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May 08, 1968

The Experience complete rough mixes for “Three Little Bears,” “Voodoo Chile,” and “Long Hot Summer Night” during sessions at the Record Plant. Jimi also returned to the April 22 recordings of “1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)” by adding a series of new recordings that were later added as edit sections to create a single, unified master. With Hendrix taking the music in his own direction, Chas Chandler stepped down as the producer for the Electric Ladyland project. “Both I and the group were exhausted,” explained Chandler in an interview with John McDermott for the book Jimi Hendrix Sessions. “I had spent three years with the Animals, and the next day I was working with Hendrix. I had put in as much time on the job as Hendrix, Mitchell, and Redding – plus my time with the Animals. The last thing I wanted to be doing was fighting with Jimi in the studio and then (Michael) Jeffrey in the office. I just walked away.” In a separate session, also at the Record Plant, Noel Redding worked recorded “How Can I Live” with engineer Gary Kellgren.

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August 27, 1968

The Experience return to the Record Plant to put the finishing touches on their forthcoming release, Electric Ladyland. Work on “Gypsy Eyes” on this night focused on the flanging effects, which had studio engineers Eddie Kramer and Gary Kellgren physically putting pressure on the flange reel of the tape deck during recording. While Hendrix and Kramer labored over the master tape for Electric Ladyland, Kallgren, Mitchell and Redding recorded twelve-takes of Redding’s own composition, “How Can I Live,” which later appeared on the debut release for Redding’s new band, Fat Mattress. With only one more track required to complete the album, the group turned to Earl King’s “Come On (Part One)” to fill the final track. After fourteen takes, the final take was selected as the basic track for the album. Electric Ladyland was now complete.

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September 16, 1968

The highly anticipated third release by The Jimi Hendrix Experience titled, Electric Ladyland is released in the United States, (Reprise, 2RS 6307). Although Hendrix had originally submitted his own artwork for the cover, which featured a photograph by Linda McCartney with The Experience and some young kids sitting on the Alice In Wonderland statue in New York’s Central Park. In the end, only his designs of the inside of the cover were used. This landmark two-album collection featured: “…And The Gods Made Love,” “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland),” “Crosstown Traffic,” “Voodoo Chile,” “Little Miss Strange,” “Long Hot Summer Night,” “Come On (Part One),” “Gypsy Eyes,” “The 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,” Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Hendrix rents a house at 2850 Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, California where a birthday party for Eric Barrett is held.

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November 04, 1968

The Experience return to New York City for few days rest. Several record stores throughout Britain stop selling The Experience’s latest release, Electric Ladyland because of the controversial artwork consisting of 19 naked women on the cover.

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February 18, 1970

Sterling Sound, New York Studio Recording Hendrix and Kramer team with mastering engineer Bob Ludwig to supervise the final mastering for Band Of Gypsys. In light of his disappointment with the mastering of Electric Ladyland by Reprise Records, Hendrix opts to work independently to insure that the final sound quality meets his satisfaction.

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