Title : The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
Label & year : Original Black Track 613008/9 Double LP , UK Stereo 1968 ULTRA RARE "inverted" labels 1st Press!!!
Matrix's : Side A : 613008 A // 1, Side B (D) : 613008 B // 1, Side C (B) : 613009 A // 1, Side D (C) : 613009 A // 1 (scratched out and replaced with 613009 B) (EARLIEST EVER!!!)
AN OUTSTANDING BARELY PLAYED PHENOMENAL SOUNDING EXAMPLE OF THIS IMPOSSIBLY RARE SOLID GOLD CLASSIC - VINYL, AUDIO AND SLEEVE ALL ABSOLUTELY AWESOME FOR ONCE - IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND LIKE THIS!!! HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A TRULY SCARCE PILLAR OF MUSIC HISTORY IN TRULY MAGNIFICENT CONDITION!!! Do not miss out on this historic masterpiece, bid now!!!
DON'T underestimate the sheer rarity of this 1st press with day of release black Track labels with inverted matrixes above the catalogue number!!! Yes, this doesn't have the impossibly rare blue text, but only a MINISCULE amount of sleeves EVER did - apparently all the sleeves were meant to be the blue text version, but as it was just going to press, Noel had a bust up with the management about the size of his picture being too small on the blue text version (he possibly thought it undermined his contribution) and many other tensions that had been building into a head (like the sheer amount of hangers on in the studio e.t.c), ending in Noel quitting, and Jimi (or maybe the management) got revenge for being left in the lurch with upcoming tours being thrown into chaos e.t.c, by immediately halting the press and reducing the size of Noel's picture even further!!! Petty, I know, but as a result, only an absolute TINY amount EVER had blue text, much like only a TINY amount of the first run of Are You Experienced ever had a fully laminated sleeve!!!
I guess what i'm trying to say is DON'T confuse this as being a later issue - if you were to walk into a record shop on the day this was released, chances are you'd be VERY lucky to even find ONE blue text version amongst the white sleeves on the rack!!! Of course, there was only EVER one pressing of the 1st Press vinyl with the inverted labels (as is the case with the labels here) - it was mere weeks after the release date that the labels were redesigned to the more common (though still very rare) uninverted Track labels!!!
Just like any of the Hendrix experience albums, this is one of THE BEST of all time containing some of THE GREATEST music EVER recorded!!! Widely know as his masterpiece, the first two Experience LP's were recorded in a matter of days, this however took around a year!!! (a heck of a long time in those days) It was worth it though. It could so easily have fallen apart like many painstaking works of genius (such as Brian Wilson's unfinished legendary Beach Boys classic SMiLE), but he stuck with it and created a work of pure brilliance which has and will continue to transcend ALL time! If you've never heard Hendrix's original master mix and only the CD reissue, then you're going to be blown away!!! This has got incredible psychedelic effects, MEAN bass and razor sharp lifelike clarity and detail!!! And when Hendrix is jamming on songs like the long bluesy version of Voodoo Chile and Rainy Day, it sounds incredibly intimate as it floats over the backing band, JUST like his amp is in the room!!!
It's easy to forget just how amazing this LP is what with "Experience Hendrix" doing their best to milk him dry with endless thrown together "Best Of's" over the years. But it was here on this Track original blasting out of my speakers now where the world first heard "Crosstown Traffic",Long Hot Summer Night",Gipsy Eyes",Burning Of The Midnight Lamp",All Along The Watchtower",Voodoo Chile",and all the rest, not to mention the phenomenal boundary breaking "1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)" for the very first time, as they intended to be heard, all in perfect running order, and all as one piece. It has forever secured it's place in the top 10 greatest albums of all time, and there it shall remain until the world blows up!!!
Until that moment? Well, we should all listen to his records and be thankful that Jimi Hendrix was born!!!
Tracklist : And The Gods Made Love, Electric Ladyland, Crosstown Traffic, Voodoo Chile, Little Miss Strange, Long Hot Summer Night, Come On (Let The Good Times Roll), Gipsy Eyes, 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, and Voodoo Chile (Slight Return).
Musicians : Jimi Hendrix - Vocals / Guitar / Bass / Harpsichord, Noel Redding - Vocals / Bass, Mitch Mitchell - Drums, plus countless other guests such as Stevie Winwood, Brian Jones, Al Kooper e.t.c.About : Ultra Rare Original 1968 UK 1st Press!!! This MASSIVELY RARE LP initially sold barely anything (LP's were also really expensive to most people back then!!!) and therefore had a very small run, and is INCREDIBLY HARD TO FIND, especially in this condition!!! AN absolute classic LP from this incredible band!!! An astonishing album that really DESERVES to be in EVERY serious 60's / 70's record collection!!! Don't miss out on this MEGA RARE LP!!! If you like good music, bid now!!!
Classic UK Original black Track inverted 1st Press labels!!! All sides are OUTSTANDING with NO real signs of age, NO graffiti, and NO writing OR tears whatsoever!!! Just has an absolutely TINY amount of ultra light spindle marks which suggests that this has barely been played at all!!! IMPOSSIBLE for a 50 year old record!!! All must grade overall at least as Excellent++!!!
Record : Visual -
Spectacular Original 1968 UK 1st Press Vinyls!!! Nice bright, clean and shiny as if they were just pressed!!! Fantastic jet black mirror like surfaces, they look AWESOME with NO nasty scratches, groovewear, or nasty deep scuffs whatsoever!!! The only blemishes are just a few totally non-sounding mild cosmetic paper scuffs, a few of the lightest, wispy sleeve traces/cleaning lines (only visible in strong angled light) and only a few light feint hairlines mostly from where it has sat or been removed from it's cover over the years!!! Of course, none of these ULTRA light blemishes interfere with play AT ALL!!! MAGNIFICENT for a record of this age and rarity!!! You'll be amazed by how generally clean and unworn they are!!! Must grade overall at the least as Very Good++!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me)
Record : Audio -
Thankfully, it plays AMAZINGLY with fantastic stereo separation and clarity!!! It really sounds incredible with NO hisses, hops, distortion, skips OR sticks!!! Only like pretty much ALL records has a tiny amount of ultra light ticks on the very rarest of occasions, and possibly just the MEREST TOUCH of low level static in the rarest few and far between places such as on the run in grooves and between some tracks, but that's truly about it!!! The vast, vast, majority of the music is TRULY crystal clear - It really does play with a CD-like near 100% black silence, but with that bass, depth, clarity and warmth you can only get from original UK 1st Press vinyl!!! EVEN the vast majority of the quiet sections!!! Absolutely ESSENTIAL!!! ASTONISHING for a record of this age and rarity!!! Must grade overall audibly at least as Excellent++!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not trashed or overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me)
Original UK 1st Press fully laminated 1968 gatefold E.J Day MEGA RARE white text sleeve complete with inners!!! IMPOSSIBLE to find this sleeve in anything approaching a good condition - most are spent, torn and worn due to age and the lifestyles of the buyers of this particular LP!!! This one is NOT, and looks FANTASTIC, especially considering the nature of these fragile sleeves!!! NO tears, NO writing, NO graffiti, NO seam splits whatsoever, NO really bad marks AT ALL, and still ULTRA strong and solid after all these years!!! Only has a few signs of ultra minor ageing such as a small amount of ultra light creases and a ghost of a record imprint, only a small amount of the very feintest general near invisible ultra light surface glazing from where it has sat between sleeves over the years (barely anything) and a touch of rubbing to parts of the lower seam from where it has sat on the shelf over the years (minimal with absolutely no splits whatsoever), a touch of denting to the four corners which basically ALL vintage LP's have, and POSSIBLY (just to be sure!!!) one or two other minor signs of age here and there, though nothing that really stands out to note at all!!! And that's truly about it!!! I tend to bring it down by listing the most minor negatives I can possibly find, but this remains an OUTSTANDING sleeve, and a TRUE rarity to find one as truly magnificent as this - most have been virtually destroyed or are just about being held together, but not this one!!! It remains ultra strong, solid, unsplit and unspoilt, and even the spine remains ultra strong, solid, totally intact and unsplit!!! Must grade overall at least as Very Good+++!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not trashed or overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me)
*Sorry for the camera flash reflection and for not having a photo of the front - ebay won't let me!*
Summary : A FANTASTIC rarely played example of this iconic INCREDIBLY RARE classic UK 1st Press LP with the IMPOSSIBLY RARE inverted labels and earliest matrixes!!! Hard to find in ANY condition, but SERIOUSLY RARE TO FIND ONE AS TRULY OUTSTANDING AS THIS!!! YOU MAY NEVER GET THE CHANCE AGAIN, so don't miss out on this scarce opportunity to own a true piece of 60's/70's music history!!! Bid now!!!
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I've realized that most countries have their own unique grading system. I base mine strictly on the UK RRPG grading system (occasionally with a + or a - to indicate the higher and lower ends of the grade, though I only use these if i'm having real trouble deciding!), so please check their chart for further clarity if you are unsure of what my grades mean. As a general rule, a mint record will be 100% perfect, an excellent record will be in fantastic clean condition with the occasional mild mark and minor use from the years, and a very good record will have noticeable, yet light visual markings and obvious signs of age and use, but will still remain clean with relatively light wear and will play fantastically well with plenty of life remaining in it. I very rarely offer records below the very good region unless they are of an EXCEPTIONAL rarity and playing quality...I hope this helps!
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