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Recording

April 01st, 1969

Olmstead Studios, New York
Studio Recording

1) Bleeding Heart
2) Guitar Idea
3) Ezy Ryder
4) Midnight
5) Bleeding Heart
6) Villanova Junction Blues
7) Jam

Following a difficult and unproductive series of sessions at Olympic Studios in February 1969, the Experience did not return to the recording studio as a unit until April, when they gathered with engineer Eddie Kramer at New York’s Olmstead Studios to try and recapture their momentum.

Recording

April 03rd, 1969

Olmstead Studios, New York
Studio Recording

1)Midnight
2)Trash Man

Takes of the extended instrumental workouts “Midnight” and “Trash Man” were the most promising songs to emerge from these early April 1969 Olmstead sessions.

“Midnight” had begun to take form two months earlier at the February 1969 sessions at Olympic Studios. The song was originally titled “Midnight Lightning” before Jimi shortened it simply to “Midnight”. “Midnight” is now available as part of the 1998 album South Saturn Delta.

A heavily truncated version of “Trash Man”, filled out with posthumously recorded overdubs, was issued part of the controversial [and long since deleted] 1975 album Midnight Lightning.

Recording

April 04th, 1969

April 4, 1969

Olmstead Studios, New York
Studio Recording

1)Trash Man

Recording

April 06th, 1969

Record Plant Studios, New York
Studio Recording

1) Jam With Electric Sitar
2) Ships Passing In The Night
3) Ezy Ryder

Working without Mitch and Noel, Jimi enjoyed a night of jamming and experimentation. The evening’s highlight came when Jimi recorded an extended, untitled jam session playing an electric sitar, an instrument given to him by its inventor, Vinnie Bell.

Recording

April 07th, 1969

Record Plant Studios, New York
Studio Recording

1) Stone Free
2) Hear My Train A Comin’
3) Lullaby For The Summer

Jimi revisited “Stone Free”, his first ever Experience composition. This new rendition showcased a more sophisticated arrangement than that of the November 1966 recording which had served as the b-side for “Hey Joe”. Pleased with the group’s progress, Hendrix recorded lead guitar and vocal overdubs during two subsequent sessions on April 9 and 14.

While not released during Jimi’s lifetime, this version of “Stone Free” was issued as part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience box set.

Work was also completed on “Hear My Train A Comin” although no final masters were achieved. Jimi also attempted to further develop “Lullaby For The Summer”, which would later evolve as “Ezy Ryder”.