7: JIMI HENDRIX – ‘ELECTRIC LADYLAND’
The third studio album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience led to the eventual demise of the band, and Hendrix splitting from his manager, after arguing over studio time and the number of takes that were being recorded–50 alone for “Gypsy Eyes”. The album also had some notoriety in the UK because of its cover of 19 naked women–a cover Hendrix was against and embarrassed by, he had requested a band portrait with children by Linda Eastman. All this aside, Electric Ladyland a brilliant album that confirmed Hendrix’s maturity as an artist and told of the promise of greater things to come–which, sadly, was never to be.
Wendy James: ‘The Jimi Hendrix Experience final album with “Cross Town Traffic”, “Voodoo Chile”, “All Along The Watchtower” (by Dylan) on it. I choose “All Along The Watchtower” as my cut from this album but honestly all of it is mind-blowing. Produced by Hendrix himself, and released in 1968, recorded partly in London at Olympic and also here in NY at The Record Plant and featuring lots of additional guest spots from people like Al Kooper Dylan’s keyboardist, and future Band of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles as well as the line-up of Jimi, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. Hendrix is mind-blowing, Hendrix is King.’
Favourite Track: “All Along The Watchtower”
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