This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Electric Ladyland, a momentous album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience that included hits such as “Voodoo Chile,” “All Along the Watchtower” and more.
The 50th Anniversary box set, which will be released on November 9th, includes a remastered 5.1 surround sound mix by Eddie Kramer who had previously collaborated with Hendrix, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Kiss and many more. The set is available as a 3 disc CD and blu-ray set or a 6 LP and blu-ray set.
The album was one that Hendrix was very hands on with. He came up with the themes, songs and overall tone for Electric Ladylyand – even contributing to the original album art. It was the very first album the guitarist and songwriter produced and directed.
This deluxe edition includes the original double album plus Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes, which is comprised of 20 never heard before demos and outtakes. In addition, there is also a live album, Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At the Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68, which was recorded just weeks before the release of the album. Hendrix played a number of his hits during this show including hits like “Hey Joe” and his cover of the Cream song, “Sunshine of Your Love.” These live recordings have never been released before so if you’re a big Hendrix fan, this is your chance to listen to something completely new.
The sets, whether you get them as vinyls or CDs, will also include a blu-ray documentary on the making of the album called At Last… The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland. This behind the scenes look includes footage of the band, and other guest artists discussing their experience recording the album like Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Buddy Miles, Steve Winwood and more.
“LP’s to us are like personal diaries,” Hendrix once said during an interview. With the announcement of this Electric Ladyland box set which includes everything above plus copies of his notes and photos, it’s hard to argue that this album was anything but personal.
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