The story of Electric Ladyland is told here in words, music, rare archival film footage, and a contemporary diary kept by one of Hendrix's employees. Among those contributing are Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell of the Jim... more »i Hendrix Experience; singer/keyboardist Steve Winwood; engineer Eddie Kramer; and, in his last interview, Hendrix' manager Chas Chandler. With a musical soundtrack that includes "All Along the Watchtower," "Still Raining Still Dreaming," "Gypsy Eyes," "Crosstown Traffic," "Voodoo Chile" and "House Burning Down," this electrifying program provides insights into the life, work, and musical genius of a rock music legend. 75 minutes.« less
J. Thomas Hudson | Seattle, WA United States | 04/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While the average Hendrix fan might not be interested in the details of how Electric Ladyland was made, for the musician this DVD is priceless. If you've seen "The Making of Sgt Pepper" and liked it, this is a similar treatment of Electric Ladyland. You get to hear individual tracks and interviews from the engineer and band members on how it was all done. Eddie Kramer, Mitch, Noel, all talking about their memories. You also get a glimpse into the personality of Hendrix that is very different than the wild man image. This movie has given me even more appreciation of this musical masterpiece."
Okay, not outstanding
wahwah5 | hot cold summer | 09/11/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While this DVD is interesting and well-produced, it doesn't measure up to other releases in the "Classic Album" series. The great bulk of screen time is spent on talking head interviews. That in itself would be okay, but they focus more on praising Jimi than discussing the music and the nuts and bolts of its creation. There is a lot of material that didn't make it onto this DVD - extensive alternate takes and outtakes - that has been broadcast on the radio. That material would have provided a fascinating supplement and insight into the Electric Ladyland creation process, and the brilliance behind the compositions of the songs. But instead this disc shows too much reminiscing about Jimi and mourning of his early death.
Once again, Eddie Kramer provides the meat of the subject matter, playing the mixer like a virtuoso. But even here his comments seem curiously attenuated. Electric Ladyland is a masterwork of studio recording, one of the striking achievements of 20th century rock music, and a complete treatment could fill several DVDs. Here we only get snippets. The same is true of the performances; this disc only shows brief clips, frequently interrupted, of various classic performances.
This is a disc for completists, and you probably won't want to watch it more than once. It talks about Jimi a lot, but there just isn't much of him here."
Everybody BUT Hendrix
lee ferrell- Ryokan | 02/25/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This video shows managers,roadies,and freinds, talking about THE MAN. NO complete songs even in the background (which is the only place the music is). If you want to see Hendrix play, it's not here."
A documentary on the making of a classic album
wahwah5 | 01/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a Hendrix fan and want to know how this album was made then this is DVD is for you. I liked how the engineer was able to strip songs to the bare bones and explain how Hendrix was able to obtain those unique guitar sounds."
More than a pop genius
lee ferrell- Ryokan | Californicatia | 01/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jimi is often presented as a great guitarist in the realm of pop music. This film reveals how far from the truth that is.... The incredible delicacy and fluency Jimi created is likened in the film to Mozart, and the comparison is apt. He had an infallible sense of theme, variation, harmony, and conceptual completeness..., and the most compelling thing is that only lyrics were written down. The rest happened in Jimi's 'imagination.' The only place one can experience Jimi down deep where he really lived is found here, in "Jimi Hendrix.""