October 16, 1968 - 2018: 50 years of Electric Ladyland.
THE GREATEST GUITAR PLAYER OF ALL-TIME !!!
No news here about the above statement, but let's add to that: suave, audacious, loud, obnoxious, talented, sexy, unpredictable, primal, experimental, humble, lovable and of course always entertaining ...Jimi Hendrix had it all !
Bred from late-50s blues masters: B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, Hendrix electrified his roots and gave it a boost of boogie and rhythm-n-blues to match.
With his band THE EXPERIENCE, featuring bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, they managed to release 3 studio albums: the mind-blowing debut 1967's Are You Experienced, the eclectic late-1967 Axis: Bold As Love and the final musical magic-trick: 1968's full stereo tour-de-force double-album: Electric Ladyland !
Recorded in Times-Square NYC at the height of the hippie movement by up-and-coming-star-producer Eddie Kramer, Ladyland was at the time, the most technologically advanced album ever recorded. Using delayed stereo choruses, flanging effects, reverbs on the drums, talk-boxes, double-tracking and of course Jimi's trademark wah-wah pedal ...Ladyland, is a studio mastery delight.
From the heavy saccade riffs of Crosstown Traffic, to the pounding rhythms of House Burning Down, to the eerie harpsichord of Burning Of The Midnight Lamp, to the "talking guitar" of Still Raining Still Dreaming, to the danceable Gyspy Eyes, to the heavy-pace and heavymetal-lesque solo of Come On all the way to the fan favorite of Voodoo Child ...Electric Ladyland is 75minutes of pure blues-heavy-psychedelic-rock nirvana !!!
Member of the 27-Club, Jimi sadly passed away in September 1970.
Still revered today as the greatest of the greats of the electric guitar, says: Page, Vai, Lifeson, Malmsteen, Gibbons, Satriani, Clapton, Van Halen, Iommi, Gilmour, Blackmore, Wylde and Slash to mane a few. Influenced millions of fingers, from blues to heavymetal, the maestro is still the almighty god, standing tall on top of rocknroll heaven.
In a gazillion years from now, in history-books, 3 things shall be mentioned to young earthlings:
1- The creation of the Universe, via the Big-Bang theory
2- The discovery of electricity by some old guy
3- Jimi Hendrix sets rocknroll on fire with his guitar
...and the Gods made love !
Electric Ladyland puts the OH ! in stereo !!!
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER at WOODSTOCK 1969
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