Electric Ladyland is the third and final album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience. This wacky little rock album is not only one of the most far out albums in our time but one of the best rock albums to ever exist.
Thinking back to 1968, I can only imagine what was going through peoples minds when Electric Ladyland hit the shelves. Up until this point there had been nothing like this out there (that wasn’t other Hendrix albums). Yes, there was some impressive players and bands playing some cracking tunes. But nothing that quite lives up to this grand scale. Nearly fifty years after the records initial release, this album is still being used as an example of intense emotional guitar playing and is still widely regarded as one of the finest listening experiences in modern music. That is quite an impressive achievement when you think about it.
Normally I do not shy away from criticising otherwise legendary albums. However this is one of those rare moments when I have nothing to mouth off about. Electric Ladyland holds some of the finest music of its time in the likes of the fifteen minute epic blues Voodoo Chile, Gypsy Eyes, Still Raining, Still Dreaming and of course the incredible Bob Dylan cover All Along The Watchtower. These songs are full of some of the most memorable musical passages in rock. Listening to the likes of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) you can’t help but just sit in awe at the immense sound coming from the guitar. The credit does not solely go to Hendrix either. As I mentioned in a previous review, the rhythm section featuring Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell are absolutely stunning. They smash their way through every song with fierce precision, jazzy fills and so much bluesy soul. That sound, it is just beautiful.
If you are lucky enough to get your paws on the stereo version of the album, you are in for a trip. The bands instruments do not stay in the same spot through out the album. Instead you will find each instrument spinning round an audible circle. Listening to this album through head phones is a fairly out of this world experience as you hear the guitar play circles round your head only to be follow by the drums. This is some pretty spectacular studio skills and (in my opinion) it is vastly superior to the mono version I own on vinyl.
I could spend hours of my life praising an album like Electric Ladyland. This record is a timeless piece of history that I feel every rock, blues and heavy metal musician should own. You can hear so many influences on modern music on this album alone. This impressive piece of music is sadly the last we heard of Jimi Hendrix as he died not long after. I think you owe it to yourself to have this in your collection, there is no reason not to.
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Track Listing :
- ...And The Gods Made Love
- Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
- Crosstown Traffic
- Voodoo Chile
- Little Miss Strange
- Long Hot Summer Night
- Come On (Part 1)
- Gypsy Eyes
- Burning of the Midnight Lamp
- Rainy Day, Dream Away
- 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
- Moon, Turn The Tides... Gently Gently Away
- Still Raining, Still Dreaming
- House Burning Down
- All Along The Watchtower
- Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)