Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Electric Ladyland, Part 1The Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl7
  • GB1968-10-25
Track Record613 010[none]
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×12" Vinyl9 + 7
  • GB1968-10-25
Track Record613 008/9
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×12" Vinyl9 + 7
  • US1968-10-25
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)2RS 6307
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×12" Vinyl9 + 7
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)2335 203, 2335 204, 2612 037[none]
Electric Ladyland, Part 2The Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl9
  • GB1969-10-25
Track Record613017[none]
Electric Ladyland, Part 1The Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl7
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)[none]
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×CD8 + 8
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)823 359-2042282335920
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×CD8 + 8
  • JP1986-05-01
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)P58P-25001/24988005001481
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×CD9 + 7
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)CD 6307075992743324
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×CD9 + 7
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)6307-2075992744324
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)6307-2075992744324
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×CD8 + 8
Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!)P36P-22004~54988005056313
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×CD9 + 7
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use), Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases)2-6307, W2 6307075992744324
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
PolyGram International Music B.V. (not for release label use!)847 233-2042284723329
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
  • US1993-09-28
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCAD-10895008811089542
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
MCA Records Canada (1970–1995)MCASD 10895008811089528
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)847 233-2042284723329
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions), MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)D 125440, MCAD-10895[none]
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
  • US1997-04-22
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCAD-11600008811160029
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
  • XE1997-04-28
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCD 11600008811160029
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
Experience Hendrix, MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCAD-11600008811160029
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990), Experience HendrixMCASD-11600008811160029
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
Experience Hendrix111 600-2008811160029
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×12" Vinyl9 + 7
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCA2-11600008811160012
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
  • JP1999-06-01
Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!)POCP-2021
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience(unknown)16
  • FR2002-10-14
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
  • JP2006-09-06
USM Japan (read the annotation before using!)UICY-931424988005443397
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)STARCD 70076009143205130
Electric Ladyland (Reissue, Remastered)The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceSHM-CD16
  • JP2009-06-24
Experience HendrixUICY-907594988005502025
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceDigital Media16
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)884977412802
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceDigital Media17
  • US2010-03-05
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)884977526615
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD + DVD-Video16 + 1
  • CA2010-03-08
Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)88697 62164 2886976216429
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
  • US2010-03-09
Experience Hendrix88697 62164 2886976216429
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×12" Vinyl9 + 7
  • US2010-03-09
Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 62398 1886976239817
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD + DVD-Video16 + 4
  • JP2010-03-10
Experience HendrixSICP 2641~24547366052879
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×12" Vinyl9 + 7
Music on Vinyl (imprint of Music on Vinyl B.V. Do not use for manufacturing/distribution relationships!)88697650671 / MOVLP0780886976506711
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
Experience Hendrix88691938932886919389326
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88691938932886919389326
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceBlu-spec CD16
  • JP2013-04-10
Experience Hendrix, Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 300034547366186833
Electric Ladyland (50th anniversary deluxe edition)The Jimi Hendrix Experience3×CD + Blu-ray16 + 20 + 12 + 3
  • XE2018-11-09
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)19075859022190758590226
Electric Ladyland (50th anniversary deluxe edition)The Jimi Hendrix Experience3×CD + Blu-ray16 + 20 + 12 + 33
  • US2018-11-09
Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings)19075859022190758590226
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience6×12" Vinyl + Blu-ray9 + 7 + 12 + 8 + 6 + 6 + 3
Experience Hendrix19075859041190758590417
Electric Ladyland (yellow on red, Universal M&L)The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990), Experience Hendrix111 600-2008811160029
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×12" Vinyl9 + 7Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)88875134511888751345119
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCAD-10895008811089528
Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD16
UICY-93142600753013823
Bootleg
Electric Ladyland & BeyondJimi Hendrix2×CD16 + 6
  • -2006-03
Purple Haze RecordsHAZE011835810003428
Electric Ladyland & BeyondJimi Hendrix2×CD16 + 6
  • -2008
Spanish Castle Magic RecordsSCM 20187603777905327

Relationships

included in:Jimi Hendrix by Jimi Hendrix
The Experience Collection by Jimi Hendrix
part of:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 5) (order: 5)
Huffington Post: Sexiest Album Covers: From the 50’s to Now (number: 20) (order: 20)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 29) (order: 29)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 53) (order: 53)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 54) (order: 54)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 55) (order: 55)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/24535 [info]
https://www.discogs.com/master/301142 [info]
https://www.discogs.com/master/301143 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/The-jimi-hendrix-experience/Electric-ladyland [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/h2f9 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_jimi_hendrix_experience/electric_ladyland/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/37266/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000527658 [info]
Wikidata:Q524415 [info]

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Within two hectic years James Marshall Hendrix had gone from playing Greenwich Village nightclubs for food money to unofficial head freak of the Underground. Two albums of pshort psharp psychedelic class had alerted the public not only to his Strat-mangling prowess, but also his innate grasp of great songwriting. By 1968, however, things had started to turn sour. Hendrix was growing sick of the endless tours (along with the endless calls for party tricks like playing the axe behind his head/with his teeth etc.) along with the constant requests for new material.

To make matters worse, his manager/producer, Chas Chandler – the man who had rescued Jimi from obscurity in New York and brought him to London - was, himself, getting sick of the entourage surrounding the guitarist's every studio session and the call for endless takes which accompanied the Herculean intake of chemicals. Early into the recording of Electric Ladyland at New York's Record Plant he walked out, leaving Jimi creatively free but shackled to a dubious manager and with no one to rein in his more self-indulgent tendencies.

Luckily Hendrix, on a creative peak, was still focused enough to turn ...Ladyland into as close as a perfect album as was possible. His relocation to the States meant that tracks like "Long Hot Summer Night" and "Crosstown Traffic" and "Come On" retained their sense of technicolour pop while drawing more heavily on the soul and blues music of his homeland. His restless search for new sounds had both his guitar techs and studio engineers running to catch up with his vision of 'Earth Space music'. The results were both spectacular and, to this day, just about as cosmic as anything ever placed on magnetic tape. Two epic tracks demonstrate the two sides to Hendrix: the bluesman and the cosmic gipsy. "Voodo Chile" is a 15-minute superstar jam (with Traffic's Dave Mason and Steve Winwood, and Jefferson Airplane's Jack Cassidy standing in for an increasingly alienated Noel Redding on bass). Its late night looseness never gets in the way of Hendrix's astoundingly inventive soloing. Meanwhile "1983...(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)" is a stoned classic, utilising washes of backwards tape, jazzy timeshifts and far out fish-friendly lyrics to tell the tale of future apocalypse and return to the oceans.

On top of these you get the sumptuous Dylan interpretation of "All Along The Watchtower", the hard rock wah-wah fest of "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)". Even the inclusion of a previous b-side, "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp" showed that at this point Hendrix knew exactly how to sequence an album. Unfortunately this was to be his last completed studio effort before both business and pleasure took their toll, but Electric Ladyland remains his crowning achievement.