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Electric Ladyland


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 12 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002P5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. ... And The Gods Made Love - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3. Crosstown traffic
4. Voodoo Chile
5. Little miss strange
6. Long hot summer night
7. Come on (let the good times roll)
8. Gypsy eyes
9. Burning of the midnight lamp
10. Rainy day dream away
11. 1983 (a merman I should turn to be)
12. Moon turn the tides...gently gently away
13. Still raining, still dreaming
14. House burning down
15. All along the watchtower
16. Voodoo Child (slight return)

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If it's true that songwriters have a vision in their head of what their dream album would be, Electric Ladyland was the project Jimi Hendrix hoped would be as close to perfection as possible. No longer content with the rush-recorded psychedelic pop-rock of Experienced and Axis, Ladyland was an exploration of what could be achieved with time, money and experience. Jimi's soul roots from his session days shine through for the first time with the laid-back groove of the title track and the doo-woppy "Long Hot Summer Night" showing a vocal style reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield. It's hard to pick a standout piece as the quality of the album is so high, but the four-part dream segue of "Rainy Day", "1983", "Moon Turn the Tides" and "Still Raining" is a monumental piece of early prog rock continuing the acid-soaked ideal of extraterrestrials, love, peace and war that he started earlier on with "Third Stone from the Sun". However, it's not all spectacular drawn-out blues jams and sublime soundscapes, Electric Ladyland managed to produce Jimi's only UK No. 1 single, "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" plus the timeless classics "Crosstown Traffic" and "All Along the Watchtower" making it arguably the best studio album the Experience produced in their brief career together.--David Trueman

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This is one of a handful of contenders for greatest rock album of all time. It contains unsurpassed richness, variety and beauty, best illustrated by these three: the experimental jazz of Rainy Day Dream Away, in which guitar licks turn to dripping raindrops, the manic, sizzling blues of Voodoo Child (Slight Return), and the epic oceanic adventure of the ponderously titled 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) / Moon Turn the Tides (Gently, Gently Away). Between these three tracks can be found the genius of Jimi Hendrix in full scope, and a demonstration of what wonders can be done with the guitar. The lengthy 1983/Moon at times seems like a multisensory extravaganza, not merely music. Listen to it carefully, and follow Jimi from a war-torn world of bombs and arguments into an undersea paradise where a new civilization dawns and "man is full of cheer", then back above the water's surface where only a dead landscape remains, a lonely seagull cries, and the moon orbits above, turning the tides through eternity. Can music paint pictures? In Hendrix' hands, it certainly can, and he will make you feel strong emotions of grief, wonder and joy that perhaps offer a glimpse into the elusive soul of the man himself. While the above three songs make this the best Hendrix album ever, there are at least five other 5-star songs: "All Along the Watchtower", "Come On", "Gypsy Eyes", "House Burning Down", "Crosstown Traffic" - and still more! And guess what? Nobody talks about Hendrix' vocals, but he shines as a singer as well as a guitarist. Just listen to the second verse of "Watchtower" - he is powerful and precise while conveying conversational spontaneity, bringing to urgent life Dylan's words "no reason to get excited" and "the hour is getting late". As I said, this album is unsurpassed, or - to use a quaint 1968 phrase that is apt here - mind-blowing.
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Although Hendrix would really hit his peak while working on the "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" LP, Electric Ladyland stands as Jimi's best finished and officially released work. Here he takes the experiments seen on his previous albums and magnifies them a hundred-fold. Although tracks like "...And the Gods Made Love" seem silly nowadays, their strength lies in the fact that Jimi was utilizing the studio more like an instrument than any other musician before or since. This is also probably the best showcase for Jimi's guitar playing ("Band of Gypsys" could be argued similarly, though). Jimi also plays fine bass throughout, as Noel Redding was in the process of quitting. (And speaking of Noel Redding, his one and only composition on the album "Little Miss Strange", is an underrated and overlooked tune that features very interesting and original chord changes.) Because Jimi was no longer under the pop-obsessed management of Chas Chandler, he was free to basically do whatever he wanted in the album. That meant that he made some fine, experimental tracks like "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" and "Gypsy Eyes", but some people will find his extended jam-like tracks ("Voodoo Chile" and "1983") to be boring and oppressive. Jimi fans, like myself, will love it all, however. The standouts of the album include the title track, both versions of "Voodoo Chile", "1983", "Burning of the Midnight Lamp", "Rainy Day, Dream Away", "The House is Burning Down", and probably the finest - Jimi's brilliant take on Bob Dylan's masterpiece "All Along The Watchtower", where all the elements of the album come together perfectly.Read more ›
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Electric Ladyland marks to be Jimi Hendrix's third studio album. When this was released on double LP im sure it was a very big deal. Mostly back in the 60's when double lps were released everyone got excited. The first time I heard those sounds, his guitar playing, and the powerful vocals I could not stop listening to Jimi Hendrix. Electric Ladyland basically turned me on to Hendrix's music. Ladyland was way past its time it was well composed. I even heard Hendrix in some interview long way back stating Electric Ladyland was more serious than his other two records I personally agree. I think in the recording process of Electric Ladyland Hendrix was doing some great things.
Electric Ladyland became Jimi Hendrix's best selling record ever in the USA. The whole album is filled with songs that everyone should enjoy. Crosstown Traffic is a really cool song with alot of kazoo sounds. I also love the rain effects on rainy day dream away. All Along The Watchtower is another favorite, I always thought Hendrix's version was way better than Dylans. I also love Voodoo Child slight return. For most Electric Ladyland tells a story from each song. Jimi Hendrix was a genius in that studio during the process of Ladyland. But enough is enough Electric Ladyland is the best rock n roll album ever to be created. I still cant believe some 30+ years back Hendrix did all the things he did. But I am going to stop writing and tell every single last person BUY THIS. Highly Recomened!
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By Luke H. on March 20 2004
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Electric Ladyland was released in 1968 it sold over 1 million copies within its first week. Electric Ladyland was orginal a double lp set with beautiful sounds. I am pretty sure the begining song And The God Made Love was played backwards on tape like hendrix did with the song Are You Experienced. Have You Ever Been(To Electric Ladyland) has a different tempo to it their was alot of different effects on the song. I still cant believe all those sounds were thought of back then hendrix was a genius. Next is Crosstown Traffic their is an added cazoo to the song its really cool. Then their is the 11minute song Voodoo Chile this song had no effects it was all just hendrix's guitar plugged into his marshall stack which was really bluesy. Next is Little Miss Strange written by Noel Redding it is performed on twelve string guitar.Long Hot Summer Night,and Come On(Let The Good Times Roll)are two cool blues songs. Gypsy Eyes has some cool effects it sounds like hendrix performed the old reverse tape trick. Then their is Burning Of The Midnight Lamp, following Rainy Day, Dream Away.
Next is 1983...(A Merman I Should Turn To Be), then Moon,Turn The Tides..gently gently away, then Still Raining, Still Dreaming with some cool rain effects. Then their is the best blues song on the album House Burning Down it reminds me of Red House. Then the last two songs are my favorite All Along The Wacthower, and Voodoo Chile(slight return). The booklet includes a story by Derek Taylor who met Hendrix in 1970 very cool story. Also their is Jimi's orginal handwritten notes for electric ladyland and a poem titled Room Full Of Mirrors that was written at Denver, Colorado, Semptember 2, 1968 around the time of the album.
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