Are You Experienced was a thunderous and wondrous debut, Axis Bold As Love a curious, thoughtful, intriguing follow up using the studio as an additional instrument. Electric Ladyland was a stupendous statement of artistry, power and diversity. A double album, it is quite extraordinary with its composition and contrast, from the hard and heavy of Voodoo Chile Slight Return to the strange psychedelia of 1983, the classic rendition of Dylan's All Along The Watchtower to the heavy visceral blues of Voodoo Chile (the full version).
Extraordinarily it met with mixed reviews when it was released in 1968, but through time opinions have evolved into viewing it as a classic, and one of the greatest rock albums of all time. It proved to be Hendrix' last genuine studio album (others have been released that are amalgamations of studio recordings, but that were never pulled together by Jimi Hendrix into a cohesive and intended release).
Cover art for the album is worth an article in its own right. The Music On Vinyl version is released with the blurred orange/red image of Hendrix against a dark background. His wishes for the cover were never followed, and the original cover for release in the UK was of nineteen nude women lounging in front of a black background, a version that ofended him considerably. The irony here is that the very first version of this particular cover, noteworthy for having different coloured lettering inside the gatefold (blue), now commands proposterous amounts of money (well over £1000) on the second hand market if the sleeve and records are in excellent condition.
1. AND THE GODS MADE LOVE
2. ELECTRIC LADYLAND
3. CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC
4. VOODOO CHILE
1. LITTLE MISS STRANGE
2. LONG HOT SUMMER
3. COME ON
4. GYPSY EYES
5. BURNING OF THE MIDNIGHT LAMP
1. RAINY DAY, DREAM AWAY
2. 1983 (A MERMAN I SHOULD TURN TO BE)
3. MOON TURN THE TIDES.....GENTLY GENTLY AWAY
1. STILL RAINING STILL DREAMING
2. HOUSE BURNING DOWN
3. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
4. VOODOO CHILE (SLIGHT RETURN)