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January 01, 1970

Jimi Hendrix jams — on bass — with the band Tomorrow, featuring Steve Howe (guitar), John Adler (drums) and Keith West (vocals). (Tomorrow band)

1967 April April 28 Band Blarney Club City of London jam session Jimi Hendrix John Adler Keith West London Steve Howe Tomorrow UFO Club United Kingdom

April 03, 1967

Jimi Hendrix participates in a photo shoot at the Fleet Street offices of the Daily Mirror in London.

1967 April April 3 Band City of London Daily Mirror Building Greater London Jimi Hendrix Photo Session United Kingdom

April 03, 1967

The Experience returned to London’s Olympic Studios to continue work on their debut album. This significant session resulted in new recordings, overdubs on some unfinished compositions and final mixes for several tracks.

The group focused their initial attention to recording “Highway Chile,” with the 8th and final take being flagged as the master. Work then began on “Waterfall” (as originally marked on the tape box). Studio engineer Eddie Kramer later prepared a four-to-four mix of the 4th take during which time the song was retitled as “May This Be Love.”

Hendrix then focused his attention on “Title #3” and later “Title #4” which eventually became “Are You Experienced?” Despite the the complexities of these recordings, the full song “Are You Experienced?” was completed start-to-finish in this one session.

Before the session came to a close, final mixes were prepared for “May This Be Love,” “Are You Experienced?” and “I Don’t Live Today.”

The stunning initial take of “Title #4” [“Are You Experienced?”] was included on the 2010 Box Set West Coast Seattle Boy as was one of the outtakes of “May This Be Love.”

Tape Log: Highway Chile // Waterfall [aka May This Be Love] // Title #3 // Title #4 [aka Are You Experienced?] // I Don’t Live Today

1967 April April 3 City of London Greater London Olympic Studios Recording Studio Recordings United Kingdom

April 04, 1967

Returning to London’s Olympic Studios, an additional four-track-to-four-track reduction mix was created for “Are You Experienced?”

Later the group revisited the January 11, 1967 recordings of “Third Stone From The Sun” before redirecting attention to creating both mono and stereo mixes of “Highway Chile.” The mono mix was eventually held back and included alongside a stereo mix of “The Wind Cries Mary” as the trio’s third single in the United Kingdom.

Before the session was completed, Hendrix focused once again on the work completed in December 1966 on the song, “Love Or Confusion” which resulted in a final mix being produced and later included on the debut release of Are You Experienced.

Before the session ended, the group worked on the B.B. King inspired “Here He Comes,” before putting that aside to focus on complete mixes of songs they had earmarked for the new album.”

Tape Log: Are You Experienced? // Third Stone From The Sun // Highway Chile // Love Or Confusion // Here He Comes

1967 April April 4 City of London Greater London Olympic Studios Recording Studio Recordings United Kingdom

April 10, 1967

Returning to Olympic Studios, Manager Chas Chandler guided The Experience back through the April 4th recordings of “Third Stone From The Sun.”

The session featured two non-musical tracks called described on the tape boxes as “Wild Chat” and “Noises” which featured Hendrix and Chandler talking through a variety of science fiction inspired passages. “Noises” featured Hendrix talking about the markings that Engineer George Chkiantz had made on the tape boxes that evening.

Several segments of these recordings, including the classic, “and you’ll never hear surf music again…” were incorporated into the final mix of “Third Stone From The Sun.”

Tape Log: Third Stone From The Sun // Wild Chat // Noises

1967 April 10 Chas Chandler City of London Greater London Olympic Studios Recording Studio Recordings United Kingdom

April 17, 1967

The Jimi Hendrix Experience perform two songs, “Manic Depression” and “Purple Haze” for the BBC Two program Late Night Line-Up. The show airs on May 17th as part of their show “Psychedelic Happening,” which also featured an interview with the band.

Unfortunately, the original tapes from the program were never preserved and all that remains is a copy tape from a later re-broadcast of the program that omitted “Purple Haze.” This source tape was used in 1998 for the inclusion of “Manic Depression” on the acclaimed compilation The Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions.

Set List: Manic Depression // Purple Haze

1967 April April 17 City of London Kingsway Studio Late Night Line-Up London United Kingdom Media Television Appearance The Jimi Hendrix Experience

April 25, 1967

Beginning late in the evening of April 24th and through the early hours of April 25th, Hendrix joined Chas Chandler and Eddie Kramer at Olympic Studios to work on final mixes (stereo and mono) for several songs slated for inclusion on Are You Experienced, including: “Foxey Lady,” “Manic Depression,” “May This Be Love,” “Fire,” “Remember,” “Third Stone From The Sun,” and “Love Or Confusion.”

Tape Log: Foxey Lady // Manic Depression // May This Be Love // Fire // Remember // Third Stone From The Sun // Love Or Confusion

1967 April April 25 Chas Chandler City of London eddie kramer Greater London Jimi Hendrix Olympic Studios Recording Studio Recordings United Kingdom

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