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Recording

August 28th, 1969

Hit Factory, New York
Studio Recording

1 ) Message To The Universe
2 ) Lover Man
3 ) Izabella
4 ) Message To The Universe
5 ) Izabella
6 ) Burning Desire
7 ) Easy Blues
8 ) Izabella
9 ) Beginnings

Jimi returned to the recording studio for the first time in nearly three months. The guitarist was accompanied by his expanded ensemble Gypsy Sun & Rainbows, as well as engineer Eddie Kramer. Jimi had readied a slate of promising new material and looked to make progress on his next studio album.

A number of recordings from this session were later issued on disc. The two most prominent were “Message To The Universe”, now a part of South Saturn Delta and “Izabella” from the box set The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

While no longer in print, two other recordings from this session have been previously released. An edited version of “Easy Blues” was part of the 1980 compilation Nine To The Universe. “Beginnings” was posthumously overhauled in 1974 and fitted with new overdubs as part of the ill advised [and long since deleted] Midnight Lightning album produced by Alan Douglas.

Recording

August 29th, 1969

Hit Factory, New York
Studio Recording

1) Izabella
2) Message To The Universe
3) Izabella
4) Machine Gun
5) Izabella
6) Message To The Universe
7) Jam

Jimi returned to the Hit Factory for new attempts at “Izabella” and “Message To The Universe.”

A sparse demo of “Machine Gun” was buttressed with overdubs by session musicians in 1974 and issued as part of the controversial [and long since deleted] Midnight Lightning.

Recording

November 17th, 1969

Joined by Billy Cox, Hendrix and Miles returned to the Record Plant studios in New York City to continue work on several new tracks including “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Stepping Stone,” and “Ezy Rider.” Second engineer Tom Erdelyi recalls additional recordings being worked on including “Izabella,” “Machine Gun,” “Dolly Dagger,” and “Message To Love.”
During this session, Hendrix brought in Albert and Arthur Allen (the Ghetto Fighters) to provide backing vocals for “Room Full Of Mirrors.” The basic track of “Room Full Of Mirrors” is the foundation for the recording heard on 1997’s First Ray s Of The New Rising Sun (Experience Hendrix/ MCA, 11599). Afterwards, Hendrix and the Allen twins visited Studio B where Mountain was recording their latest hit, “Mississippi Queen.” Thrilled by the chance meeting, Hendrix invited Leslie West back to his studio for a jam.

Recording

January 22nd, 1970

Record Plant, New York
Studio Recording

Sky Blues Today [Stepping Stone]
Izabella

Hendrix prepared new mixes of “Sky Blues Today” and “Izabella”.

Recording

January 22nd, 1970

Back at the Record Plant, rough mixes of "Sky Blues Today" and "Izabella" were prepared but later scrapped in favor of new ones.