Hey, this is one of the classic albums made by a man who took the electric guitar to places no one else could, then and now. It is just great stuff by a young, intuitive virtuoso just hitting-his-stride before we lost him. Still rocks! See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. I am so enjoying this album, I bought it on a whim after watching 'The Making of Electric Ladyland' - part of the Classic Albums series, so now know just what went into each track.
Jimmy Hendrix was just a little before my time, and I never appreciated him when I was young, and it's actually my son who has been inspired by him as a guitar player.
Now I can see or hear why. This record lives in a way little modern music does, and now the electric guitar is firmly established in our musical landscape, I realise just what an influence Jimmy had, and what a truly great album this is. For me this is the pinnacle of Hendrix's work and is worth buying for the extended version of Voodoo Chile alone.
What needs to be said about this album has been said countless times and if you haven't got it in your collection then you need it. A double vinyl on its original release it is now a very affordable single Cd, so just buy!
Bringing back memories from the past, great tracks and ground breaking stereo effects. Not likely to impress anyone used to a diet of X-Factor product.
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It peaked at number six in the UK, where it spent 12 weeks on the chart. Although the album confounded critics in , it has since been viewed as Hendrix's best work and one of the greatest rock records of all time. Electric Ladyland has been featured on many greatest-album lists, including Q magazine's list of the greatest albums and Rolling Stone ' s list of the greatest albums of all time , on which it was ranked 53rd.
Hendrix was famous for his studio perfectionism; he and drummer Mitch Mitchell recorded over 50 takes of " Gypsy Eyes " over three sessions. He sang backing vocals himself on the title track and on "Long Hot Summer Night". Hendrix allowed friends and guests to join them in the studio, which contributed to a chaotic and crowded environment in the control room and led Chandler to sever his professional relationship with Hendrix.
It was a party, not a session. Redding, who had formed his own band in mid, Fat Mattress , found it increasingly difficult to fulfill his commitments with the Experience, so Hendrix played many of the bass parts. Hendrix experimented with other combinations of musicians, including Jefferson Airplane 's Jack Casady and Traffic 's Steve Winwood , who played bass and organ on the fifteen-minute slow-blues jam " Voodoo Chile ". King, Al Kooper , and Elvin Bishop.
According to music journalist David Stubbs , Electric Ladyland is "undoubtedly a rock album, albeit rock on the point of evolving into something else. Electric Ladyland is a cross-section of Hendrix's wide range of musical talent.
The album also features an electric reworking of the Bob Dylan classic " All Along the Watchtower ", which has been well-received by critics as well as by Dylan himself,  and also " Voodoo Child Slight Return ", a staple of both radio and guitar repertoire.
Hendrix had written to Reprise describing what he wanted for the cover art , but was mostly ignored. He expressly asked for a color photo by Linda Eastman later known as Linda McCartney of the group sitting with children on a sculpture from Alice in Wonderland in Central Park , and drew a picture of it for reference.
Track Records used its art department, which produced a cover image by photographer David Montgomery , who also shot the inside cover portrait of Hendrix, depicting nineteen nude women lounging in front of a black background.
In France and the Benelux countries, Hendrix's recordings were released by Barclay Records ,  and Electric Ladyland featured a front cover photograph by Alain Dister ,  and inner sleeve photographs by Jean-Pierre Leloir and Donald Silverstein. Electric Ladyland was released in the US on October 16, Electric Ladyland confounded contemporary critics; reviewers praised some of its songs but felt the album lacked structure and sounded too dense.
He found the production exceptional—"the best job of stereo for its own sake I know"—and was surprisingly impressed by the quality of the lyrics. While most guitarists in rock believed improvisation to be a straightforward endeavor, Christgau said "Hendrix achieves unique effects, effects you'll never get from Kenny Burrell ", citing "Voodoo Chile" as an example.
Over time, Electric Ladyland ' s critical standing improved significantly, with author and musicologist John Perry describing it as "one of the greatest double-albums in Rock. As was common with multi-LP albums, sides one and four were pressed back to back on the same platter, likewise sides two and three. This was called auto-coupling or automatic sequence and was intended to make it easier to play through the entire album in sequence on automatic record-changers. In this case it has led to some CD releases of Electric Ladyland that have the sides in the incorrect one-four-two-three order.
A new 50th anniversary edition was released on November 28, It features Hendrix's originally intended cover, and is available as a box-set with either a Blu-ray disc and 3-CDs or a Blu-ray disc and 6-LPs. The Blu-ray includes a 5. The box set also features early takes, demos and live concert from September 14, , at the Hollywood Bowl plus a documentary "At Last From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Archived from the original on December 1, Retrieved March 23, Retrieved March 24, San Francisco Art Exchange. Retrieved February 10, Track Records , , cover photo. The Rough Guide to Jimi Hendrix. Rough Guides. ISBN The Words and Music of Jimi Hendrix. France: Barclay Records. Liner notes. Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 21, Stereo Review.
No one knew it at the time, but the new tracks Hendrix was referring to — which he, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell had been working on intermittently since the previous summer — would form the nucleus of Electric Ladyland , the sprawling double album that would finally see the light of day October 16th, The final studio album ever recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience , and their only one to top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Electric Ladyland saw Hendrix moving light years beyond his two previous works, Are You Experienced?
But while many Hendrix fans today regard Electric Ladyland as his true masterpiece, its birth was a profoundly difficult one. Hendrix found himself frequently frustrated by trying to make the music on tape match the sounds in his head, while his drive for perfectionism and his endless fascination with sonic experimentation wound up alienating some of his most trusted colleagues. On November 9th , Sony Legacy will offer additional insight into the multi-layered and -hued work with the release of a massive 50th- anniversary box set that includes outtakes, demos, a new 5.
Give me a comb. Somebody get me some cellophane. Which I just thought was amazingly brave for someone to do. 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. Sold by: TheWorldShop. Sold by: i-Deals Store. Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon.
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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.
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