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Electric Ladyland [Box set]

Jimi Hendrix Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B001M4O2VG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimi's Masterpiece - Ten Stars 27 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
What else is there to say about this album, easily one of the top ten all time great rock records. Are You Experienced is another top ten effort, too, and you should listen to and absorb the earlier album before you try this set.

Electric Ladyland is a sprawling, brilliant display of song-writing, guitar and studio wizardry and features five of Jimi's all time greatest numbers: Burning of the Midnight Lamp, Gypsy Eyes, Voodoo Chile, Crosstown Traffic and All Along the Watchtower, easily the best ever Dylan cover.

It also includes a bit of filler - Little Miss Strange and Come On, for example - but that somehow makes the rest of the album even better.

Rainy Day Dream Away, 1983 and Moon Turn the Tides, which made up the original Side Three of the LPs, are quite unlike anything else Jimi did and are part of what makes this album so special. They're jazzy, experimental, spooky, beautiful and timeless.

This was the only album over which Jim had total artistic control, with the curious exception of the cover: both his US and British record companies ignored his wishes, and he hated the `naked cover' in particular.

Unless you're really in need of looking at slightly distorted women, avoid the double disc set, which was the first issued CD version of this album and featured the 'naked' cover.

Not only was the sound pretty average and full of hiss and noise, but the way the CDs were laid out, sides one and four of the original LPs were put on one CD, and sides two and three on the other! This brilliant strategy mucked up Jimi's careful running order and resulted in `Still Raining, Still Dreaming' appearing before the track which preceded it.

This issue of the album is the one to get.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The third album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience was released in 1968 and, more than 40 years on, justifiably finds its place in most people's top ten greatest rock albums of all time.

However the fame/notoriety of EL doesn't really do it justice: to realise just how ground-breaking and innovative this project was, how revolutionary in concept and execution, you need to listen to it against other music from the period. Hendrix re-defined what could be done with the electric guitar and his excellent song-writing, experimentation with sound and uniquely creative lyrics offer a rewarding experience to anyone interested in the evolution of modern music.

The original 2-disk album had 16 tracks of varying length (of course on the vinyl - the only format available until the 1980s - this meant four `sides' of music). The running order chosen by Jimi and put out on release was:

Side 1
1. And the Gods Made Love
2. Have you ever been to Electric Ladyland?
3. Cross Town Traffic
4. Voodoo Chile (the long, bluesy version)

Side 2
1. Little Miss Strange (composed by Noel Redding)
2. Long Hot Summer Night
3. Come on (let the good times roll)
4. Gypsy Eyes
5. Burning of the Midnight Lamp

Side 3
1. Rainy Day, Dream Away
2. 1983: A Merman I should turn to be...
3. Moon, turn the Tides

Side 4
1. Still Raining, still Dreaming
2. House Burning Down
3. All along the Watchtower (Jimi's seminal and definitive version of Bob Dylan's original song)
4. Voodoo Chile slight return (the 5-minute full-on version with that famous intro)

Now, this album contains everything: first-class electric blues (`Voodoo Chile'); experimental soundscape (`And the Gods...
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you ever been? 2 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
While credited to the Jimi Hendrix Experience, this is as much Jimi with the "friends and passengers" he credits on the inner sleeve as anything.
The other thing this album is, undeniably and ecstatically, is a masterpiece. From the Stratocaster-as-flushing-toilet opener "...and the Gods Made Love", to the closing firepower of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", arguably the most incendiary rock performance ever committed to tape, this album uses its seventy minutes frighteningly well.
It would be untrue to say that this album was a tightly-structured programme of impeccably-planned music, but that really wasn't the point, as Hendrix had proved himself a master of that artform with producer Chas Chandler on the first two Experience records. Chandler having left, Hendrix was free to fill his record with deeply soulful recastings of blues-standards (the fifteen-minute "Voodoo Chile"), psychedelic symphonies ("1983 (a Merman I Should Turn to Be)"), and laid-back jazz musings (the two-sided blow that is "Rainy Day Dream Away" and "Still Raining, Still Dreaming").
Taken as a whole, this album covers as much ground as any record you care to name. As well as demonstrating once again that Hendrix was a master songwriter and performer, it features his finest cover version, in the form of Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower". Not to mince words, this is as good as rock music gets. Your collection has a gaping hole in it if you do not own "Electric Ladyland".
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 40th Anniversary edition 9 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
Most people will know about Jimi's classic Electric Ladyland album but I would imagine that many are more interested in the DVD content. Its not the Classic Album DVD but a new documentary, circa 90 minutes long with archive footage, and interviews from different eras with the main protagonists in the Jimi Hendrix Story. Some of the Classic Album footage is within the content but there's enough of interest to make getting this collectors edition worthwhile, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hendrix the guitar God
Excellent album. Superb pressing in all respects I.E. sound quality is superb, low surface noise and fantastic content. Read more
Published 12 days ago by syd
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hendrix classic
Hendrix delivers his third (and final) Experience album and it is hard to argue against giving it a 5-star rating. Read more
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ALthough slightly to young to be part of it , hearing this sort of music made you aware that not only you were alive but the world and age you we're living in was also alive... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album especially on 180g vinyl
Great album, not much to say except it's such a shame the PC brigade has made the record company issue this without the original classic cover.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. Galbavy
5.0 out of 5 stars Still breathing
If you’re still breathing! You’ll love it, the sounds that keep life real, the best 1.99 you will spend, now play on. Dit, dit dit,
Published 2 months ago by Mr Alan D Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hendrix in his Prime
1.99 as an MP3 it was a double vinyl back in the day and would have been more than 2 quid, I never did buy it on vinyl then probably couldn't afford it , but I can now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot say "no" to this album
Hendrix was the best.
This album is unbelievable value and it's a masterpiece.
Even after all this time no-one can do it better.
Published 3 months ago by P. Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful
Whilst I enjoy Axis: Bold as Love more you cant help admire this cosmic double album. Pity it doesn't have the original sleeve.
Published 4 months ago by Prus Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix at his very best. Some truly great classics on this album such as Burning of the Midnight Lamp, Voodoo Chile and All Along The Watchtower.
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Vinyl
Classic Album. You cannot beat the sound of Vinyl. Far better than Digital. Has a much broader tonal range and fuller sound.
Published 6 months ago by Mike SE19
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