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THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: ELECTRIC LADYLAND

Jimi Hendrix

 

Proto-Prog

4.03 | 398 ratings

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Sheavy
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4 stars This last studio album (before his untimely death) shows Jimi all over the map stylistically, and also trying to put to rest the accusations leveled at him about not being a good songwriter. This double album I think shows his songwriting skills in top form, with the only cover song being the excellent rendition of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower.

There is also a pretty impressive line up of musicians aside from the usual Experience players. For starters there is Steve Winwood, Al Kooper, Dave Mason, Buddy Miles, Brian Jones, and Jack Casady.

This also shows Jimi showing that he can do some Prog epics in studio, those two songs being Voodoo Chile and 1983. I like both of these songs, especially Voodoo Chile, which has some very impressive soloing from Jimi, and some impressive drumwork from Mitch Mitchell.

Some other stand out songs include the song which gives the album it's name. A lot of people complain that Jimi Hendrix is a very bad singer, well, Electric Ladyland shows just how wrong those people are, and that if Jimi wanted to sing "clean", he could. The closing Voodoo Child is also another standout song with more great Jimi solos.

While this album is just a bit to sprawling and un-even for it to be a masterpiece, it still needs to be heard by all the Prog heads out there.

Sheavy | 4/5 |

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