Tuesday, December 23, 2008

ALBUM REVIEW: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland by Johnny Moon

From the first track you can tell that Electric Ladyland is not just another rock n roll album. This is Jimi Hendrix's ultimate psychedelic trip and what a trip it is. If you enjoy listening to music that is more than something to sing along to but instead a real "experience" then this is an album that I beg you to check out.

You may feel like you've heard all you need to hear from Hendrix because you have one of his greatest hits albums. I understand that feeling as I used to sort of feel like that myself but his albums are worth checking out, in particular this one which was the third (and sadly, final) studio album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

It contains some songs you are likely to be very familiar with such as "Crosstown Traffic," "All Along the Watchtower," & "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" but many of the songs you've probably not heard before and they promise to be the real treat.

"Voodoo Child" is a 15 minute epic that starts off as a simple blues song before eventually taking off into interstellar territory. But my vote for the trippiest sequence on the album starts with track 10 "Rainy Day, Dream Away" and finishes up with track 13 "Still Raining Still Dreaming." Included in that sequence is the incredible 13 minute mindwarper "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be.)"

The album also includes "Little Miss Strange" which is unusual as it features the band's bassist, Noel Redding, on vocals rather than Hendrix. Redding also wrote the song which is similar in style to some of the psychedelic pop bands of the era (but with Jimi Hendrix on lead guitar.)

This is a great album which features great songs, interesting experimental production, and far out arrangements. It's a must have for anyone who appreciates trippy rock music.

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