Crosstown Traffic (song)

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"Crosstown Traffic"
German single picture sleeve
Single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
from the album Electric Ladyland
B-side "Gypsy Eyes"
Released November 18, 1968 (1968-11-18) (US)
Format Seven-inch 45 rpm record
Recorded Olympic Studios, London, December 20–21, 1967
Genre Rock
Length 2:18
Label Reprise (no. 0792)
Writer(s) Jimi Hendrix
Producer(s) Chas Chandler
Experience American singles chronology
"All Along the Watchtower"
(1968)
"Crosstown Traffic"
(1968)
"Stone Free"
(1969)

"Crosstown Traffic" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix. It was the second single released from the album Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #37 on the pop singles chart in the United Kingdom.[1]

Unlike many of the tracks on the album, this recording features the full line-up of the Experience with Hendrix, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell. Hendrix also plays a makeshift kazoo made with a comb and tissue paper in tandem at points with his lead guitar, and backing vocals are performed by Redding along with Dave Mason. The song refers to Manhattan's traffic between the East and West sides infamously known for its thick congestion.

Cover versions of the song are numerous, having been recorded by Gil Evans, Charlie Daniels, Hed P.E. the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour, the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra and played in concert by countless others. In 1991, it was recorded by Emily Symons and the Channel 7 Australia ensemble Farmhouse.

The master version of the song is featured in the video game Rock Band 3.

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