Electric Ladyland [CD/DVD]

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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 reissue) for taking Hendrix's visions of a soundscape behind his music and giving it all context, experimenting with odd mike...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
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 reissue) for taking Hendrix's visions of a soundscape behind his music and giving it all context, experimenting with odd mike 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 more than one generation of players, 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. The 2010 Legacy edition adds a short documentary DVD featuring interviews with Chas Chandler, Mitch Mitchell, and Noel Redding, as well as Eddie Kramer in the studio with the multi-track masters. Kramer does some interesting track isolating on "Crosstown Traffic," "Voodoo Chile," "1983," and "Gypsy Eyes" (where he shares some alternate intros). There are also some cool images and film footage of Jimi shown while the music takes center stage. But this mini documentary focuses more about chronicling the growing rift and ultimate split between Jimi on one side, and Chas and Noel on the other, than celebrating and dissecting the music itself. As such, it's the least engaging of these new mini-documentaries, although still worthwhile. ~ Cub Koda & Sean Westergaard
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886976216429
  • Catalog Number: 762164

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Primary Artist
Jimi Hendrix Indexed Contributor
Al Kooper Piano
Buddy Miles Drums
Steve Winwood Organ
Mike Finnigan Organ
Jack Casady Bass
Larry Faucette Conga
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, Remastering
George Marino Remastering
Derek Taylor Liner Notes, Essay
Gary Kellgren Engineer
Phil Yarnall Reissue Design
Jeff Leve Writer
Janie Hendrix Remastering
John McDermott Remastering
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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    I am a life long follower of Jimi Hendrix I was insulted by this

    I am a life long follower of Jimi Hendrix I was insulted by this CD which is clearly done for profit only! The "family issued" should be pulled from the market and we should get our money back!! Jimi would be pissed off and angry!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An excellent and proper reissue of the Hendrix catalog. Highly recommended!

    Aside from the splendid reissue of the classic album you will find a short DVD od Bonus material with Eddie Kramer as well as some great liner notes.

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