Electric Ladyland - 1st - VG

JIMI HENDRIX Electric Ladyland (1968 UK first issue 16-track Stereo double LP, with additional upside down catalogue numbers on the labels & classic fully laminated 'Ernest J Day' gatefold sleeve with blue text & large scale pictures of Mitch & Noel inside. As you will know, there are a number of significant differences between this first issue & those that followed, so a little trip to the 'More Info' section is advised...)
#Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

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Release Year 1968 - 55 years ago
Condition Unless stated otherwise in the description above, all items are in at least excellent condition - so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to sell items as close to Mint condition as possible, and many will indeed be close to brand new and/or unplayed. Others may be 'used' - and all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
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Format 2-LP vinyl record set (Double LP Album)
Record Label Track
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Product Catalogue No 613008/9
Music Genre Psychedelic, 70s Artists, 60s Rock, Progressive, 70s Rock
Country Comes from UK Comes from 'UK'
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Tracklisting & More Information

On the 25th October 1968, the musical comet that was Jimi Hendrix was burning at its brightest & this album was released to an eager public. It was hard to believe that it had been just two years since Jimi debuted on Polydor with 'Hey Joe' as the music had evolved so much since those first recordings. This album [like everything after 'Hey Joe'] was issued on Track Records. Later 70s issues went back to the Polydor label imprint.
This first issue has a number of differences to even the second Track issue the following year. The sleeve is the UK variant [which Jimi actually disapproved of], featuring a group of naked women, rather than the band itself. I suppose someone in the UK offices thought that 'Electric Ladyland' deserved a cover featuring an imagined 'Ladyland'! Jimi himself had no control over this.

The differences between this and the later Track issue :-

Sleeve :-
The first thing you notice [besides the obvious!] is that it has 'floating' laminate, rather than wraparound, meaning that there is always a small unlaminated section at the opening, top & bottom. Polydor issues were wraparound laminate, with no gap at the edge. Inside, there are more obvious differences.
The first, though seldom mentioned, is that the inside portrait & tracklisting are reversed compared to later issues, with Jimi to the right, rather than the left.
Once again, the inside has the floating laminate with the small gap at the edges.
The pictures of Noel & Mitch are larger than later issues.
The text for the tracklisting is centred and in blue print, with the Track logo to the centre, Polydor information & Ernest J. Day printing credit to the left, also in blue. The tracklisting itself also features a mixture of capitalised & lower case letters at the start of each word, with no apparent consistency, eg. 'Rainy day, dream away' but 'Still Raining, Still Dreaming'.

The Labels :-
These are the familiar silver printed black Track labels but they also have the catalogue number repeated in smaller inverted form in brackets above the main number on the left.
Designed for your stacking Autochanger deck, the vinyl has Side A backed with Side D & Side B backed with Side C, for an easy flip over to continue. This practice continued through later vinyl presses and even led to an erroneous track order on the first CD releases with the consequence that 'Still Raining' appeared before 'Rainy Day'!
This has finally been corrected on the Experience Hendrix CD release.
There is no suffix to 'Come On', 'Burning Of The Midnight Lamp' is prefixed by 'The' & 'Crosstown Traffic' appears as 'Cross Town Traffic'.

The Vinyl :-
Pressed on heavyweight vinyl, this first pressing features what has become known as 'The High-Dynamic Mix', although that's really down to the way the album was mastered.
The last character of the matrix information in the run off areas is corrected by hand, where the rest of the matrix information is stamped.
Sides B & D are banded, while sides A & C are not.

The sleeve has a small split to the bottom of the gatefold at the hinge, a cosequence of a split to the floating laminate there, but otherwise just a little minor creasing to the laminate and a little edge scuffing, but nothing much to write home about. The sleeve has the obvious green tinge to the outer that characterised the first printings.

The vinyl shows some evidence of play [& why not]. Upon playtesting, this sounds really good. There is some very minor surface noise detectable at times, with very little burring or distortion, other than the sounds Jimi put there deliberately. This holds true from the beginning of the first side to the end of the last. Even the extreme phasing effects are as clear as a bell.

There are just a few spindle marks around the centre hole and the odd light surface scuffs to show for its fifty five years. Perhaps it's the heavyweight vinyl, perhaps the 'High Dynamic' mix, but these first pressings sound great. In a matter of seconds, what little background surface there is becomes a mere insignificance as the full rich sounds of one of THE classic albums of all time start to caress your ears. This is a very respectable copy of this rare first pressing at an advantageous price.

01. And The Gods Made Love
02. Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
03. Crosstown Traffic
04. Voodoo Chile
05. Little Miss Strange
06. Long Hot Summer Night
07. Come On
08. Gipsy Eyes
09. The 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)

Recording Artist Jimi Hendrix
Product Title Electric Ladyland - 1st - VG
Product Information Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland - 1st - VG UK 2-LP vinyl record set (Double LP Album).
Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info Deleted - A deleted or out-of-print item is one that is no longer manufactured. However, we stock thousands of out-of-print formats and we specialise in tracking down out-of-print, deleted and hard-to-find releases.
Artists Related To Beautiful People, Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Curtis Knight, Eire Apparent, Ernie Graham, Fat Mattress, Lonnie Youngblood, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding
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