM PST
Mind Mechanic says:
Welcome home brothers. I served in Israel Defense Forces. I remember sitting in South Lebanon listening to the guns and the artillery (difference was outgoing kind of sounded like a cork pulled out of a bottle and incoming hit with a whump) thinking I'd love to write some crazy symphony banging flat-hand on the piano (incoming artillery) punctuated by rhythmic snare drum (for the 50 cal) as my intro. Jimi served in the 101st Airborne with Billy Cox. Jimi plays his heart out on Machine Gun - maybe the single greatest note on record is hit between 3 and 4 minutes into it as the beginning of a solo followed by the story as only Jimi could tell it. Jimi's guitar was, for me, like a language I could understand but couldn't speak, but it resonates in my heart like mother tongue. Machine Gun is an homage to all of us, to what we experienced in war, to brothers in arms. Don't matter what war - same music, different dance. Now the brotherhood includes sisters under fire - the Lionesses. Here's to all of you, much love, always.
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