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Classic Rock and Rock album by Jimi Hendrix

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Rainbows Galore

  • Nov 1, 2003
Now I understand what critics mean when they say that Jimi gave us rainbows. On Electric Lady Land there is so much color on the magnificent tones on Jimi's guitar. Many of the solos are fast and electrifying but others are slow and melodic. And oh want glorious tones.

Just listen to the fifteen minute version of Voodoo Chile. Straight forward blues at its best. Burning of the Midnight Lamp features psychedelic aspects especially with the harpsichord. And what about the soulful vocals of Have You Ever Been (To Electric Lady Land)?

In addition to the stunning tones as outlined above, Jimi utilizes a wider instrumental definition outside of the guitar, bass, and drums. Numerous special effects and keyboards add a layering effect. Saxophones, flutes, and vocal harmonies soften up othet tracks. Also, Jimi Hendrix varies his singing approach from song to song which is certainly more appealing.

Electric Lady Land was recorded in 1968 but truly sounds well ahead of its time. It certainly sounds as fresh as many recordings just recording within the last few years. This one may just be Jimi's best.

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Bursting with ideas and energy, Jimi Hendrix's second album release of 1968 (followingAxis: Bold as Love) was a double-LP set that showcased virtually everything the guitar genius had to offer: blistering blues ("Voodoo Chile"), galaxy-patrolling space jams ("1983... A Merman I Should Turn to Be"), psychedelic soul ("Crosstown Traffic"), and skyscraping rock ("Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"). In the midst of all this was even a hit song--Hendrix's remarkable reading ofBob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," featuring a series of baton-passing guitar solos, all distinct and brilliant. Seemingly diffuse when first released; in hindsight, kaleidoscopically eclectic.--Billy Altman
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Label: Experience Hendrix
Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Release Date: April 22, 1997

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