Electric Ladyland is the third and final studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the final studio album released in Hendrix's lifetime before his death in 1970. Released by Reprise Records in North America on October 16, 1968, and by Track Records in the UK nine days later, the double album was the only record from the band produced by Hendrix. By mid-November, it had charted at number one in the US, where it spent two weeks at the top spot. Electric Ladyland was the Experience's most commercially successful release and their only number one album. It peaked at number six in the UK, where it spent 12 weeks on the chart. Electric Ladyland included a cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower", which became the Experience's best-selling single, peaking at number six in the UK and 20 in the US. Although the album confounded critics in 1968, it has since been viewed as Hendrix's best work and one of the greatest rock records of all time. Electric Ladyland has been featured on many greatest-album lists, including Q magazine's 2003 list of the 100 greatest albums and Rolling Stone's 2020 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, on which it was ranked 53rd.Wikipedia
I love Jimi Hendrix on so many levels. However I do think this album suffers from being a bit unfocused due to its length. Love many individual tracks and the psychedelic effects in the production. Love the way certain tracks flow into one another. This may sound crazy but I actually prefer something like the wandering soundscapey "1983" to something like the bluesy "Voodoo Chile" - Its funny cause if they were played live I'd probably prefer it the other way around, but on record (especially on headphones) I lean towards the more experimental, and the face melters don't do as much for me. One of my first CDs was a Jimi Hendrix compilation so many of these songs run deep with me due to nostalgia.
Day 40 of Albums You Must Hear Before You Die!! Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In the last week or so, I’ve been able to discuss so many iconic artists in music. Some I know more about than others before hearing their records, but the ones that really leave a lasting impression on the culture are the ones that follow their own intuition, the ones that fight to take their deserved spot at the top of the hill, and the ones that are self made and aren’t willing to negotiate one single bit when it comes to their vision. Jimi Hendrix paid his dues by making other amazing artists sound even better. Before he was Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy James played for legendary acts such as, The Isley Brothers, Ike and Tina, Sam Cooke and Little Richard. His flashy and flamboyant ways would sometimes infuriate the stars of these acts (Little Richard), and it became more and more evident that Jimmy James was meant to become Jimi Hendrix and blaze his own trail, like a shooting comet in the sky. Jimi Hendrix is as pure of a blues guitarist as you can get. He made a reputation for himself by playing his Stratocaster electric guitar unlike anyone else, as if he was possessed by his instrument and was just a mere medium used to convey messages from another realm. Before Hendrix, amplifier feedback, fuzz and distortion was unwanted and frowned upon, he would however, use these sounds to convey even more emotion into his instrumentation. He also played his guitar upside down (he was left handed), he would play with his teeth and behind his back. When Jimi would go off on a long solo, he would close his eyes and seem to drift away into the music. This may be because he couldn’t read music, and instead of identifying musical notes on a sheet of paper, he saw the notes as colors in his head. I love that. Electric Ladyland would be Hendrix’s final album before his premature death in 1970. It’s a double LP and would be his most successful album of his very short career, and would reach the number one spot. Have You Ever Been To Electric Ladyland is an R&B introduction into his final experience. Crosstown traffic is one of my favorites on this album, with its upbeat tempo and unique riff. There are two completely different versions of Voodoo Chile, the second of which is much more known and a little bit better, but they are both great. Long Hot Summer Night is smooth and cooler than a polar bears toenails. House Burning Down is a great example of Jimi’s guitar being its own member of the band, it’s as if the instrument is singing its own lyrics. All Along the Watchtower is probably the most well known of all tracks on the record, and is another example of a Bob Dylan song being made better by someone else. Watchtower is one of the most iconic 60’s songs ever, and if there is a film or show about the war in Vietnam, you can bet your ass that this song is in there somewhere. Now, to be honest and fair, I do feel that this album is a little bloated in places and there a few songs that I didn’t particularly fall in love with. With that said, this is a must hear for sure, and a classic without doubt. I have to admit, I did not go into this album knowing a ton about Jimi Hendrix or his life. I found for myself a deeper appreciation for him, because he made his own way, and had fate not intervened, the possibilities of his potential were endless. I’m sure there were no shortage of people who attempted to discourage his desire of being his own man and fronting his own band. Some of the best artists to ever create, spend their lives being the back up to another person’s act, and live out their lives relatively unknown. If that’s what they want, that’s totally okay, but I tip my hat to those that break the chains that bound their creativity and forge their own path. Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!
It's going to be a bit difficult for me to review this record impartially. I was around when it came out and I pretty much accepted it as a masterpiece along with the rest of the world at the time, but here goes. ...And the Gods Made Love starts out the album with some primitive slowed down speech, flanging, stereo effects and the like, but even here, a high level of artistry and imagination is apparent. The first proper song, Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) blends rock, soul, and psychedelia seamlessly, with a flowing melody and changes which are as surprising as the seem inevitable. Cross Town Traffic gives us a jolt of pure pop. The low tech and inspired use of a comb and a piece of cellophane provides the vocal effects. Hendrix and Stevie Winwood (on organ) provide a master class in electrifying the blues on Voodoo Child that hasn't been approached, much less equalled since. I'm also amazed by how the musicians, seemingly communicating telepathically, improvise much of the music, building and building the drama and intensity throughout the 15 minute run time, without a wasted second. Hendrix's phrasing and tone are phenomenal on this live in the studio track, and Winwood comes close to matching him. Finally, with Little Miss Strange, we get a tune which is merely very good. Noel Redding's lead vocals are a little wimpy here, but it's a charming tune nonetheless. With Long Hot Summer Night, Hendrix is back to combining soul and rock in his unique way. Don't let the ease with which it goes down blind you to the complexity and taste of the composition and arrangement. Come On (Let The Good Times Roll) is a straightforward blues tune, good but nothing special. Hey, they can't all be great! Gipsey Eyes and Burning of the Midnight Lamp are accessible but wholly original, a neat trick. Midnight Lamp features Hendrix's mastery of the wah-wah pedal. The next suite, which took up a whole album side in the days of vinyl, gives us a demonstration of Hendrix's studio wizardry. It's been a long time since I've listened to this album. I've forgotten how effortless and soulful Hendrix was as a singer, composer and guitarist. Rainy Day, Dream Away gives us a stoned paean to rainy days, which drifts into the groove of the lyrics on 1983...(A Mermaid I Should Turn Out To Be). It meanders with a purpose, if that makes sense. It's blissed out meditation, pure music. I could go on, but I think y'all get the point. I haven't even talked about the incredible tango psychedelic rock hybrid House Burning Down or the definitive version of Dylan's All Along the Watchtower, the album's big hit yet. I don't know what drugs Hendrix was taking, but I want some! He does more with a primitive studio, standard rock trio instrumentation, and an occasional sax or organ than almost anyone has since, and this without the benefit of anyone blazing his path for him! The studio trickery, his approach to the guitar, his arrangements, all of it is unique to him! And he reached these heights in a scant few years! Electric Ladyland is more flat out astonishing with the benefit of 50 years of hindsight than it was at the time and that is saying something. 5 out of 5.
Jimi Hendrix on his worst day is still an unchallenged musical legend. That said, "Electric Ladyland" is not his best work. It's a bit of a disconnected mess. At times, the songs seem to lose track of their own melody and wander off into unplanned directions. Despite having some of Hendrix's biggest hits ("Voodoo Child" and "All Along the Watchtower") the overall impression is ... addled. Confused. Unfocused on the music. I suppose this is to be somewhat expected given Hendrix's mental state at the time but it's still a damn shame given his sheer, unbridled talent. It hurts to give this album 4 stars. While "Electric Ladyland" lacks the intensity and fire of "Are You Experienced" it still delivers the goods and absolutely deserves its place on this list. But it's not Hendrix's best work by a long shot and, sadly, it's not quite 5-star material.
I have little patience for 75 minutes of just pointless jamming but this has All Along the Watchtower so it gets two stars.
Look, we all know Jimi Hendrix is a rock god and his contributions to guitar are legendary, but this album is meandering and a bore. Boy, does it end strong, though! All Along the Watchtower and Voodoo Child (Slight Return) are a monstrous one-two punch.
"You cant hear jimmy...!"
Just. Great. A magnificent example of the breadth of Hendrix's styles and interests. And one of the longer albums on the list so far as well. Worth every minute!
Fantastic album full of classic Hendrix
Easy 5 here. Jimi absolutely must be heard before you die. Great, great album
A true musical experience. Just all around great album from one of the greatest guitar players ever.
Class album. Play it loud!
Absolute classic! Love this album so damned much and shmoke to it very often
There's an easy narrative to identify linking all his previous albums as steps towards this, the realization of all his creative faculties that were previously held back by producers and bad backing musicians. I don't know if it's all that serious. I think he's just having fun with pedals in a way that happens to sound fucking awesome
Une première mi-temps cataclysmique, néammoins Jimi est revenu des vestiaires avec de bien meilleures intentions. Délaissant sa voix de merde pour se reconcentrer sur ses fondamentaux, à savoir le maniement de la denommée "gratte" comme aime à l'appeler mon compère Robwurt pour se donner un air de guitariste de feu de camp, Jimi enchainera les dribbles chaloupées entre les cordes pour venir arracher la victoire dans le temps additionnel
Monsieur se permet de mettre ses plus gros tubes à la toute fin de l'album, comme pour nous signifier de bien aller nous faire foutre. Rien que pour l'attente j'enlève une étoile. Et t'as de la chance d'avoir été un ami de Cat Stevens car dans le cas contraire j'aurais mis 2.
He was obviously extraordinarily talented, but god this album felt like it would never end.
Clássicos voodoo child e all along the watchtower já estavam na minha playlist, mas o album todo é muito bom.
incredible, artistic, visionary
Legendary guitarist covering legendary songwriter on Watchtower. What could go wrong?
Incredible. A masterpiece.
Jimi just makes me happy.
Very good, jimi always good
absolute classic with unmatched guitar
So sexy, some songs jam too long (IMO) but that’s the whole thing
one of the best psychedellic albums ever written
Electric Ladyland is the third and final studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the final studio album released in Hendrix's lifetime before his death in 1970. Although the album confounded critics in 1968, it has since been viewed as Hendrix's best work and one of the greatest rock records of all time.
I've been waiting for this day for months now. Jimi Hendrix will forever be one of my favorite artists, and my favorite guitarist to ever live. He's unbelievably talented and creative. How can one group span so many genres on one album? The first few tracks of this album, for example: a psychedelic ambient interlude, a R&B/soul track that would sound at home on a Curtis Mayfield album, an upbeat rock staple, and a long blues track that you might hear at a Crossroads festival. I've been a huge fan of Jimi since I was in high school, and in the ten years that have passed since and all the other music I've experienced, I still haven't heard anyone do it like he did. And I haven't even mentioned the final two tracks: two of his best ever. I tend to cite Are You Experienced as my favorite Hendrix album, but this is right up there. Favorite tracks: Voodoo Child (Slight Return), All Along the Watchtower, Voodoo Chile, Come On, 1983, Crosstown Traffic. Album art: This red and yellow picture is one of several covers for the album, and perhaps the most iconic. There's also the notorious naked ladies cover, and a few others floating around. I have a bootleg copy of this on vinyl, and the cover is a solo portrait shot (and the naked ladies are in the gatefold). I'm not sure which of those three I like best. 5/5
Solo se puede decir es creatividad
Me encantó. Nunca me había tomado el tiempo de escuchar el disco entero. Realmente vale la pena.
Rock top top, guitarra CHORANDO
Hatte ein Erweckungserlebnis. Diese Wucht! Dieses Jazzschlagzeug! Diese LSD-Alkohol-Kombi!
5*...how can you not
Incredible. The two longest songs are exceptional and deserve to be every second as long as they are, not a single track feels like a miss, and Hendrix's cover of "All Along the Watchtower" is phenomenal. 10/10.
Beste CD in mijn bezit, welverdiende 5/5
Probably the least immediate of all his studio albums, but the #1 most likely to find myself getting lost in w/headphones on
Toda la potencia de Hendrix en cada tema del disco. La mejor guitarra de los 60. Deslumbrante y sobrecogedor.
Virtuos und unnachahmlich
Sprawling, eclectic, and teeming with ideas, Hendrix's last studio album bottles lightning in an instrument-defining moment. You can hear the different directions pulling at the edges of his interest: deep blues dirges ("Voodoo Chile"), sci-fi odysseys ("A Merman I Should Turn to Be"), hard rock ("Crosstown Traffic"), psychadelica ("Burning of the Midnight Lamp"), R & B ("Rainy Day, Dream Away"), and his transcendent and transformative cover of "All Along the Watchtower." Of course, Band of Gypsies would further showcase what might have come next, but there's something so raw and wonderful about this album. In that sense, it reminds me a little of The Beatles' 1968 record. Something in the air, maybe. Anyway, listening to this record really makes you reckon with just how innovative and genre-defining his guitar work has been over the years. Favourite tracks: "All Along the Watchtower", "Gypsy Eyes", "House Burning Down"
Mitch Mitchell was one of my favourite drummers growing up, and this album is one of the reasons why. The Band of Gypsies is so experimental here, and while Jimi Hendrix is often viewed as the father of prog rock, it's the melding of genres here that make this album such a treat to listen to. Hendrix is undeniably a great rock guitar player, but what's often overlooked is his pop songwriting craft. Fav Tracks: Burning of the Midnight Lamp, Voodoo Chile, All Along the Watchtower Rating: 4.5/5
Amazing album! I had read that Hendrix was a perfectionist in the studio and you here it in this album. He apparently produced a lot of the album himself. The guitar work is amazing. Based in blues and heavy rock it also incorporates so many other elements of funk, soul, psych-rock. The skilled musicianship throughout the album is next level. Arguably this could be considered the best all out rock album of all time and an album that saw Hendrix begin to take over in the studio and forge new directions. Favorites: All Along the Watchtower, Gypsy Eyes, Crosstown Traffic.
*incredible guitar obviously *a lot of different songs, didn't necessarily feel like one common theme *a lot of bops I haven't heard before & some classics
Absolute masterpiece of rock and roll. Jimi is the one-and-only, an irreplaceable axe genius. "All Along the Watchtower" is my favorite track.
I've listened to this album dozens of times. It's pretty amazing, especially "1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)" shifting into "Moon Turn Tides". It is an epic double album.
This is one of the best albums we have ever heard. Impossibly cool.
Hendrix’s magnum opus. You like stereo, right? This album plays like a hippie fever dream in the best way. A couple sprawling epics at either end of the album and a lot of hard rocking on all sides. And, of course, Watchtower, Hendrix’s ultimate Dylan tribute.
Jimmy fekkin' Hendrix! Jimmy is... well his music is just an experience :D Funky, groovy, sometimes rocky and always soul. Absolutely love it.
Perfection! True rock
What a fantastic album. One of the best rock albums of all time and one of Hendrix's most impressive works. Too many exceptional tracks to even list. This is Hendrix at his prime.
an inspiring masterpiece by a legendary virtuoso. you really should listen to it at least once in a lifetime.
Bad ass, bluesy, electric and legendary.
Jimi's cool, and this is a classic. Listening to the whole thing, I get a little exhausted, but All Along the Watchtower is a legendary piece to end on, I have tons of respect for how this album helped move psych rock and eventually metal forward. probably a 4 musically for me, but giving full 5 for the influence!
Emoji Monday. Track by track: 1. “…and the gods made love” 🤔 2. “Have you ever been to Electricladyland” 🙂 3. “Crosstown Traffic”🤘🚦🚦🚦🤘 4. “Voodoo Chile” 🤯🤘😃 5. “Little Miss Strang” 😐🙂 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)”. 🤘🤘🤘🤯🤯🤯🤘🤘🤘 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Rounding up, cuz
Obviously a classic
Classic. Loved it for years. The 1983 mermaid song has always struck me as underrated.
Jimi’s final album released during his lifetime is a sprawling work that incorporates some of his more grandiose tendencies into a more cohesive album. Jimi’s guitar work is groundbreaking as always and still sounds fresh today. He was and is a huge impact on players including myself
-cool stereo mixing throughout -I love the drumming in "Gypsy Eyes." A lot of it is so simple, but so effective -Great drumming in "Voodoo Chile," l especially at the end -Great bass, drums, and guitar in "Come On (Let the good Times Roll)" -"All Along the Watchtower" and "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" are absolute classics
Just a few days ago we got the preceding Jimi Hendrix album. I gave that one 4 stars. The reasons it didn't get 5 stars was that the tracks didn't feel completely fleshed out to me and there were no standout tracks for me. This one on the other hand has a couple fantastic tracks, especially Voodoo Chile, Voodoo Child and the masterful Bowie cover All Along The Watchtower. Great album, was a pleasure to listen to.
One of my favs.
After a godawful minute of noodle, once the album kicks in properly, it's great, a mix of the mellow, gentle soulful stuff that Hendrix doesn't get enough credit for, and big rock noise. Crosstown Traffic will never not be a joy. It's at its weakest when it goes too bluesy. Becomes a bit predictable and dryer - for example, Voodoo Child feels bloated after the first couple of punchy, brief songs. 15 minutes, with limited variation. 1983 is the same (except more psychedelic I suppose?) Burning of the Midnight Lamp is ace. Again, chilled, more contemplative Hendrix is brill. A qualifying moment here. Hendrix is clearly a one off, a definite genius, but it's been said a million times before, hasn't it. You don't need another white middle aged music critic to run over that shite again. This album contains at least 5 stone cold classics, some great album tracks, and is only let down by two overlong jam sessions. Given the sheer quality and talent on here otherwise, I'm tempted to be forgiving, and give it five stars regardless. I'll see how I feel in the morning. In the morning - it's 5. Don't know if the punchier songs would work as well without two excessive tracks giving them even more life. I think it's deliberate.
This was an entire musical journey but I loved every minute. 5/5 stars. I will definitely be revisiting this album again and again.
This album comes from a time in place that may never be replicated again. Mitch Mitchell's eccentric drumming brings an unique energy to each track that meshes with Noel Redding's bass and Jimmy's guitar in an ephemeral way that is hard to describe other than pure Rock n' Roll.
Absolutely incredible. 9-10/10 1. Crosstown Traffic 2. Voodoo Chile 3. All Along the Watchtower
Classic I've listened to many times before, many great songs!
A truly excellent and interesting rock album. I was only familiar with ‘All Along The Watchtower’ but I enjoyed the whole album, especially ‘Crosstown Traffic’ s as well. I might have to do a Hendrix deep dive!
It’s Jimi, what else do I have to say?
One of my favorite rock albums. Jimi Hendrix is a legend on the guitar and this album proves it. Probably my second favorite album by him as there are a few songs that are ok but most of it is awesome. 8.6/10
Mind healed, palette cleansed and chakras aligned - I'm ready for more PJ Harvey. Hendrix is amazing and this album captures lightning in a bottle.
This is a classic. Great songs on the album. I feel like I don't quite like it as much as some of his other ones bit this is still a rock great.
I could listen to this all day.
finnaly something from Jimi Henndrix, he was Freddie`s Mercury idol (thats literally all i know about him for know0, so i hope it will be good. ,,...and the God made love" emmm like it wasn`t even a song so, just noises, nothing to say ,,have you ever been (the eletric ladyland)" omg the voice at the start, so smooth and calming i love it, amazing. definitly too short ,,crosstown traffic" im already in love with his voice. the ,,chainges" in the melody were a little too much i can say (for me) ,,vodoo chile" that deep guitar at the beginning. just the vibe. immaulate. and the voice. so good. wait, ITS 15MIN LONG!? damn. but`s so good. omg its only getting better. i love it. it,s going to my liked songs on spotify. and the instrument? im literally impressed ,,little miss strange" instrumental line is so good, and the backing vocals. i liked previous more tho ,,long hot summer nights" i love that smooth vibe (kinda blues?) chill ,,come on (let the good times roll)" again good, i am a bof fan of his smooth voice, half of the song is a guitar solos ,,gypsy eyes" starts not as smooth but still good, has a vibe ,,burning of the midnight night'' not as smooth, noice vocal thats kinda drowned out by the melody line, not my favourite track tho still good ,,rainy day, dream away" good start with a vibe. the intruments tho, when the voice sings its turns smooth ,,1983 (a merman i should turn to be)" omg starts so good, calm and smooth, the longest songs seems to be the best as far. you can hear there a really good vocal yet still chill to it, im really impresed again, it changes throught the song it happens a lot there ,,moon, turn the tides... gently, gently away'' not as smooth ,,still raining, still dreaming" i like the start, nice guitar, later its a little to much for me ,,house burning down" cool vibe, energetic but not to much. i like it ,,all along the watchtower" so nice voice, really good vibe. i totally get it why its his the most listened song ,,vodoo child (slight return)" start is like fire under control, (kinda steady but still fire) guitar solo. amazing. im literally amazed with this album, his voice and some songs is so smooth i like that blues vibe so much. that kind of music i would like to hear in fancy bars/clubs. i liked every single song from here. the music line is also so good. i wasn`t even expecting this much, from the very firts nutes i knew this is IMMACULATE. i think i liked the most the ,,voodoo chile", ,,all along the watchtower" but iits kinda hurt to choose. i know i go back to this album not once not twice and i`ll DEFINITELY listen more from Jimi Hendrix. I gotta say Freddie has a taste (not that i would ever doubt it). SO GOOD. 9/10 FIVE STARTS (still hasn`t find here the FIIREE song that would HIT)
It is wild how much better this sounds in headphones. Changed the whole dynamic.
A quintessential classic-rock triumph, acting as Hendrix' last dying effort, and his best record at that. Coming in an at an hour 15 minutes, the double album ( a less experimented, let alone well done concept at the time of its release ), consisting of 16 tracks ( all varying in length still without ever bringing the pacing down to a halt ) proves to be Hendrix and his ever-so under appreciated bands most out-there and indulgent record, even after the psychedelic-rock fusion that was 1967s 'Axis as Bold As Love". With the more muddy, and low fidelity mix, regardless to wether or not it was intended, the album fulfills its name giving off an "electric" feeling. Paired with Hendrix' unparalleled guitar-work, and the improvisational chemistry of Mitch Mitchell ( the bands lead drummer ), everything works towards the laid back, groove session vibe this album works for. With longer live performances such as "Voodoo Chile", and "1983 ( A Merman I should turn to be )", and standouts such as "Voodoo child ( Slight Return )" ( My god what a riff ), The Jimi Hendrix Experiences 1968 Full Length Lp "Electric Ladyland" acts as an underdog to the bands more classic rock n roll, Chuck Berry-esque predeceasing work ( Most prominently their breakout debut album "Are You Experienced", albeit great in its own right )
Brilliant! An album that takes you on a bluesy, psychedelic journey of riffs and distortion. Some Classic choons and some of Hendrix’s biggest and best known. Sadly didn’t have to time listen to all of it so a second run is welcome
It might start to drag on a bit long but overall a masterpiece, tons of great tracks showcasing Hendrix's range from bluesy to psych.
This is why I like this project. I am sometimes reminded about a great album that I haven’t listened to in years.
Jimi Hendrix is just amazing. The guitar work speaks for itself and seems to speak of a different world. I also think that the quality of his voice is extremely special-gravely, yet smooth at the same time. I've never listened to this entire album and found a few songs stand out.
This link takes you to a cover band. That's not Jimi. That said, Electric Ladyland is a classic and shows the creativity of Hendrix. Great album!
Ruim de escutar trabalhando.
Vraiment trop bon, psychedelique, mais tres musicale, j’adore hendrix 5
Extra long album, but no fat to be found.
Classic rock is classic. And face-numbing.
Rock de Hendrix. Vinilo.
Really good Rock album. Jimi Henrix is amazing
An impressive and cohesive display of raw bluesy guitar talent. Starts off with a groovy funky intro before jumping straight into a performance that acts as a smack in the face. It follows into the 15-minute straight-up blues where we have plenty of time to pay attention to these strange techniques he pulls off, themes that he revisits in later tracks. Not to mention he will follow this track up in the closer as a rampant finish in one of his most famous songs. If you were feeling mixed about the album at the beginning, hopefully the ending of "Voodoo Chile" draws you in and excites you for what's to come... it feels like the real intro to the rest of the album. We start off some pure psychedelic rock tracks that would shock people if you told them this was Jimi Hendrix. Really groovy, but the guitar feats are there. You can't tell me those last 30 seconds of "Little Miss Strange" are like anything you normally hear. "Long Hot Summer Night" follows this trend before the speed ramps up in the very bluesy Earl King cover "Come On." Has a strong rock n roll feel, but the solos are insane, almost like Hendrix is making it his own. "Gypsy Eyes" starts off strong, one of the more complex songs out there, changing in tempo and style every 10 seconds, getting weird by the half-way point with the distortion carrying to the end of the song, before an anticlimatic finish. "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" returns to the psychedelic themes, a really trippy but beautifully melodic experience, incorporating gospel-like back vocals, wah-wahs, and a harpsichord. "Rainy Day Dream Away" is another groovy piece, feeling a little jazzy at times. Closing off the psychedelic experience of this meaty third of the album, we have the epic "1983," going on for 14 minutes. I would kill to see this live. Reminds me of Cream and the Doors near the end. So dreamy. Our final stretch of the album revisits many of the themes we've seen, except much harder and faster. "Still Raining Still Dreaming" starts us off with just like its sister jazzy track from earlier except just out of control... faster, crazier, and unpredictable. Insane closing. "House Burning Down" has more unconventional guitar work that screams at you with these deep sounds that abruptly come in and out. Finally, we have our last two classics. "All Along the Watchtower" is one of the best songs of the era... it's hard for people not to appreciate Dylan's fairytale songwriting or Hendrix's insane guitar-play, especially in that iconic solo. There are very few weaknesses in this album. Despite being a double album, I don't consider there to be any weak tracks, and the diversity and placements of interludes and long tracks help people digest the material. That being said, it is a very guitar-heavy album and can be hard for a lot of people to appreciate it all until they can listen and pick out each of the tracks, which is fortunately not too hard to do with all the diversity in style and approach. The track order is a huge strength. I think it was really smart to begin with a funky piece to ease in listeners and then get really hard with the guitar to entice them. I thought it was weird it have two psychedelic pieces, followed by two rough bluesy pieces, then back to the psychedelic, but I guess it's a necessary change. I also thought it was smart to end with a bang with those last four songs grouped together. There are a few cuts I would make. "Come On," "Long Hot Summer Night," and "House Burning Down" come to mind, but they aren't bad tracks by any means, just that I don't think they enhance the experience too much. Overall this is where Hendrix is at his peak in skill and composition, and should serve as evidence of why Hendrix is one of the greatest guitar players of all time.
Awesome, one of my favourite artists, and one of his best albums. Best songs are Crosstown traffic, voodoo Chile (both versions), and, best of all, all along the watchtower
The peak of Hendrix's career! And unfortunately the studio album he ever released :( This album is a masterpiece. I think it's too long, but it doesn't take away it's shine. Favorite tracks: * Voodoo Child (Slight Return) * All Along The Watchtower * Crosstown Traffic
Goated, favorite jimi album