My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Electric Ladyland was recorded throughout much of 1967 and 1968 and was subsequently released in October of 1968. This is first album produced by Hendrix himself and the last to feature the Experience.
What I think: Like the first Experience album, I was kind of surprised by how much I liked it. The album really starts with “Have You Ever Been” and “Crosstown Traffic” which have almost a soulful vibe that I really enjoy. Things then get really bluesy with the fifteen minute “Voodoo Chile”. Hendrix’s electric blues have a really authentic feel that I don’t get from some of his contemporaries and that makes this extended track really enjoyable. The songs continue for another three sides and the highlights for me were “1983”, which is really beautiful in its simplicity; the genius of “All Along the Watchtower” and the final song “Voodoo Child (Slight Return) with it’s almost constant soloing.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Initially critics were skeptical of this album, because of its length. They thought it was rambling and unfocused. While I also believe that is true, in this case I think it is a positive. I certainly agree that this should be here.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (93/116)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%