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Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival
Freedom Atlanta Pop Festival album cover.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedAugust 28, 2015 (2015-08-28)
RecordedJuly 4, 1970
Venue Atlanta International Pop, Byron, Georgia
Genre Rock
Label Legacy
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Miami Pop Festival
Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival
Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show

Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival is a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix, released in 2015. It documents his July 4, 1970, performance at the Atlanta International Pop Festival. The festival's audience, subject to a wide range of estimates from 200,000-400,000, was the largest U.S. crowd to which Hendrix played during his career. [1] [2] [3]

Recorded around the middle of his The Cry of Love Tour, Hendrix is backed by Billy Cox on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. [3] The sixteen songs were recorded during their evening performance and include a mix of popular Jimi Hendrix Experience-era tunes, and his newer compositions, "Message to Love", " Freedom", and "Straight Ahead". [2] [4] However, the album does not include his closing number, " Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)"; biographer Keith Shadwick notes tuning problems with the song. [4]

Electric Church video and other releases

The album was released on August 28, 2015, and a video documentary, Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, including Hendrix's performance premiered on the American cable television network Showtime on September 4, 2015, with a commercial DVD/Blu-Ray release on October 30. [2]

Prior to 2015, songs and video clips of Hendrix's performance had been released several times, [3] such as on Johnny B. Goode (1988) and disc four of Stages (1991).

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [3]

In a review for AllMusic, critic Sean Westergaard gave the album four out of five stars. He notes that Hendrix falters a bit on the rarely played " All Along the Watchtower", but praises his performance of " Hear My Train A Comin'", which he calls "an absolutely incredible version ... a guitar performance nearly equal to " Machine Gun" on Band of Gypsys, [and] one of the greatest solos of his career." [3]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

Disc one
1." Fire"5:05
2."Lover Man"2:59
3." Spanish Castle Magic"5:21
4." Red House"8:27
5."Room Full of Mirrors"3:19
6." Hear My Train A Comin'"9:32
7."Message to Love"4:54
Total length:39:13
Disc two
1." All Along the Watchtower" ( Bob Dylan)4:19
2." Freedom"4:08
3." Foxy Lady"4:30
4." Purple Haze"4:19
5." Hey Joe" ( Billy Roberts)4:37
6." Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"7:58
7." Stone Free"5:25
8." Star Spangled Banner" (Traditional)2:47
9."Straight Ahead"4:52
Total length:42:53



Chart (2015) Peak
Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Flanders) [5] 86
Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Wallonia) [6] 33
Dutch Albums ( Album Top 100) [7] 22
French Albums ( SNEP) [8] 89
UK Albums ( OCC) [9] 87
US Billboard 200 [10] 63


  1. ^ Santelli, Robert (1980). Aquarius Rising: The Rock Festival Years. Dell Publishing. p. 270.
  2. ^ a b c Kreps, Daniel (August 3, 2015). "New Jimi Hendrix Documentary Focuses on Historic Atlanta Pop Concert". Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e Westergaard, Sean. "Jimi Hendrix: Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival 1970". AllMusic. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Shadwick, Keith (2003). Jimi Hendrix: Musician (1st ed.). San Francisco: Backbeat Books. p. 228. ISBN  0-87930-764-1.
  5. ^ " – Jimi Hendrix Experience – Freedom – Atlanta Pop Festival" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  6. ^ " – Jimi Hendrix Experience – Freedom – Atlanta Pop Festival" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  7. ^ " – Jimi Hendrix Experience – Freedom – Atlanta Pop Festival" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  8. ^ " – Jimi Hendrix Experience – Freedom – Atlanta Pop Festival". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Jimi Hendrix Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2015.