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Jimi's Masterpiece - Ten Stars,
This review is from: Electric Ladyland (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.