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Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
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Electric Ladyland 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 7 Track Record 613 008/9
Electric Ladyland 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 7 Reprise Records 2RS 6307
Electric Ladyland 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 7 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 2335 203, 2335 204, 2612 037 [none]
Electric Ladyland, Part 2 12" Vinyl 9 Track Record 613017 [none]
Electric Ladyland, Part 1 12" Vinyl 7 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) [none]
Electric Ladyland 2×CD 8 + 8 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 823 359-2 042282335920
Electric Ladyland 2×CD 8 + 8 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) P58P-25001/2 4988005001481
Electric Ladyland 2×CD 9 + 7 Reprise Records CD 6307 075992743324
Electric Ladyland CD 16 Reprise Records 6307-2 075992744324
Electric Ladyland 2×CD 8 + 8 Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!) P36P 22004/5 4988005056313
Electric Ladyland 2×CD 9 + 7 Reprise Records, Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases) 2-6307, W2 6307 075992744324
Electric Ladyland CD 16 PolyGram International Music B.V. (not for release label use!) 847 233-2 042284723329
Electric Ladyland CD 16 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-10895 008811089542
Electric Ladyland CD 16 MCA Records Canada (1970–1995) MCASD 10895 008811089528
Electric Ladyland CD 16 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 847 233-2 042284723329
Electric Ladyland CD 16 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) D 125440, MCAD-10895 [none]
Electric Ladyland CD 16 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-11600 008811160029
Electric Ladyland CD 16 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCD 11600 008811160029
Electric Ladyland CD 16 Experience Hendrix, MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-11600 008811160029
Electric Ladyland CD 16 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990), Experience Hendrix MCASD-11600 008811160029
Electric Ladyland CD 16 Experience Hendrix 111 600-2 008811160029
Electric Ladyland 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 7 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCA2-11600 008811160012
Electric Ladyland (unknown) 16
Electric Ladyland CD 16 USM Japan (read the annotation before using!) UICY-93142 4988005443397
Electric Ladyland CD 16 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) STARCD 7007 6009143205130
Electric Ladyland CD 16 Experience Hendrix UICY-90759 4988005502025
Electric Ladyland Digital Media 16 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) [none]
Electric Ladyland Digital Media 17 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 884977526615
Electric Ladyland CD + DVD-Video 16 + 1 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 2 886976216429
Electric Ladyland CD 16 Experience Hendrix 88697 62164 2 886976216429
Electric Ladyland 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 7 Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 62398 1 886976239817
Electric Ladyland CD 16 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP 2641 4547366052879
Electric Ladyland 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 7 Music on Vinyl 88697650671 / MOVLP078 0886976506711
Electric Ladyland CD 16 Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88691938932 886919389326
Electric Ladyland 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 7 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) 88875134511 888751345119
Electric Ladyland CD 16 Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!) POCP-2021
Electric Ladyland Digital Media 16 Geffen Records [none]
Electric Ladyland CD 16 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-10895 008811089528
Electric Ladyland CD 16 UICY-93142 600753013823

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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.