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Song by Jimi Hendrix from the album Electric Ladyland
October 16, 1968
December 1967;, Record Plant Studios, NYC
Psychedelic rock, funk rock, blues rock
Electric Ladyland track listing
(US) Side 1
"...And The Gods Made Love",
"Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)",
(US) Side 2
"Little Miss Strange",
"Long Hot Summer Night",
"Come On (Part I)",
"Burning of the Midnight Lamp",
(US) Side 3
"Rainy Day, Dream Away",
"1983...(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)",
"Moon, Turn the Tides...Gently Gently Way",
(US) Side 4'
"Still Raining, Still Dreaming",
"House Burning Down",
"All Along the Watchtower",
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)",
"Gypsy Eyes" (spelt as "Gipsy Eyes" on the UK edition) is a song by Jimi Hendrix, performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience on their 1968 album Electric Ladyland, and based on the field holler. When released as a double-A-sided single with "Remember", it reached no. 35 in the UK charts.
The song features guitar themes that float between left and right channels.
Richard Middleton notes that licks in rock music are often used through a formula and variations technique and that "Gypsy Eyes" "is put together from variants of five stock ideas...familiar from other recordings in the same style."
"Drum lick A",
"Drum lick B",
"A complex of riffs on guitar and bass guitar",
"A basic melodic falling pattern, using the notes of the pentatonic scale",
"A characteristic guitar effect, the attacked single note with long decay and glissando fall",
He concludes that "the combination and variations of these formulae are many and highly imaginatve. But the basic formulae are so simple that the recording could well have been worked out 'in performance.'"