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June 25, 1970

Building on the momentum of the previous night’s session the group, now joined by Juma Sultan, revisit “Astro Man” before debuting the new ballad, “Drifting.” The session also included work on “Freedom” and “Cherokee Mist.”

Astro Man Cherokee Mist Drifting Freedom Juma Sultan Recording

June 29, 1970

Jimi works on overdubs for the track, “Drifting” which Eddie Kramer and second engineer Kim King oversaw at Electric Lady Studios.

Drifting eddie kramer Electric Lady Studios Kim King Recording

July 01, 1970

Today’s session proved one of the most fulfilling for Jimi at his new studio. Here, recordings focused on “Dolly Dagger,” “Bolero,” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” “Drifting,” and “Slow Part,” which would posthumously be retitled “Pali Gap” by Michael Jeffrey who wanted to craft a stronger tie with that song and the title of his Hawaiian film, Rainbow Bridge. The session later included work on “Midnight Lightning” and “Beginnings” before returning to “Dolly Dagger” before night’s end.

Bolero Dolly Dagger Drifting Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) Midnight Lightning Recording Slow Part

July 23, 1970

With the band headed back on the road in 24 hours, Hendrix wanted to leave the studio with the reassurance that progress was being made. Tonight’s sessions included work on “Drifting,” “Angel,” and “Belly Button Window.”

Angel Belly Button Window Drifting Jimi Hendrix Experience Recording

August 20, 1970

The session kicks off with a short, slow blues jam but is cut short due to a malfunctioning tape machine. When the system is repaired Hendrix begins to work on a series of rough mixes for “Straight Ahead,” “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Ezy Rider,” “In From The Storm,” “Drifting,” “Angel,” “Belly Button Window,” “Dolly Dagger,” and “Freedom.” French television broadcasts L’Appiche De Monde: Festival Atlanta, which includes Jimi’s performance of “Stone Free” captured during the July 4th celebration in Georgia.

Angel Belly Button Window Drifting Ezy Rider In From The Storm L’Appiche De Monde Recording Room Full Of Mirrors Straight Ahead