- Melody / Hooks
“Take the juice from one bottle of that Ol’ Janx Spirit. Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V.
Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzene is lost).
If Electric Ladyland was a drink it would be the legendary “Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster” created by none other than Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Electric Ladyland is the third and final record from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, recorded in both London and at New York’s Record Plant, again under the auspicious engineering of Eddie Kramer. Hendrix’ legendary obsession with recording multiple takes of every song, (over 50 takes for “Gypsy Eyes”) created tension with then manager / producer Chas Chandler (former bass player with The Animals).
Chandler who had produced produced both “Are you Experienced” and “Axis: Bold as Love“, had been responsible for bringing Hendix to London and launching his career, but during the Electric Ladyland sessions he quit, leaving the album’s production up to Jimi Hendrix himself. The results are something to be believed.
This album also features a Who’s Who of rock music icons – the spellbinding talents of:
Buddy Miles (Electric Flag, Band of Gypsys),
Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane),
Dave Mason (Traffic, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Cass Elliot),
Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones),
Al Kooper (Cream, Blood Sweat and Tears, Bob Dylan, The Who, Lynyrd Skynrd, B.B. King etc.),
Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis, Traffic, Blind Faith, Lou Reed, David Gilmour, Talk Talk, Paul Weller, etc.).
“I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.”
If you threw Hendrix’ previous two albums “Are You Experienced” and “Axis: Bold As Love” into a blender with some voodoo space-blues, low down dirty grooves, funk, rock and roll, some orchestration and mixed them into a transcendental masterpiece of songwriting, guitar playing prowess, musical exploration, ufology, time travel and the foreboding sense that the world is about to end this is the rich aural, mind-blowing, pan-galactic guitar gargle blaster you’d be drinking.
Hendrix Guitar Style
The sheer emotional intent and naturally fluid, yet singular focus of Hendrix’ guitar shines through as the band delivers illuminating and expressive masterpiece after masterpiece, proving that not only is he the world’s greatest guitarist, but also that his vision, songwriting and production seamlessly evolve on this record into a rarefied and unified odyssey that both explores and explodes genres.
There will be more on Hendrix – subscribe to our feed – this Hendrix record gets 5/5 across the board.