Freedom (Jimi Hendrix song)

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"Freedom"
Italian single picture sleeve
Single by Jimi Hendrix
from the album The Cry of Love
B-side "Angel"
Released March 8, 1971 (1971-03-08)
Format Seven-inch 45 rpm record
Recorded Electric Lady Studios, New York City, June 25, July 14 & 19, August 14 & 24, 1970
Genre Rock
Length 3:24
Label Reprise Records (no. 1000)
Writer(s) Jimi Hendrix
Producer(s) Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Eddie Kramer
Hendrix American singles chronology
"Stepping Stone"
(1970)
"Freedom"
(1971)
"Dolly Dagger"
(1971)

"Freedom" is a Jimi Hendrix song released in 1971 from the album The Cry of Love. The album was released posthumously in 1971 and became a major hit. This was the only single released from the album and was somewhat successful on the charts, reaching number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[1] It is now one of the more popular songs in the Hendrix collection, and is a staple in many compilation works. It was later featured on the 1997 album First Rays of the New Rising Sun.

Interpretation[edit]

The lyrics "Keep on pushing straight ahead..." towards the end of the song are most likely a reference to the Curtis Mayfield song "Keep On Pushing" from the album of the same name. Mayfield was a major influence on Hendrix, from whom he borrowed much of his R&B rhythm guitar style, as heard on recordings such as "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)" and "Little Wing". "Straight ahead" is a phrase which features on several tracks from the period—and it was one of the titles considered for his final studio album.

Covers[edit]

In 1990 Psychefunkapus performed a version on the album "Psychefunkapus.
In 1994, Steve Lukather sang this song for his album Candyman.
In 1995 Jeff Healey performed a version on the album "Cover To Cover".

In popular culture[edit]

On March 19, 2009 the song was released as downloadable content playable on basic controllers for Guitar Hero: World Tour.

It was made available to download on December 20, 2011 for play in Rock Band 3 Basic, and PRO mode which utilizes real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.

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