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Electric Lady Land

25 Oct

One of rock’s most groundbreaking and ambitious albums, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Electric Ladyland,’ arrived in stores in October 25 1968. In a way, humanity is still trying to catch up to its futuristic musical vision.

Rolling Stone’s 1968 review here.


Electric Ladyland: A real landmark in the history of rock and roll.

25 Oct

On October 25, 1968, Electric Ladyland is the third and final album of new material by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, released  on Reprise Records. It is the only Hendrix studio album professionally produced under his supervision. It topped the Billboard 200 album chart for two weeks in November 1968.[1]

A  real landmark in the history of rock and roll.

From Classic Albums

With only the clothes he was wearing….

24 Sep

With only the clothes he was wearing (he sold all his other belongings to pay a hotel bill in New York), Jimi  Hendrix with  Chas Chandler, former bassist with the Animals, fly from New York to London. There, Hendrix will form a new band and Chandler will become the manager of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. En route, they decide to change the guitarist’s name from Jimmy to Jimi.

Early on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London

18 Sep

Early on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London. He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party and was picked up at close to 3:00 by girlfriend Monika Dannemann and driven to her flat at the Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne CrescentNotting Hill. From autopsy data and statements by friends about the evening of September 17, it has been estimated that he died sometime after 3:00, possibly before 4:00, but also possibly as late as 11:30, though no estimate was made at the autopsy, or inquest.[196]

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942[1][2] – September 18, 1970) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in music history[3][4][5] and one of the most influential musicians of his era despite his mainstream exposure being limited to four years.[6][7][8][9] He achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival after initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Later, he headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and was instrumental in developing the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.[10]

Interesting conspiracy theories here.

A young Jimi Hendrix sees Elvis Presley

1 Sep

Though Sick’s Stadium was primarily a baseball venue, it also occasionally held other events, including rock concerts — most famously, an Elvis Presley concert on September 1, 1957 (one of the first concerts to be held at a major outdoor stadium), which was attended by a young Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix himself later performed at the stadium, as did Janis Joplin.Elvis Presley live on stage Seattle, WA. Sick's Stadium (eve) September 1, 1957

Myrna Crafoot, a fan in attendance that evening jotted down in her diary the set list: Heartbreak Hotel, All Shook Up, I Got A Woman, That’s When Your Heartaches Begin, I Was The One, Teddy Bear, Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me, Fools Hall Of Fame, Blue Suede Shoes, Blueberry Hill (with Elvis on piano), Mean Woman Blues and Hound Dog.  According to Wikipedia, another Seattle native and fan in attendance that evening, a 14 year old named James (Jimi) Marshall Hendrix took notes of the set list as well.

Fifteen year old Jimi Hendrix.

Electric Lady Studios, the beginning and the end!

25 Aug

In 1968, Jimi Hendrix and his manager Michael Jeffery had invested jointly in the purchase of the Generation Club in Greenwich Village, but – their initial plans to re-open the club were abandoned when the local mafia added pressure for fees to compete in the neighborhood. It was an unwelcome association, and since commercial studio fees for Electric Ladyland sessions were so lofty, the pair instead decided to convert the space to a highly specialized and custom-built recording facility.

Designed specifically for Hendrix, the studio had round windows and a machine capable of generating ambient lighting in colors to fit any mood. It was a relaxing atmosphere, and the studio provided a creative space for Jimi to draft and perfect his songs – while engineer Eddie Kramer upheld the studio’s unparalleled professionalism in the background. The opening party was held on August 26, 1970.

So,the evening of the party, Jimi Hendrix walked through the street-level door at 52 West 8th Street in New York’s Greenwich Village into paradise. Electric Lady Studios was the guitarist’s own state-of-the-art recording facility, and he had personally supervised many of its psychedelic details, like the mural of an elfin woman at the console of a spaceship. Tonight was the official opening party. Guests including guitarist Johnny Winter, Yoko Ono and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood enjoyed Japanese food in Studio A, where Hendrix usually had stacks of amplifiers.

Hendrix, however, avoided the crush. One of rock’s most flamboyant showmen but a reserved, intensely shy man offstage, he was remote and despondent, spending much of the night sitting in a barber chair in a quiet corner of the reception area.

hendrix 1101It would be his last night at Electric Lady. Hendrix died in London three weeks later. He was 27.

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Before boarding a flight for London to perform at the Isle of Wight, Hendrix created his last ever studio recording at his Electric Lady – a cool and tranquil instrumental known only as “Slow Blues”.


In Flushing Meadow Park, New York, the Jimi Hendrix Experience

23 Aug

August 23, 1968…In Flushing Meadow Park, New York, the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at the Singer Bowl with supporting acts Soft Machine and Big Brother and the Holding Company.

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* Track Listing
1. 00:02 Intro / Are You Experienced
2. 05:01 Fire
3. 08:44 Red House
4. 18:36 I Don’t Live Today
5. 23:26 Like A Rolling Stone
6. 30:37 Foxy Lady
7. 35:00 Purple Haze
8. 39:33 The Star Spangled Banner
9. 40:17 Hey Joe
10. 45:30 Wild Thing (Finale)