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    1970-06-25 Electric Lady Studios, New York City, New York, USA

    Thursday, June 25th, 1970

    Astro Man
    Valleys Of Neptune
    Drifting
    Freedom


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    Jimi Hendrix
    Mitch Mitchell
    Billy Cox
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    Eddie Kramer


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    Re: 1970-06-25 Electric Lady Studios, New York City, New York, USA

    Friday 26 June 1970, Electric Lady Studios, Studio A, New York City. JHE (II)
    Producer: Jimi Hendrix (Heaven Research Unlimited)
    Engineers: Eddie Kramer & Kim King (ex Lothar And The Hand People guitarist)

    Earth Blues (overdubs: Jimi backing voc & gtr, Billy bs, Mitch replaced Buddy’s drums) (4, 5, 6)
    Stepping Stone (overdubs: Jimi gtr. At later undocumented sessions, Jimi added more vocals and Mitch replaced Buddy’s drums) (4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
    Room Full Of Mirrors (Mitch later? replaced Buddy’s drums) unreleased

    EK: “While Earth Blues very much fit musically into the framework of his new direction, we were never certain that it was ever going to make the final record.”

    John Jansen: "'Earth Blues' was a good track, but nobody upstairs wanted to hear those 'Ev*erybody!' chants on a record by Jimi. When Jimi wasn't around and Jeffery heard us working on it, he would wave his hands in the air and roll his eyes."

    [Bollocks! Why would “they” be working on it without Jimi being there. Why would Jeffery care about, or even notice this songs backing vocals? BOG’s was high in the charts. Jansen isn’t listed as having anything to do with these sessions anyway. Ed.]

    EK: “I feel that Hendrix would have continued to tinker with ‘Stepping Stone’. The tempo was always the prob*lem with this song, Both Buddy and Mitch had trouble staying with Jimi on that one."

    JMcD: “’Stepping Stone’ became the subject of considerable controversy when Alan Douglas had former Knack drummer Bruce Gary record new drum parts for the song in January 1995. This bastardized version was included as part of the ill-fated Voodoo Soup com*pilation Douglas issued in April 1995. "Room Full Of Mirrors" suffered a similar fate, as Gary recorded new drum parts for that song as well.
    Critics and Hendrix fans alike savaged Voodoo Soup upon its release. When confronted by journalists, Douglas and Gary offered a variety of explanations for the overdubs, including claims that the work was necessary because the original multitrack master for "Stepping Stone" was damaged, or lost, or the original drum parts by Miles were mysteriously missing. Noth*ing could be farther from the truth. The irony is that the original multitrack master for both songs featured drum parts by both of Hendrix's drummers. Miles cut the original tracks for both songs, and Mitchell over*dubbed drum parts at Electric Lady in 1970. Mitchell's playing on "Stepping Stone" can be heard on First Rays Of The New Rising Sun, while his version of "Room Full Of Mirrors" remains unreleased. For Voodoo Soup, engineer Mark Linett transferred the original sixteen-track multitrack masters to forty-eight-track digital; thus ensuring that none of the original performances would be lost), recorded Gary's overdubs, and remixed both tracks for the album.”

    Jimi - guitar & vocal, Billy Cox – bass:

    Valleys Of Neptune (15 takes) (2 - 16)
    Heaven Has No Sorrow (4 takes) (1 - 4)
    Little Dog O’ Mine (Billy bass & vocal, Jimi dog howls)

    BC: "I loved that song [Valleys Of Neptune], Jimi spent a lot of time at his apartment trying to tighten it up. He kept adding to his original idea. We almost completed that song at Electric Lady, and if we had, it would have been a monster.
    'Heaven Has No Sorrow' was an idea of Jimi's that we never really got to do. The demo we cut was nothing of any real significance, but it probably would have evolved into a pretty dynamic song, something along the lines of 'Angel'.
    That studio was like our laboratory. We would go out on the road and work, so that he could create back at Electric Lady."

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    Re: 1970-06-25 Electric Lady Studios, New York City, New York, USA

    This 26thJune :-D

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    Re: 1970-06-25 Electric Lady Studios, New York City, New York, USA

    Looks that way according to UH which appears to be quoted here!
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