Jimi Hendrix‘s ‘Electric Ladyland’ Set For Deluxe 50th Anniversary Reissue

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s third and final album, Electric Ladyland, a new Deluxe Edition box set will be released on November 9th. The package will come as a three-CD/one Blu-ray set or a six LP/one Blu-ray set, with both packages including the original double album, now newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes, and a 48-page full-color book. Also included is Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes, which presents demos and studio outtakes from this period in Hendrix’s career, plus a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the entire original album by Hendrix’s original engineer Eddie Kramer. This marks the first and only time this has been done with a Hendrix studio album. The new cover art — shot by Linda McCartney — features a classic photograph of the band and children at the statue of Alice In Wonderland in New York’s Central Park — and was Hendrix’s own choice of imagery for the album’s cover image.

The Electric Ladyland – Deluxe Edition includes the previously unreleased live album Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At The Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68, which had seen release as part of Experience Hendrix’s official “bootleg” series. The concert documents the band’s historic L.A. show held only a few weeks before Electric Ladyland was released.

According to the press release, “The Blu-ray doc, At Last. . .  The Beginning: The Making Of Electric Ladyland documents the creation of the legendary double album. Some of Jimi’s closest associates are seen on screen discussing their first-hand recollections of Hendrix and the project including Experience bassist Noel Redding, drummer Mitch Mitchell, manager Chas Chandler, Buddy Miles, Jack Casady, Steve Winwood, Dave Mason, and others who participated in the Electric Ladyland sessions. One of the highlights of the program includes demonstrations by Eddie Kramer, who discusses the techniques Hendrix, Mitchell and Redding employed in recording the album, playing some of the original multi-track tapes to illustrate the process.”

Back on July 7th, 1969, Jimi Hendrix appeared on ABC’s The Dick Cavett Show and explained how he felt that music was becoming the definitive and truest form of communication: [“It’s getting to me more spiritual so. . . than anything now. Pretty soon I believe that we have to rely on music to get some peace of mind or some satisfaction — direction, actually. More so than politics, because, like, politics is really an ego scene. It’s the art of words, which means nothing, y’know? So, therefore, you have to rely on more of an Earthier substance — like music.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . substance like music)

Jimi Hendrix’s producer Eddie Kramer, whose relationship with Hendrix began when he engineered 1967’s Are You Experienced?, says that Hendrix was far more than the flaky psychedelic-blues guitarist he’s been portrayed as over the years: [“Very sharp, very focused, very funny, very shy. Totally dedicated to his music and his art. I would call him a universal human being, who was interested in his fellow man. Didn’t think of himself as black, white, green, purple — mind you, he did think in colors, but not those colors. He thought everything should be in colors. He was such a complete human being with, with such far-reaching intellect that I think is not really recognized as much today. The ultimate electronic space cowboy.”] SOUNDCUE (:27 OC: . . . electronic space cowboy)