Recollection is a project to review my record collection. I will listen to an album I own and review it. The album will be chosen randomly by computron. Today computron chooses…
Album: Electric Ladyland
Artist: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Format(s) I own it on: CD
This album is kind of the purpose of this project; to listen to records I haven’t listened to in a long time. Jimi Hendrix was an artist I listened to in high school. I think it was expected that every 15 year old would love Jimi Hendrix. I don’t really know why.
I would categorize Hendrix’s music as “guitar wankery.” Seriously, “Voodoo Chile” is 15 minutes long. Exactly. It’s tedious and boring. It almost feels that this record is blues-light. A means for teenagers to have a stepping stone into the blues, but Hendrix wasn’t my stepping stone. Instead, I found myself following The Byrds to country music and the blues never intrigued me too much.
This album feels like an ego massage. There’s a LOT of filler, and it doesn’t need to be a double album. Hendrix could have easily parsed this record down to a single disc. There’s no need for a 15 minute track, or the 13 minute 39 second “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be).” If I were in charge, I could easily put this down to about 10 tracks… let’s see?
- Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
- Crosstown Traffic
- Little Miss Strange
- Long Hot Summer Night
- Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)
- Burning of the Midnight Lamp
- Rainy Day, Dream Away
- All Along The Watchtower
Okay, maybe 8 tracks.
That’s not to discount Hendrix or Electric Ladyland wholly and completely. “All Along The Watchtower” is perhaps the best Bob Dylan cover of all time and the Noel Redding-penned pop song “Little Miss Strange” are amongst the best parts of this album.
What the hell is “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)?” The amount of illicit drugs used to make this song is just plainly fucked up.
I’m going to get hate mail.
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