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ELECTRIC LADYLAND

Jimi Hendrix

 

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admireArt
4 stars In his 4/.6 legimate studio/live albums before 1969 (the year he took off; literally) Jimi Hendrix went his own way. He already was a well known talented young (very young) studio/guitarist at the time. Not unobserved in the scenes he moved through to pay the bill for whatever needed to be paid. (Well known to have pawned his guitar; more than once). This free-spirited natural born talented guitarist and composer; underline composer; saw no limits to the "Hippie Dream" or more politically correct nowadays; "Psychedelic" good life. As "far-out" as the character sounds; he was a natural musical genius; born in a lower-USA; economical class. The "wolves" knew it; and Hendrix himself could not care less about the whole thing; as long as he could pay the bills. Lets say he operated on an out of this world material frequency. So if a HUGE ammount of freedom and space is what he needs; that is what he gets! To make money you have to invest money. And that is what Jimi needed (the freedom; not the money; try to see it his way!) to get close to that always haunting progression of melodies, rhythms and sounds he never stopped imagining and chasing all thru his short life span. This huge freedom "given"; also meant the only Hendrix studio album professionally produced and engineered by Hendrix himself. TWO studios London/New York; all to his entire disposition. So Jimi flew off like never before even to his own infinite standards, . Lets´s say he transcended his own " industry Impossed format" (because yes; lots of "people" realized that they have found a "Goldmine" ( still is now) in the hands of this careless "Biz"; "money-unwise" artist) . But this free-spirited musician really had a very concrete idea of where he was heading and where wanted to go "music-wise". So in a tragic short discography; this is the closer he gets to the average understanding concept of progressive rock (not-funk; thank the gods!) . A virtous guitarist/composer who will haunt every guitar player of the world; forever and ever; in the most experimental, Avant/Garde Electronic Psychedelic Rock experience "America" and the world had never witnessed; up to that time. It still marvels; and yes! impossible to match. Additionally he is the guy who made the second best version known of the original composed Bob Dylans´s "All Along the Watchtower" So for newcomers this is like early "Ash Ra Tempel". USA made in 1968.- Full 4 Stars!......So why not 5; I meausure Hendrix with Hendrix; nothing else comes close.
admireArt | 4/5 |

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