Electric Ladyland was released in late 1968 and remained the 3rd and final album for the Jimi Hendrix Experience group. It was not a huge commercial success, however it did stay at the top position on the Billboard 200 album chart for two weeks.
Originally for the cover Hendrix wanted a color photo of Linda Eastman (later Linda McCartney) sitting with children beside a sculpture from Alice in Wonderland in New York’s Central Park. That was never going to happen, as the record company produced a new controversial cover depicting nineteen (!) nude women lounging around in the studio and just enjoying themselves. The famous album cover photo was taken by David Montgomery who also shot the colorful portrait of Jimi Hendrix for the inside cover.
Electric Ladyland reached No. 6 in UK charts on its release and has been featured on many ‘greatest album’ lists ever since. Q Magazine readers voted Electric Ladyland the 38th greatest rock album of all time in 2005. Rolling Stone magazine declared it the 55th greatest album of all time. The album is also included in Robert Dimery’s book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Original full cover photograph
OK, don’t just look at the pretty ladies, buy the album: