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Please try again later. Good quality but slightly off pressed label. Verified Purchase. Just getting into vinyl, which has definitely proven to be an expensive habbit.
I was surprised to see this album on gram vinyl for under twelve bucks, remastered from original Analog by Jimmy's former engineer none the less! I literally had to check to make sure I was reading the price right as this was over half off what my local record shop was charging.
It was on backorder but came less than a week and a half after I ordered it. The Hendrix family authorized vinyl records are usually done right. They are usually pressed on high quality, thick vinyl Mixed and remastered with care for the music and intent And are placed in expensive rice paper plastic sleeves. The album covers are usually done well and faitful to the original.
This is in a thick gatefold vinyl jacket which has a paper booklet inside which contains photos of a letter than Jimi wrote to his publisher on hotel stationary talking about how he wanted the album cover designed and the notes. I was amazed at how much of a control freak Jimi was based on this letter but this is a man who knew what he wanted and was polite but uncompromising and driven.
Really cool to include this. This is the first time I've ever seen a bit of a flaw on a Hendrix album. For under twelve bucks I won't complain as it just looks a little sloppy and doesn't affect the album. The album itself is ranked as one of Jimi's best. You'll notice a lot of experimentation with sound effects on this.
It starts off and continues a few times throughout by using some tricks to almost make you think there is an issue with your album or turntable. Only to realize it was an audio trick.
Don't expect straight up rock and roll. This is a jam album with long guitar and drum solos. Very mellow and good background music. It has a very Buddhist feel Almost Japanese type of Zen. At one point it's a 5 minute guitar riff solo with windchimes and no vocal which builds up to a drum solo and then electric guitar. Jimi takes you on the ride he wants to take you. This is certain chill out music with haunting vocals. I'd put it up there with The Beatles' Sgt.
Pepper and The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds for audio tricks and blending blues, rock and roll with experimental music. I've never heard the original pressing so cannot compare but it's reassuring to know that Jimi's own producer had a hand in the remastering.
It may be a bit more bass heavy as is the preference of today's listener but it has a wonderful deep and full sound. It will take you on a journey. This won't be everyone's cup of tea as Jimi was way ahead of his time. This isn't jukebox or party music But this is an LSD trippy chill out album and any true fan of Jimi would be happy with it. If you are looking for Hendrix standard songs, buy a best of album. This one shows why Jimi was and still is way ahead of his time and why there will never be another quote like him.
At this price, buy it! The only flaws are the off-pressed label and also maybe the fact that because the songs are longer and more drawn out, you have to flip or change the albums a bit more than seems standard. Big deal or not? Everything about this Electric Ladyland reissue is perfect, in every conceivable way. Excellently pressed records, centered and silent when meant to be. The description says that the master was prepared from the original session tapes by Jimi's original sound engineer.
And it sounds like it. I believe this pressing presents Jimi's magnum opus to the listening ear the way he wanted it to be heard, even played on my relatively modest sound system. It is auditory beauty. I have no issue whatesoever with the actual physical records. My issue occurred with the gatefold packaging. On the inner surface, as you open it up, the part along the spine where the two LPs meet has split open. It's not a big deal, right? I didn't think it was worthy of sending it back for a replacement.
Everything else about the records and the gatefold is perfect, so this sticks out. Am I being ridiculous? By Nino Cosoleto-Miller on October 2, Images in this review. Mine sounds absolutely terrible compared to the original 70's pressings. Several newer albums I recently purchased sound so clinical and digital I can assure they were all made with Chinese cutters and masters. I really don't like the sound at all. Remember how terrible the first cd's sounded? Well this sounds like it was ripped from one of those cd's!
I have one sealed Electric Ladyland on Reprise from the 70's that I have never opened, and after listening to this I just may open it! This album is Jimi Hendrix's self-proclaimed Masterpiece! He claimed that every note on this record was completely intentional, every sound and effect was carefully crafted and created for the fulfillment of the work. This album is everything that Jimi was hoping to achieve. Even with the limitations of the recording processes of the time this record is as fresh and vital today as the day it was recorded.
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Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Recording Industry Association of America. Aledort, Andy Hal Leonard. Pollock, Bruce; Stix, John eds. Black, Johnny Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Experience. Thunder's Mouth Press. Christgau, Robert Jimi would reach out and grab anything he possibly could get his hands on if he thought it could produce the desired sound for him. That was before I went to England. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using.
I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day. You get off in another way with all those people there.
You get another feeling, and you mix it in with something else that you get. The Scene was a magnet for touring musicians, and it was not unusual for Hendrix to spend a few hours jamming at the Scene with whoever was there, and then head back to the Record Plant for some late-night recording.
On the night of May 2nd, , after encountering Steve Winwood and Jack Casady at the Scene — both of their bands were in town for gigs at the Fillmore East — he brought them back to the studio and instructed Eddie Kramer to set up the microphones for a Scene-style jam session with Mitch Mitchell on drums. When he finally did begin recording, Jimi would be playing for the benefit of his guests, not the machines….
We got it. Finally I just threw my hands up and left. It was a party, not a session. In addition to being a musical perfectionist, Hendrix had very specific visual ideas for Electric Ladyland.