Machine Gun is the first album from the Commodores, released in 1974 on the Motown label. Although pop audiences were not exactly responsive to this issue, R&B audiences met this album with open arms. Machine Gun is relentlessly funky, with no ballads to be found. The tracks are spectacular from beginning to end, and the hauntingly explosive title track kicks things off. Milan Williams' strobing clavinet highlited throughout the track sounds like gunfire, and led to Motown head Berry Gordy naming the song "Machine Gun."This track peaked at #7 on the R&B, while reaching a disappointing #22 on the pop charts. Not that the Commodores would care much about pop. They wouldn't have crossover appeal for another four albums. This album was all about the funk.
As the '60s came to a close, Jimi Hendrix pushed the boundaries of funk, rock and R&B with a brand new group, Band of Gypsys. Together with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles, Hendrix unveiled stunning, newly written material across four shows at the legendary Fillmore East in New York City. Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 marks the first time Band of Gypsys' first show has ever been released in its entirety, newly mixed by Eddie Kramer from the original 1" eight-track masters.
Tough criminal Hank McCain gets released from prison after serving twelve years for armed robbery. Hank hooks up with his son Jack, who has devised a daring plan to rob a Las Vegas casino. Unbeknownst to Hank, Jack is also involved with volatile and ambitious mob capo Charlie Adamo, who uses Hank as a pawn so he can gain control of Vegas territory that's currently being run by the formidable Don Francesco De Marco.