|B-side to "Hey Joe" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience|
|Released||December 16, 1966|
|Recorded||November 2, 1966|
|Single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience|
|from the album Are You Experienced|
|B-side||"If 6 Was 9"|
|Released||September 15, 1969|
|Recorded||November 2, 1966, at De Lane Lea Studios in London, England|
|Genre||Rock, psychedelic rock|
|The Jimi Hendrix Experience singles chronology|
"Stone Free" is a song by Jimi Hendrix, the first song he wrote. The Jimi Hendrix Experience first released it in December 1966 as the B-side of Hendrix's first single "Hey Joe". In December 1969 "Stone Free" was released as a single in the US, backed with "If 6 Was 9".
The song is one of the few songs by Hendrix played in standard tuning. It was written in one night, apparently inspired by a jam session in London. The bass line for the song resembles that of the Mar-Keys song "Philly Dog".
"Stone Free" was recorded after the Experience had signed with Track Records, and was paid for with the Track advance. Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp of Track had arranged for the label to be "underpinned" by Polydor Records, which distributed their releases. It was recorded in De Lane Lea Studios on November 2, 1966, and quickly became popular as "a counterculture anthem" with lyrics reflecting Hendrix's restless way of life.
The song, a staple of Hendrix's set list, slowly changed form and became looser and longer. Inspired by a long, notable performance in the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969 (released in 1982 on The Jimi Hendrix Concerts) Hendrix re-recorded it in April of that year at the Record Plant.
Notable covers, other uses of the title
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix was also the name of a 1993 Jimi Hendrix tribute album featuring his songs performed by various artists, including Eric Clapton (who performed the title track), Living Colour, The Cure and Pretenders.
This song is included on the Gran Turismo 3 soundtrack.
The 1969 re-record from the Valleys of Neptune album was included in the Are You Experienced? DLC pack in Rock Band 2. It is just credited as being by Jimi Hendrix in the game, as the Valleys of Neptune album is not part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience discography.
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