On My Record Player Part 13

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (1969)

In the first few years I was learning to play guitar, I would ignorantly praise Hendrix as superior to Marley, for no other reason than I was more familar and focused on Rock music than I was with Reggae. That being said, anytime is a good time in someone’s life to become familiar with Jimi Hendrix music from his unfortunately short but brilliant musical career. Electric Ladyland was released as a double album, one of the first after Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and The Mothers of Invention’s Freak Out! Having this much space to record a major record must have been an incredible experience to be adventurous in the studio with the beautiful moments in Jimi’s performance in each of the songs. His rendition of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” is a well recognized masterpiece that showcases the energy of that historical era of the late 60’s. Oh, I just noticed the presence of the talented drummer Mitch Mitchell who just passed away a year ago. He is great. Hey Louie Yabes is here! I’m just gonna enjoy the music and catch up with an old friend.

Blender Magazine – 5 out of 5 stars.

“It wasn’t just slopped together; every little thing you hear there means something,” said Hendrix of his two-LP masterwork, his final completed studio album. And though it isn’t perfect, perfection wasn’t the idea. No previous rock album had flowed like this, and while jazz albums often support as many contrasting sonic moods, Louis Armstrong himself didn’t match Hendrix’s appetite for sound effects and general silliness. His spaced-out spirituality is the fullest musicalization of “psychedelic” ever accomplished.


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