Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsys Japan LP with rare puppet cover and obi


A Japanese pressing of Band of Gypsys by Jimi Hendrix, including the original obi and featuring the rare “puppet” cover.

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Offered for sale is a rare Japanese pressing of Band of Gypsys by Jimi Hendrix, including the original obi and featuring the rare “puppet” cover.

This is the cover that was originally used for the UK issue that was withdrawn there shortly after release.  Original Japanese issues had the U.S. cover, but this 1979 reissue was briefly available with the “puppet” cover that depicted Hendrix, Brian Jones, Bob Dylan, and British DJ John Peel as puppets.

About this copy: This copy of Band of Gypsys is a 1979 Japanese pressing of an LP that was originally released in 1970 with a different cover.

The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the corners and edges and slight foxing on the back cover.  The obi is VG++, with a bit of foxing on the back.  The insert is VG++, with few minor wrinkles, but no rips, tears, or writing.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A nice copy of a terrific LP that’s rarely found with this cover, as most Japanese issues featured the U.S. cover photo.


Released in June, 1970, Band of Gypsys was the first live album by Jimi Hendrix. Despite mixed reviews, the album reached the top 10 in both the U.S. and the UK.

Allmusic.com gave Band of Gypsys a 4 1/2 star review:

Band of Gypsys was the only live recording authorized by Jimi Hendrix before his death. It was recorded and released in order to get Hendrix out from under a contractual obligation that had been hanging over his head for a couple years. …The music was a seamless melding of rock, funk, and R&B, and tunes like “Message to Love” and “Power to Love” showed a new lyrical direction as well. Although he could be an erratic live performer, for these shows, Hendrix was on — perhaps his finest performances. … The solo on “Machine Gun” totally rewrote the book on what a man could do with an electric guitar and is arguably the most groundbreaking and devastating guitar solo ever. …. Band of Gypsys is not only an important part of the Hendrix legacy, but one of the greatest live albums ever.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Polydor
Catalog Number:
MPX 4010
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in