Freedom (Jimi Hendrix song)

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"Freedom"
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"
(1970)
"Freedom"
(1971)
"Dolly Dagger"
(1971)

"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.

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.

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