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THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: ELECTRIC LADYLAND

Jimi Hendrix

 

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4.03 | 398 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This third and unfortunately last studio album (actually a double album) is a return to the psychedelic roots shown in ''Are You Experienced''.

The start is quite slow and only from ''Crosstown Traffic'' one can find the Hendrix we all love, but again this track is really too short (but so there were on their previous album). The first two tracks are really some sort of hors d'oeuvre so to say.

The next track, ''Voodoo Chile'' is a quite extended (fifteen minutes) slow blues song which is some sort of long introduction for the better known (and also much better musically IMO) ''Voodoo Child (Slight Return)''. Interesting to mention, there is a huge organ part played by Steve Winwood in here. It is the first time that so many guests are present on an ''Experience'' album.

This album sounds therefore more sophisticated than any other one they have released.

We are brought back into the West coast psychedelia with '' Little Miss Strange''. But to be honest, even if this album holds a lot of good ideas and a more complex structure than usual, few songs from it will be remembered for the posterity. The proof being that very few of them will be included in the ''Experience'' live sets. Still, the guitar performance during ''Come On'' is exceptional (but Jimi IS one of the best guitar player of all times). Or is he THE best one?

His exceptional skills are highlighted in '' Voodoo Child (Slight Return)''. Obviously one of his all time best. Immortalized at the mighty Woodstock gig.

What's for sure is that Hendrix has to be SEEN. And then you will understand what I mean. Therefore his live performances and the videos/DVD available are of immense interest (more than his studio works IMHHO).

I would place this album (quality wise) between their excellent debut and their average ''Axis''. Three stars. There is also an interesting DVD about the making of ''Electric Ladyland''.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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