Freedom (Jimi Hendrix song)

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Freedom single picture sleeve.jpg
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 7-inch 45 rpm record
Recorded June–August 1970
Studio Electric Lady, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 3:24
Label Reprise (no. 1000)
Writer(s) Jimi Hendrix
Producer(s) Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Eddie Kramer
Hendrix American singles chronology
"Stepping Stone"
"Dolly Dagger"

"Freedom" is a song by Jimi Hendrix first released in 1971 on the album The Cry of Love. Also released as a single, it was Hendrix's only posthumous single to appear on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reached number 59.[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.


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.

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