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Crosstown Traffic (song)


Crosstown Traffic (song)

"Crosstown Traffic"
B-side "Gypsy Eyes"
Released November 21, 1968 (United States)
April 11, 1969 (United Kingdom)
Format Single
Recorded July and December 1967,
Olympic Studios, London,
January, April–August 1968;
Record Plant Studios, NYC
Genre Psychedelic rock, hard rock
Length 2:26
Label Reprise Records, Track Records
Producer Jimi Hendrix
The Jimi Hendrix Experience singles chronology

"All Along the Watchtower"
"Crosstown Traffic"
"Stone Free"

"Crosstown Traffic" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix. It was the second single released from the album Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #37 on the pop singles chart in the United Kingdom.[1]

Unlike many of the tracks on the album, this recording features the full line-up of the Experience with Hendrix, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell. Hendrix also plays a makeshift kazoo made with a comb and tissue paper in tandem at points with his lead guitar, and backing vocals are performed by Redding along with Dave Mason.

Cover versions of the song are numerous, having been recorded by Gil Evans, Charlie Daniels, Hed P.E. the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour, the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra and played in concert by countless others. In 1991, it was recorded by Emily Symons and the Channel 7 Australia ensemble Farmhouse.

The master version of the song is featured in the video game Rock Band 3.


External links

  • Songfacts
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