On The Scene…..May 12, 2011
What’s up everybody??? Just wanted to thank Evan first and foremost for letting me contribute to That Whiiite. It took me a minute to start writing this blog because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with it. I’m a huge music nerd, as most are at That Whiiite, and I’m going to use this space to broadcast my musical eccentricities to whoever wants to listen.
I wanted to kick off my blogging career with the introduction of a topic, Headphone Classics, which I hope to make into a monthly series. My plan is to find albums from various genres that reap the greatest benefits when channeled through a pair of proper headphones. My first selection, if you couldn’t tell by the unnecessarily large graphic, is “Electric Ladyland” by Jimi Hendrix. So much has already been written and said about this record in the past, and for good reason. It represents a transcendent artist at the peak of his power making music no artist has came close to duplicating since. Hendrix was one of the first high profile musicians to really utilize the studio as an extra “instrument” in his recordings and this album puts his prowess on full display . Electric Ladyland is so deeply layered and brimming with musical nuances that it begs for intent listening. Hendrix viewed his guitar as an orchestra, often times adding multiple layers of overdubs and guitar fills to his songs that really gave his music unmatched depth in comparison to most pop music out at the time. “Have You Ever Been(To Electric Ladyland)” is a perfect example of this. It’s filled with Jimi’s trademark double stop r&b riffs he honed while he was doing R&B gigs with King Curtis and The Isley Brothers. Almost every track on the album has some kind of studio wizardry involved, another notable example being “1983”. While it is quite an indulgent song, it includes wonderfully intricate guitar work by Jimi, including a backwards looping guitar and some impressive drumming by the severely underrated Mitch Mitchell. Another highlight is “Rainy Day, Dream Away”. This song is truly an experience: Jimi trades bluesy licks with a saxophone over a stagnant minor organ groove that seems to perfectly evoke the vibe of a lazy rainy day. There are so many intricacies to this album you have to hear it to believe it. So instead of rambling on further, I’d rather let the music speak for itself. Enjoy!