Review #10: (Classic Album) The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland

Artist – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Album – Electric Ladyland

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Every 10 reviews i’ve decided to do something different and review a “classic” album. For my first i’ve decided to choose my personal favourite album ‘Electric Ladyland’ by my favourite guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix, born 1942, died at the young age of 27, but in this short time changed the face of rock music and became one the greatest guitarists ever. From starting his music career playing for artists such as Little Richard and The Isley Brother, Jimi Hendrix then began his own band and stormed the UK and USA, writing numerous excellent albums, performing now legendary shows at Woodstock and Montreal and becoming a friend and peer of other musicians such as Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.

Jimi’s most notable album has to be the double album ‘Electric Ladyland’, its notability coming from including one of the best covers ever written ‘All Along The Watchtower’ (originally written by Bob Dylan), One of Jimi’s Catchiest hits ‘Crossroad Traffic’, one of the greatest “guitar songs” ever written ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and a host of interesting/innovative other tracks which pushed blues-rock and production. This was the only album of which Jimi produced, therefore he really pushed the limits and tried things others hadn’t even thought of. Panning on the guitars is used to full effect on most songs to add depth and an odd swirling feel from ear to ear. Instrumentation is varied from just the standard vocals, guitar, drums and bass, in which the band are using numerous percussion instruments and most notably a piece of paper on a comb for the famous melody of ‘Crosstown Traffic.

Amongst all this innovation Hendrix calls back to his blues roots by writing a classic blues style track “Voodoo Child” which any of the greats would be proud of. Hendrix was never a fan of his own vocals, to the surprise of many musician, but in this album he excels, blasting out catchy melodies and harmonies that shine amongst his guitar licks. Jimis guitar playing needs no appraisal from me, but in this album he performs two of the greatest solos to ever be written ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ and ‘All Along The Watchtower’ which really speak for themselves. Bassist Noel Redding and Drummer Mitch Mitchell are outstanding as always, locking into everything Jimi plays with perfection. Specifically Mitch stands out incorporating jazz beats and extraordinary fills which at times compete with Jimi’s playing.

As previously stated, this is my favourite album, therefore i have been very positive towards it, but then again it wouldn’t be my favourite if i could think of anything bad to say. Thats my excuse anyway.


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