Jimi Hendrix releases Electric Ladyland
Electric Ladyland is the third and final album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, released in 1968 on Reprise Records (see 1968 in music). Produced and mainly written by Jimi Hendrix, the album is seen as the peak of Hendrix's mastery of the electric guitar, and is frequently described as one of the finest albums ever recorded by him. Most of the tracks are Jimi on bass and drums. Many late night hours were spent by Jimi alone refining these tracks. It is not only the last of his albums released as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but also the last of Hendrix's studio albums to be professionally produced under his own supervision. After Electric Ladyland, Hendrix spent the remaining two years of his life attempting to organize a new band and recording a breadth of new songs. The original UK album cover was controversial because it had nude women on the front face. It was later replaced by a front cover made with Jimi Hendrix's face on it.
After a troubled tour of Scandinavia, a brief period of recordings for Electric Ladyland at Olympic studios in London, England and a prestigious concert at the Paris Olympia, Hendrix moved back to the USA for the start of his first proper tour there. Three months later he began work on the LP at engineer Gary Kellgren and Chris Stone's newly opened Record Plant Studios which was situated close to his favorite clubs. It was recorded by Jimi's favorite engineers Eddie Kramer and Gary Kellgren, but although "other people have taken credit for the record, about ninety percent of it was done in Studio A in New York with Gary and Jimi." [Chris Stone]. During the recording of the album he fell out with producer Chas Chandler and bassist Noel Redding.