Electric Ladyland

Electric Ladyland

by The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe Jimi Hendrix Experience


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Jimi Hendrix's third and final album with the original Experience found him taking his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit. The result was not only one of the best rock albums of the era, but also Hendrix's original musical vision at its absolute apex. When revisionist rock critics refer to him as the maker of a generation's mightiest dope music, this is the album they're referring to. But Electric Ladyland is so much more than just background music for chemical intake. Kudos to engineer Eddie Kramer (who supervised the remastering of the original two-track stereo masters for this 1997 reissue on MCA) for taking Hendrix's visions of a soundscape behind his music and giving it all context, experimenting with odd mic techniques, echo, backward tape, flanging, and chorusing, all new techniques at the time, at least the way they're used here. What Hendrix sonically achieved on this record expanded the concept of what could be gotten out of a modern recording studio in much the same manner as Phil Spector had done a decade before with his Wall of Sound. As an album this influential (and as far as influencing a generation of players and beyond, this was his ultimate statement for many), the highlights speak for themselves: "Crosstown Traffic," his reinterpretation of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," "Burning of the Midnight Lamp," the spacy "1983...(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)," and "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)," a landmark in Hendrix's playing. With this double set (now on one compact disc), Hendrix once again pushed the concept album to new horizons.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886919389326
catalogNumber: 193893
Rank: 591

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimi Hendrix Experience   Primary Artist
Kooper   Piano
Buddy Miles   Drums
Steve Winwood   Organ
Mike Finnigan   Organ
Jack Casady   Bass
Larry Faucette   Conga
Jimi Hendrix   Handwriting
Chris Wood   Flute
Freddie Smith   Horn

Technical Credits

Earl King   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Noel Redding   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer,Liner Notes
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Gary Kellgren   Engineer
Phil Yarnall   Reissue Design
Karl Ferris   Cover Photo
Jeff Leve   Writer
Derek Taylor   Liner Notes,Essay

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