Title : The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
Label & year : Original Black Track 613008 / 613009 Double LP , UK Stereo 1968 IMPOSSIBLY RARE day-of-release 1st Press with FULL blue text sleeve!!!
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!!!)
IMPOSSIBLY RARE WITHDRAWN EARLIEST POSSIBLE FULL BLUE TEXT WITH GHOST UNFINALIZED PRE RELEASE TRACKLISTING BEHIND!!! VIRTUALLY A PROTOTYPE - ONLY AN ABSOLUTE MINISCULE AMOUNT EXIST LIKE THIS!!! LATER ONES WERE CORRECTED, THEN BLUE/WHITE HYBRID THEN WHITE!!! RIDICULOUSLY HARD TO FIND LIKE THIS, BARELY ANY WERE MADE!!! ONLY AN ABSOLUTE MINISCULE AMOUNT OF THESE UNFINALIZED GHOST TRACKLISTING PRE RELEASE SLEEVES ESCAPED THE PRESSING PLANT - QUITE SIMPLY NEVER EVER TURNS UP LIKE THIS!!! AND NOT ONLY THAT, THIS IMPOSSIBLY RARE EARLIEST EVER FULL BLUE GHOST SLEEVE EDITION IS IN ABSOLUTELY AWESOME CONDITION FOR ONCE!!! TRULY OUTSTANDING AUDIO!!!
THIS IS THE VERY FIRST VASTLY SUPERIOR FULLER BODIED MORE DETAILED JIMI APPROVED MIX WITH MORE INTENSE PHASING EFFECTS AND IMPACT, AND NO PRIMITIVE NOISE REDUCTION DULLING THAT WAS APPLIED TO AND SUCKED THE LIFE OUT OF LATER PRESSINGS - THIS IS THE ONLY JIMI APPROVED MIX WHERE THE DETAIL IS SO GOOD, YOU CAN HEAR JIMI’S AMPS BUZZ WITH ELECTRICITY IN QUIET PLACES SUCH AS ON THE START OF "LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL"!!! IT’S LIKE HE’S IN THE ROOM!!!
HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A TRULY SCARCE PILLAR OF MUSIC HISTORY IN IT’S EARLIEST EVER PRE RELEASE WITHDRAWN FULL BLUE GHOST TEXT FORM!!! Do not miss out on this historic masterpiece, bid now!!!
DON'T underestimate the sheer PHENOMENAL rarity of this 1st press with day of release black Track labels with inverted matrixes above the catalogue number, and the IMPOSSIBLY RARE blue text sleeve which only an absolute MINISCULE amount of 1st Presses of this EVER had - apparently all the sleeves were initially planned 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 this 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 as quickly as it began 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!!! 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!!!
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 unreleased (though heavily bootlegged) 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 when Hendrix is jamming on songs like 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 must surely have 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 Steve 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 GREAT with minimal signs of age, NO writing, NO stickers, and NO tears whatsoever!!! Just has a small amount of light spindle marking from general light use over the years!!! BRILLIANT for a 48 year old record!!! All must grade overall at least as Very Good++!!!
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 GREAT with NO really nasty scratches, groovewear, or nasty deep scuffs whatsoever!!! The only blemishes are just some light wispy sleeve traces, a few mild hairlines and age marks, and just a small amount of cosmetic non-sounding and unfeelable scuffs (only visible in direct angled light) mostly caused from where it has sat or been removed from it's cover over the years!!! Of course, none of these ULTRA light blemishes really interfere with play AT ALL thanks to the deeply pressed quality!!! BRILLIANT for a record of this age and rarity!!! Must grade overall at least as Very Good++ (LP 1) and Very Good (LP 2)!!! (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 only a few ultra light ticks here and there on very rare 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 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++ (LP 1) and Excellent (LP 2)!!! (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 WITHDRAWN gatefold E.J Day EARLIEST FULL BLUE GHOST TEXT sleeve complete with original 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 splits, NO really bad marks AT ALL, and still ULTRA strong and solid after all these years!!! Only has a few signs of minor ageing such as only a few light creases and a hint of a record imprint, only a little general ultra light surface glazing from where it has sat between sleeves over the years some storage rubbing and whitening to the top seams only (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 is an absolutely AWESOME full blue ghost sleeve, and a SERIOUS rarity to find one as truly brilliant as this - most have been virtually destroyed or are just about being held together, but not this one!!! The awesome inside pics look AMAZING with minimal ageing!!! It remains ultra strong, solid, unsplit and unspoilt, and even the spine remains ultra strong, solid, unworn and 100% unsplit!!! Must grade overall at the 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 not having a photo of the front - ebay won't let me!*
Summary : A FANTASTIC example of this iconic INCREDIBLY RARE classic UK 1st Press LP with the IMPOSSIBLE withdrawn full blue pre release ghost text sleeve!!! Hard to find in ANY condition, but SERIOUSLY RARE TO FIND ONE AS TRULY AWESOME 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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