Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland - 1st - VG UK 2-LP vinyl record set (Double Album) (603132)
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JIMI HENDRIX Electric Ladyland (1968 UK first issue 16-track stereo double vinyl 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...).

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Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland - 1st - VG UK 2-LP vinyl record set (Double Album)
Tracklisting / Additional Info: History
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 some minor edge & corner wear and mild ring wear or creasing to the laminate, but nothing much to write home about. Due to the laminate not reaching the edges, the edges of this particular copy fair very well indeed, although there are a couple of scuffs. This looks to have been displayed by the previous owner as there are Small & discrete pin holes in the open edge corners (both front & back section), and has been folded flate. A grading of Very Good is achieved, with 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 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.

The vinyl discs grade a healthy VG+/EX- with some light spindle marks & paper scuffs to show play. The wax appears clean on all four sides & playback is superb. Even the extreme phasing effects are as clear as a bell. 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)
Condition : This item is in Excellent condition or better (unless it says otherwise in the above description). We buy items as close to Mint condition as possible and many will be unplayed and as close to new as you could hope to find. Irrespective of the source, all of our collectables meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed. Click here for more info.
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Year of Release: 1968 - 52 years old
Artist: Jimi Hendrix (click here for complete listing)
Title: Electric Ladyland - 1st - VG (click here for more of the same title)
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Format: 2-LP vinyl record set (Double Album)
Record Label: Track
Catalogue No: 613008/9
Country of Origin: UK  
Language: Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
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Related Artists: Beautiful People, Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Eire Apparent, Ernie Graham, Lonnie Youngblood, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, The Rubber Band
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