For week four of the T.T.T.T.T. segment, this time I didn’t choose a hand-me-down record from my father. Instead, this record I bought myself. This week’s featured record is the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland. A bit of a change in genre for this week but a great record nonetheless.
I actually knew about this album a little while ago when I finally started to branch out and give older rock music a chance (not to mention I took a history of rock course in school a couple of years ago). Out of the copious amounts of music and demos that Jimi Hendrix is responsible for, this album is by far my favorite. I saw Electric Ladyland in a local record store and it was the only copy they had in stock. So naturally, I had to buy it, and I plan to keep it for a very long time.
Some would consider Jimi Hendrix’s music psychedelic rock, and that is very true in some cases as the very first track “…And the Gods Made Love” takes you on a very strange journey that leads into the next song, “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)” which introduces you to the record as a whole.
Jimi has been argued to be the best guitarist of all time, but in order for him to be the rock star that he once was and carry the legacy he has now, he was required to use his vocals, which he didn’t necessarily want to do. It’s weird to think that this record was released only nine years after my parents were born, but this music is truly timeless and enjoyable as a cohesive listen.
My ultimate favorite song from this album is the 15-minute-long “Voodoo Chile” as it shows off Jimi’s guitar improvisation and an overall fun jam session with him and the Experience. Other songs on this record that are more well known are “All Along The Watchtower” which is probably his most popular to date, and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” which has an entirely different sound than the song I mentioned earlier. If you don’t have much experience with Jimi Hendrix (no pun intended) this is a great album to get you introduced to him. Either this or his first album, Are You Experienced.
Give it a spin below via Spotify: