Jimi Hendrix Experience-Electric Ladyland 45th Anniversary,pt 1

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It does not take too much contemplation to figure out why Electric Ladyland, the third and, as it turned out, last Jimi Hendrix Experience album, is my favorite of the three. “A fever dream of underwater electric soul…” is how Rolling Stone editors describe the double album when ranking Electric Ladyland at #55 on their Top 500 Albums of All Time. Hendrix’s return to the homeland security of New York City after living and recording Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold As Love in London is reflected in his embracing so many Afro-American musical touchstones on Electric Ladyland, including falsetto background vocals of “Crosstown Traffic”, the rave up rhythm and blues of Earl King‘s “Come On pt 1″, the jazz of “Rainy Day Dream Away/ Still Raining, Still Dreaming” with Buddy Miles laying down an Elvin Jones-like groove, and the steamy hot  midnight blues of “Voodoo Chile” featuring the thunderous bass of Jefferson Airplane‘s Jack Casady, the soulful Hammond organ of Traffic’s Steve Winwood, and the wettest, widest lead guitar ever captured on tape courtesy of James Marshall Hendrix. Biographer and reissue producer John McDermott is featured along with one of the last interviews with dear sweet Experience drummer John “Mitch” Mitchell in the first of  our two-part In the Studio special on Electric Ladyland‘s 45th anniversary. -Redbeard

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(L to R: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding; recording engineer Eddie Kramer at rear)