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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.
Another day of recordings at Electric Lady resulted in considerable progress on “Ezy Rider.”
The Experience headline the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia. Although a three-day event, acts also performing on the 4th included Rare Earth, Chambers Brothers, Lee Michaels, Jethro Tull, Cactus, Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys, Rotary Connection, and The Gypsy. When Hendrix took to the stage he lead his power trio through a dazzling set of old and new favorites including: “Fire,” “Lover Man,” “Spanish Castle Magic,” “Red House,” “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Message To Love,” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Freedom,” “Foxey Lady,” “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Stone Free,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Straight Ahead,” and “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun).”
The Experience perform two shows at Miami Jai Alai Fronton in Miami, Florida.
In returning to Electric Lady Studios Jimi records “Come Down Hard On Me,” “Bolero,” and “Midnight Lightning.” Despite the work accomplished on this night, Hendrix had the tape boxes marked DO NOT USE.
Additional sessions at Electric Lady saw Hendrix revitalize previous work on “Come Down Hard On Me.” In 1973 Electric Lady’s engineer John Jansen posthumously edited the track for inclusion on Loose Ends.
The Experience perform at New York Pop with John Sebastian, Grand Funk Railroad, Steppenwolf, and Jethro Tull. The event at Downing Stadium on Randall’s Island on the outskirts of New York City featured The Experience performing “Stone Free,” “Fire,” “Red House,” “Message To Love,” “Lover Man,” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Foxey Lady,” “Ezy Rider,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”
Back at Electric Lady Studios, Jimi once again worked on “Night Bird Flying,” “Straight Ahead,” “Astro Man,” Freedom,” and “Dolly Dagger.”
Trying to lay claim to a definitive master of “Lover Man,” Hendrix returned to Electric Lady to try and revitalize the recordings, unfortunately, with little success on this evening. Although a rough mix would be prepared, it too would be quickly shelved. With “Lover Man” now on the shelf, Hendrix turned his attention back to overdubs for “Angel.”
Tonight’s session at Electric Lady maintained focus on “In From The Storm,” a recording that Jimi had previously titled “Tune X – Just Came In.” Although no master was created on this night, thirty takes of the song were put to tape as the trio continually reworked it and polished the composition through each subsequent retake.
Back at Electric Lady Studios Hendrix revisited “In From The Storm” before working on “Come Down Hard On Me” and “Just Came In,” with the latter being remixed into “In From The Storm” on the posthumous Cry Of Love.
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.”
Back on the West Coast, The Jimi Hendrix Experience are joined by Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys for tonight’s performance at the Sports Arena in San Diego, CA. The Experience’s set includes: “Fire,” “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” “Foxey Lady,” “Red House,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun).”
Hendrix makes a return visit back to hometown of Seattle, Washington where he is met at the airport by a large gathering of friends and family. Over the next couple of days Jimi spends considerable time with members of his family. Although hampered by rain, The Experience’s performance at the outdoor Sicks’ Stadium featured “Fire,” “Message To Love,” “Lover Man,” “Machine Gun,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Midnight Lightning,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” “Freedom,” “Red House,” and “Foxey Lady.” Tonight’s performance included support from Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys and Rube Tuben & The Rhondonnas. Jimi Hendrix is photographed on stage during his final hometown performance at the outdoor Sicks’ Stadium in Seattle, Washington on July 26, 1970. Photo: Karen Hooper / © Authentic Hendrix, LLC
After flying to the Island of Maui for a special filmed project by Manager, Michael Jeffrey, Hendrix, Cox, and Mitchell perform for an invitiation-only crowd of 500 people for the Rainbow Bridge Vibratory Color Sound Experiment on the Haleakala Crater on the Island of Maui. Portions of the performance are included on the posthumously released motion picture Rainbow Bridge. Although the entire performance has yet to be officially released, Hendrix’s two sets atop the Haleakala Creater included: (First set) “Spanish Castle Magic,” “Lover Man,” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” “In From The Storm,” “Message To Love,” “Foxey Lady,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Fire,” and “Purple Haze.” (Second set) “Dolly Dagger,” “Instrumental,” “Ezy Rider,” “Red House,” “Freedom,” “Beginnings,” “Straight Ahead,” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” “Stone Free,” and “Hey Joe.” Jimi Hendrix is photographed during The Experience’s July 30, 1970 performance atop the Haleakala Crater on the Island of Maui in Hawaii. This show is the main subject of the film ‘Rainbow Bridge.’ Photo: Daniel Tehaney / © Authentic Hendrix, LLC