Experience Hendrix LLC has announced the release of At Last… The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland DVD and companion Electric Ladyland Collector’s Edition CD + DVD. The packages will be released on December 9 through Universal Music Enterprises coming 40 years after the initial release of Electric Ladyland, the third and final album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was the last Hendix studio album to have been produced during the guitar icon’s lifetime and reflects his meticulous involvement in every facet of its creation.
Electric Ladyland is the source of such legendary Hendrix tracks as “All Along the Watchtower,” “Crosstown Traffic,” “Burning of the Midnight Lamp” and is commonly acknowledged by Hendrix cognoscenti as the most fully realized, cohesive project of his entire career. It was the only Hendrix album to have hit #1 on the Billboard charts. It is, indisputably, the crowning achievement of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and underscored Hendrix's abilities as singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer.
At Last… The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland documents the creation of the album that was released in the fall of 1968 as a 2 LP set. Some of Jimi’s closest associates are seen on screen discussing their recollections of Hendrix and the project including JHE bassist Noel Redding, drummer Mitch Mitchell, manager Chas Chandler who discovered Hendrix after he left the Animals; drummer Buddy Miles who appeared on the album and later went on to work with Hendrix in the Band of Gypsys, Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady, Steve Winwood and Dave Mason from Traffic and others who participated in the Electric Ladyland sessions that took place at Olympic studios in London and the Record Plant in New York. One of the highlights of the program includes a session with original Electric Ladyland engineer Eddie Kramer who discusses the techniques Hendrix, Mitchell and Redding employed in recording Electric Ladyland and playing some of the original multitrack tapes to illustrate the process.
Originally produced in 1997 as the premiere episode the acclaimed Classic Albums television series, The Making of Electric Ladyland is newly edited with expanded features and almost 40 minutes of additional content not seen in the original feature.
While the DVD is offered as a stand-alone title, a Deluxe CD + DVD Collector’s Edition that includes The Making of… DVD along with the classic Electric Ladyland CD offers consumers both the expository look at the Electric Ladyland as well as the actual album which ranks as one of the most significant projects in the Hendrix canon. All Music Guide, Blender and Rolling Stone have all awarded Electric Ladyland five (out of five) stars as it has been firmly ensconced in the pantheon of rock’s greatest achievements for 40 years.
- Burning of the Midnight Lamp
- …And The Gods Made Love
- All Along The Watchtower
- Rainy Day, Dream Away
- Still Raining, Still Dreaming
- Voodoo Chile
- Crosstown Traffic
- Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
- Little Miss Strange
- Gypsy Eyes
- South Saturn Delta
- House Burning Down
- 1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
- Long Hot Summer Night
- Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
…And The Gods Made Love
Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
Little Miss Strange
Long Hot Summer Night
Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)
Burning of the Midnight Lamp
Rainy Day, Dream Away
1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
Moon, Turn The Tides…Gently Gently Away
Still Raining, Still Dreaming
House Burning Down
All Along The Watchtower
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)