Legacy Records and Experience Hendrix, LLC will re-issue another of Jimi Hendrix’s classic records this fall.
Electric Ladyland Deluxe Edition 50th Anniversary Box Set is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 9. The forthcoming re-issue will be released on separate 3CD/1 Blu-ray and 6 LP/1 Blu-ray sets.
Both platforms will feature the original double album in a new 5.1 surround sound mix by Eddy Kramer — the first time any of Hendrix’s records have received such treatment. They will also feature an expanded documentary following the making of Electric Ladyland, 24 bit/96 kz high resolution stereo audio, previously unreleased takes of songs recorded during the album’s recording sessions, a previously unreleased live album and new companion book featuring handwritten lyrics and previously unreleased photos.
The previously unreleased live album, Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68, was pulled from Experience Hendrix’s Dagger Records official bootlegs series.
Originally released October 16, 1968, Electric Ladyland is considered one of Jimi Hendrix’s most important albums. That is because the album is considered to present Hendrix at his most focused and cohesive point. The album, which features such hits as ‘All Along The Watchtower,’ ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ ‘Burning of the Midnight Lamp’ and ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return),’ is the only of Hendrix’s studio recordings to ever reach the top spot on Billboard’s charts. It was also his final album before his untimely death in 1970.
The bonus compilation Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes features song ideas that Hendrix himself recorded on a reel-to-reel tape machine in early 1968. It also features songs recorded at Sound Center and The Record Plant in New York. Some of the early takes featured in this collection are ‘Angel Caterina,’ ‘Little Miss Strange,’ which features guest appearances from Buddy Miles and Stephen Stills, and ‘Long Hot Summer,’ which features a guest appearance by Al Kooper on piano.
At Last…The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland chronicles the album’s creation through interviews with those close to Hendrix including Kramer, Miles, Jimmy Hendrix bassist Noel Redding and band mate, drummer Mitch Mitchell among others. Kramer discusses the techniques that Hendrix, Redding and Mitchell used to create the album during his interviews.
The companion 48-page booklet features essays by music critic David Fricke and producer John McDermott. It also features previously unreleased photos taken by Kramer during the album’s creation and directions from Hendrix to executives at Warner Brothers Records taken from his own personal notebook accompanied by internal memos from the label.
The full track listing for the upcoming release of Electric Ladyland Deluxe Edition 50th Anniversary Box Set is noted below. Pre-orders are open now, and a trailer for the box set is streaming online here.
Electric Ladyland Deluxe Edition includes:
Electric Ladyland – original album remixed by Eddie Kramer in 5.1 Surround Sound
1) … And the Gods Made Love
2) Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
3) Crosstown Traffic
4) Voodoo Chile
1) Little Miss Strange
2) Long Hot Summer Night
3) Come On (Part I)
4) Gypsy Eyes
5) Burning of the Midnight Lamp
1) Rainy Day, Dream Away
2) 1983….(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
3) Moon, Turn the Tides….Gently Gently Away
1) Still Raining, Still Dreaming
2) House Burning Down
3) All Along the Watchtower
4) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
At Last…The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes
1) 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
2) Voodoo Chile
3) Cherokee Mist
4) Hear My Train A Comin’
2) Gypsy Eyes
4) Long Hot Summer Night [Demo 1]
5) Long Hot Summer Night [Demo 3]
6) Long Hot Summer Night [Demo 4]
7) Snowballs At My Window
8) My Friend
1) At Last…The Beginning
2) Angel Caterina (1983)
3) Little Miss Strange
4) Long Hot Summer Night [Take 1]
5) Long Hot Summer Night [Take 14]
1) Rainy Day, Dream Away
2) Rainy Day Shuffle
3) 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At The Hollywood Bowl Sept. 14, 1968 (Dagger Records)
2) Are You Experienced
3) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
1) Red House
2) Foxey Lady
1) Hey Joe
2) Sunshine of Your Love
3) I Won’t Live Today
1) Little Wing
2) Star Spangled Banner
3) Purple Haze
At Last… The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland documentary (Blu-ray)
· Uncompressed LPCM Stereo 24b/96k
· Uncompressed LPCM 5.1 Surround 24b/96k
· DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround 24b/96k
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