The 1968 classic Electric Ladyland by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is set to be re-released as a deluxe box set to celebrate the albums 50th anniversary.
Set to drop on November 9th, it will be available as a 3CD/Blu-ray and 6LP/Blu-ray, with both packages featuring the original double album remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue tapes.
There will also be some tasty extra’s. The set will also include 20 hotel room demos and studio outtakes, along with a 5.1 surround sound mix of the album by Hendrix’s original engineer for the album, Eddie Kramer.
If you’ve got the cash and are a real collector, you may want to get the deluxe edition. This comes with a previously unreleased performance of the band at the Hollywood Bowl on September 14th, 1968, and the Blu-ray features the documentary At Last… The Beginning: The Making Of Electric Ladyland.
And to wrap it all up, a 48-page book containing Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics, as well as a poem and personal instructions from the guitar legend to the record label. You also get a collection of photos from the studio which were taken by Kramer. Now that is pretty darn comprehensive.
Kramer talked about the preparation for the huge box set: “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.”
Check out the trailer for the deluxe edition below: