(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
One of the most iconic albums in the history of rock and roll, the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE‘s 1968 offering, ‘Electric Ladyland‘, reaches its 50th anniversary this year.
To commemorate the occasion, L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings announce the album’s reissue as a deluxe box set, due to arrive on November 9th. This milestone edition of the classic will be offered on 3CD/Blu-ray and 6LP/Blu-ray, with both packages featuring the original double album remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue tapes.
It is laden with bonus content and rarities, including 20 hotel room-recorded demos and studio outtakes, along with a 5.1 surround sound mix of the album by Hendrix’s original engineer, Eddie Kramer.
This deluxe edition also contains the band’s previously unreleased performance at the Hollywood Bowl on September 14, 1968, while the Blu-ray features the documentary ‘At Last… The Beginning: The Making Of Electric Ladyland.’
The package is completed by a 48-page book containing Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics, a poem, and personal instructions to the record label, along with a collection of photos from the studio, which were taken by Kramer.
Kramer spoke about this incredible collection saying:
“I had always dreamed of mixing Electric Ladyland in 5.1 surround sound. It always felt to me as the perfect vehicle for the kind of adventuresome stuff that Jimi and I were trying to do in 1968.
“The visceral thrill when we completed the first surround mix of Voodoo Child (Slight Return) was palpable. It was an overwhelming experience – pun intended.
“We viewed this song as the surround test and the moment I heard it I flashed back on those moments when Jimi and I were mixing the stereo album, laughing at our attempts to find that ‘elusive’ sound.”
To mark the announcement of this coming must-have collectible, a trailer for the deluxe edition has been released and can be found below, along with the cover art and track list.
The JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE‘s ‘Electric Ladyland’ 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box Set is available to pre-order now at this LINK.
Electric Ladyland Deluxe Edition tracklist
Disc 1: Electric Ladyland
1. …And the Gods Made Love
2. Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
3. Crosstown Traffic
4. Voodoo Chile
5. Little Miss Strange
6. Long Hot Summer Night
7. Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)
8. Gypsy Eyes
9. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
10. Rainy Day, Dream Away
11. 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
12. Moon, Turn the Tides…Gently Gently Away
13. Still Raining, Still Dreaming
14. House Burning Down
15. All Along The Watchtower
16. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Disc 2: At Last…The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes
1. 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
3. Cherokee Mist
4. Hear My Train A Comin’
5. Voodoo Chile
6. Gypsy Eyes
8. Long Hot Summer Night
9. Long Hot Summer Night
10. Long Hot Summer Night
11. Snowballs At My Window
12. My Friend
13. At Last…The Beginning
14. Angel Caterina (1983)
15. Little Miss Strange
16. Long Hot Summer Night
17. Rainy Day Dream Away
18. Rainy Day Shuffle
19. 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
Disc 3: Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At The Hollywood Bowl Sept. 14, 1968
2. Are You Experienced?
3. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
4. Red House
5. Foxey Lady
7. Hey Joe
8. Sunshine Of Your Love
9. I Don’t Live Today
10. Little Wing
11. Star Spangled Banner
12. Purple Haze