Recorded in the spring of 1969 before a raucous sold-out audience, this captivating
L.A. Forum show by the original JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE with drummer Mitch
Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, has never before been released in its entirety.
The LP was recorded by Wally Heider and Bill Halverson contemporaneously and remixed by Eddie Kramer (MC5). It was produced by Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. and the sister of Jimi. The package’s liner notes are by former LA Times staff writer/critic Randy Lewis with a preface by ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons who attended the Los Angeles Forum show, having toured with the Experience, as part of The Moving Sidewalks, his pre-ZZ Top band.
Last Sunday the late iconic guitar hero JIMI HENDRIX would have celebrated his 80th birthday. To remember him a new live album will be issued on 18 November
on 2LP vinyl, CD, and all digital platforms. It includes an incendiary 17-minute medley
of ‘Voodoo Child (Return)‘ and Cream’s ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’.
The lonplayer(s) is the registration of a concert
at the Los Angeles Forum on 26 April 1969.
“The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 was
recorded by Wally Heider and Bill Halverson contemporaneously, and
recently remixed by longtime Hendrix producer/engineer Eddie Kramer
for maximum audio fidelity.”
ELECTRIC LADYLAND was the third and also final studio album by the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE. It was released by Reprise Records in North America and Track Records in
the UK. On 16 November 1968, 51 years ago it topped the Albums Chart in the US
while it peaked at #6 in the UK. The record contained a cover of Bob Dylan‘s All Along
The Watchtowerwhich became Hendrix‘s highest-selling single and the astonishing 15 minutes long Voodoo Chile.
Here’s the story of the artwork controversy of the album’s cover(s)…
The US front cover as released by Reprise Records. A blurred
photo of Hendrix while performing at Saville Theatre in London.
The controversial UK cover with nineteen nude women as released by Track Records. Several record dealers refused to sell the double LP while others sold it with the gatefold cover turned inside out, or in a brown wrapper.
The cover Jimi Hendrix had chosen, but was ignored by the record companies.
A photo taken by Linda Eastman, Paul McCartney‘s first, late woman.
On 16 December 1966 – 52 two years ago – immortal guitar wizard JIMI HENDRIX,
bassist NOEL REDDING and drummer MITCH MITCHELL released their debut single
‘HEY JOE‘ in the UK. It was actually a cover of an American rock standard from the early 1960s, registered for copyright in the United States in 1962 by a certain Billy Roberts and covered afterward by countless artists, with the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s version as the most famous one. Click here for a charged live version…
Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
15 October 2018
Band: THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
Album: ELECTRIC LADYLAND – third and final (double) longplayer
Released: 16 October 1968 – 50 years ago
ALL MUSIC wrote: “Jimi Hendrix’s third and final album with the original Experience found
him taking his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit. The result was not only one
of the best rock albums of the era, but also Hendrix’s original musical vision at its absolute apex. When revisionist rock critics refer to him as the maker of a generation’s mightiest dope music, this is the album they’re referring to”
Full review here – Score: 5/5
TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Eric Clapton was GOD, Jimi Hendrix was the DEVIL.
STANDOUT TRACKS : Voodoo Child (Slight Return) / Voodoo Chile / Along The Watchtower
* VOODOO CHILD (Slight Return) – totally demonic…
* VOODOO CHILE – mindboggling jam extravaganza …
* Great info video on Voodoo Child / Voodoo Chile…
* ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER – the electrifying Bob Dylan cover…
When I went back in time to find out which outstanding
longplayers still sound spectacular today after 50 years I
was really surprised that some of them actually turn fifty
as you hear their influences daily in 21st century music.
Here’s my selection. Ten classics! Ten stunning survivors!…
1/ ‘ASTRAL WEEKS’ by VAN MORRISON Rolling Stone wrote: “Van Morrison never sounded more warm and ecstatic,
more sensual and vulnerable, than on his enigmatically beautiful solo debut” Released: 29 November 1968 Listen: here
2/ ‘BEGGARS BANQUET’ by THE ROLLING STONES Time Magazine: “England’s most subversive
roisterers since Fagin’s gang in Oliver Twist” Released: 6 December 1968 Listen: here
3/ ‘THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY’ by THE KINKS Rolling Stone:“Each new hearing is a combined joy of renewal and discovery” Released: 22 November 1968 Listen: here
4/ ‘WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND All Music wrote: “It’s easily the least accessible of VU’s studio albums, but anyone
wanting to hear their guitar-mauling tribal frenzy straight with no chaser will love it.” Released: 30 January 1968 Listen: here
5/ ‘GRIS-GRIS’ by DR.JOHN Rolling Stone: “A swamp-funk classic. ‘Gris-Gris’ blends
New Orleans R&B, voodoo chants and chemical inspiration.” Released: 22 January 1968 Listen: here
6/ ‘THE BEATLES / THE WHITE ALBUM’ by THE BEATLES All Music wrote: “None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together,
but somehow The Beatles create its own style and sound through its mess.” Released: 22 November 1968 Listen: here
7/ ‘OGDENS’ NUT GONE FLAKE’ by THE SMALL FACES All Music wrote: “The ballsiest-sounding piece of
full-length psychedelia to come out of England in 1968” Released: 24 May 1968 Listen: here
8/ ‘DANCE TO THE MUSIC’ by SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE Rolling Stone:“Overall the album is uneven, but its highs are intense,
prolonged and ecstatic. Seductive melodies and horn lines tickle your mind.” Released: 27 April 1968 Listen: here
9/ ‘ELECTRIC LADYLAND’ by JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE All Music:“Jimi Hendrix takes his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit.” Released: 16 October 1968 Listen: here
10/ ‘MUSIC FROM BIG PINK’ by THE BAND Rolling Stone: “The rustic beauty of The Band’s music and the drama of their own
reflections on family and obligations made ‘Big Pink’ an instant homespun classic.” Released: 1 July 1968 Listen: here