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"Crosstown Traffic"
Crosstown Traffic cover.jpg
West German single picture sleeve
Single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
from the album Electric Ladyland
B-side" Gypsy Eyes"
  • November 18, 1968 (1968-11-18) (US)
  • April 4, 1969 (UK)
RecordedDecember 20–21, 1967
Studio Olympic, London
Genre Psychedelic funk, [1] acid rock, blues rock
Length2:18 [2]
Songwriter(s) Jimi Hendrix
Producer(s)Jimi Hendrix

"Crosstown Traffic" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience for their third album, Electric Ladyland (1968). It was released as a single after " All Along the Watchtower", reaching number 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 37 on the UK Singles Chart. [3]


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. With its hard rock riff, the song is an example and mixture of blues and acid rock. [4] [5]


Billboard described the single as a "pulsating swinger" that "will make a powerful chart dent." [6] Cash Box described it as an "explosive session" with "massive instrumental impact and a heavy vocal." [7]


  1. ^ Dave, Moskowitz (2010). The Words and Music of Jimi Hendrix. ABC-CLIO. p. 43.
  2. ^ From the original US Reprise Records single
  3. ^ The Jimi Hendrix Experience in the UK Charts, The Official Charts.
  4. ^ The Album. ABC-CLIO. 17 October 2012. p. 3. ISBN  978-0-313-37906-2.
  5. ^ Patricia Romanowski Bashe; Patricia Romanowski; Holly George-Warren; Jon Pareles (1995). The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. Fireside. p.  58. ISBN  978-0-684-81044-7.
  6. ^ "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). Billboard. November 23, 1968. p. 83. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  7. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. November 23, 1968. p. 22. Retrieved 2022-01-12.