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Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix is a 1993 album recorded by various artists in tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The artists were drawn from many genres of popular music. Contributors include his classic rock contemporaries Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, blues man Buddy Guy, classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, alternative pop/rock bands Belly and Spin Doctors, hip hop artists P. M. Dawn, among others. According to the liner notes, the "artists were encouraged to not only record one of their own personal favorites but to also place their stamp on Jimi's songs." Several artists recorded radically different interpretations, particularly, P. M. Dawn, The Cure, Nigel Kennedy and Pat Metheny. Some artists, on the other hand, recorded versions that were rather similar to the originals.

Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
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Compilation album by
various artists
ReleasedNovember 9, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars [1]

The band M.A.C.C. is made up of Mike McCready (guitarist from Pearl Jam), Jeff Ament (bassist from Pearl Jam), Matt Cameron (drummer for Soundgarden and later for Pearl Jam), and Chris Cornell (singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave). The cover of "Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)" is their only known recording. All four members of this group had previously worked together on the Temple of the Dog project, and the song "Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)" was added to Temple of the Dog's live set in 2016.

Eric Clapton's backing group on the title track includes the three original core members of Chic (Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson) and is the last recording on which all three played together.

On February 9, 2015, the album was released for the first time on vinyl by Music on Vinyl.[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except track five (by Billy Roberts).

1."Purple Haze" (produced by Robert Smith and Bryan "Chuck" New) The Cure5:19
2."Stone Free" (produced by Nile Rodgers) Eric Clapton4:25
3."Spanish Castle Magic" (produced by Eddie Kramer) Spin Doctors4:06
4."Red House" (produced by Eddie Kramer) Buddy Guy3:48
5."Hey Joe" (produced by Ernie C)Billy RobertsBody Count4:28
6."Manic Depression" (produced by Jeff Beck, Eddie Kramer and Seal) Seal and Jeff Beck5:11
7."Fire" (produced by Nigel Kennedy) Nigel Kennedy4:39
8."Bold as Love" (produced by Stephen Street) Pretenders3:23
9."You Got Me Floatin'" (produced by P. M. Dawn) P.M. Dawn4:49
10."I Don't Live Today" (produced by Eddie Kramer) Slash, Paul Rodgers and Band of Gypsys4:32
11."Are You Experienced?" (produced by Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade) Belly3:38
12."Crosstown Traffic" (produced by Ron Saint Germain) Living Colour3:10
13."Third Stone from the Sun" (produced by Pat Metheny) Pat Metheny6:00
14."Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)" M.A.C.C.5:26


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  2. ^ Adams, Gregory (19 January 2015). "'Stone Free' Jimi Hendrix Tribute with the Cure, Eric Clapton, Body Count Given Vinyl Reissue". Exclaim!. Retrieved 11 May 2017.