The Jimi Hendrix Experience ‎– Electric Ladyland

Track Record ‎– 613008/9
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

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A1 And The Gods Made Love
A2 Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
A3 Cross Town Traffic
A4 Voodoo Chile
B1 Little Miss Strange
Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Noel Redding
B2 Long Hot Summer Night
B3 Come On
B4 Gypsy Eyes
B5 The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
Backing Vocals [Uncredited] – Cissy Houston, The Sweet InspirationsHarpsichord [Uncredited] – Jimi Hendrix
C1 Rainy Day, Dream Away
C2 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
C3 Moon, Turn The Tides... Gently, Gently Away
D1 Still Raining, Still Dreaming
D2 House Burning Down
D3 All Along The Watchtower
D4 Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)



First press with V1 (Version 1) gatefold sleeve, featuring the controversial image (censored by some outlets at the time) of naked ladies on front/back.

Cover spread has 'unwrapped/floating' gloss laminate applied, matt print areas left exposed at the two cut edges where the albums insert.

Gatefold opens to view inner spread (glued to outer cover's inside tabs as separate element). Gloss laminate exposing matt areas on all four edges. (Effectively, the sleeve is a flattened 2-piece cardboard tube).

Hendrix portrait on right-hand side (Back cover behind it).
Large sepia images of Redding & Mitchell on left (Front cover behind it), with blue tracks/credit text below them. "Track Record" logo center, E.J.Day print data to left. Erratic use of upper & lower-case in titles.

Discs in poly-lined white paper punch-hole sleeves. "Patent no 800513 & 973939" "Made in England 108"

The vinyl: First release, 1st pressing 180 gram vinyl with original 'high-dynamic' mix. Produced in auto-coupled sequence;
Disc 1: 613008 Side A; Cat# (613008 A) [inverted over 613008]
Disc 1: 613008 Side D; Cat# (613008 B) [inverted over 613008]
Disc 2: 613009 Side B; Cat# (613009 A) [inverted over 613009]
Disc 2: 613009 Side C; Cat# (613008 B) [inverted over 613009]
Defect in matrix stamping on this early issue, altered by hand. This typical vinyl is:
Side A: 61300##8 A//1 12 10
Side D: 51 61300#8 B//1 1
Side B: 10 61300#9 A#//1 1 ("10" has the '1' backwards, or it's an oddly stamped "CJ" upside down)
Side C: 61300#9 #B#//1 12 10
[The #, #8 or #9 indicates scratch-out]

Matt texture 'Version 1' labels with additional inverted catalog in parenthesis.
[V1 & V2 label comparisons provided at foot in 'images']

Titles: This UK issue has no suffix to "Come On", "The" is prefixed to "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp" and "Cross Town" appears as two words.

Recorded: Initial tracks at Olympic Studios, London, January 1968. Completed at Record Plant Studios, Studio A, New York, June to August 1968.
Performers, additional to the band, and technical credits added retrospectively. Taken from the authorized Hendrix family trust releases on the Experience Hendrix label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A: # denotes scratch-out (See Notes)): 61300#8
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D: # denotes scratch-out (See Notes)): 61300##8
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B: # denotes scratch-out (See Notes)): 61300#9
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C: # denotes scratch-out (See Notes)): 61300#9
  • Other: Auto-coupled release

Other Versions (5 of 203) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
184 183 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland(LP) Polydor 184 183 Israel 1968 Sell This Version
613008/9, 2657 001 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Track Record, Polydor 613008/9, 2657 001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
MCAC-10895 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland(Cass, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records MCAC-10895 US 1993 Sell This Version
28MM 0604~5 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Polydor 28MM 0604~5 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
R-90156, R-90157 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland(2xLP, Album, Club) World Record Club, World Record Club R-90156, R-90157 Australia Unknown Sell This Version

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November 15, 2015
edited 2 months ago
There seems to be a few different etching variations between the hand-corrected matrix numbers for this release. Does anyone know if these can be used to calculate a records pressing history? Or are they just pretty random? I'm guessing it's the later but any info would be great.Thanks
PS Another strange thing about the correcting of matrix numbers on this is why the 'A' side was corrected..? There was no need, as the matrix would remain the same even when auto-coupled- yet I've seen variations of these etchings too- signifying that it must of been done several times..odd.


October 27, 2015
on Ebay right now is a strictly limited 6 album box set version of this great lp. the albums are multi-coloured, gold etcetera, there is a 1 out of 10 sticker on the box, a poster and a 7inch ep-I think- with it. current price is 111, it ends this Friday, don't know anything about it........could be pure gold, or just another box set, either way, if interested, have a looksee........


August 10, 2015
edited 5 months ago
I have the version with all blue text,including the Track logo..and,Jimi on the left,.It has exactly the same details as shown,except for the inside cover..Is there a separate entry for this version?...Something else,I have one 098 inner,but the other has the same patent numbers,but uses a darker blue print colour,and typeface..and is marked 44 not correct(108),but pretty close..I'm surprised that even one of them is correct..yet the photo shows a variation from the release note..
"Discs in poly-lined white paper punch-hole sleeves. "Patent no 800513 & 973939" "Made in England 108"

I've been thinking about the blue text,and the fact that it's not solid..On further inspection, with the aid of a magnifier,it's clear that there is lettering underneath,that has been overprinted..please also consider that white,in the context of litho-printing,is not actually is,if you like, the base layer,the other colours added,and combined,with varying transparency,to produce the final,correct,a mystery?..If it had been intended for that area to be blue,it would have been..I can't believe they would have added another layer (print run)of the cyan..with random lettering on..and the small areas that it is possible to make out bits of letters(through the final text),there seems to be a similarity in both typefaces..hmm?..This could be something to do with labelling being changed, after the decision to decouple/alter the tracklisting..the cyan would have been printed,leaving white lettering,as per the lighter areas,including the track logo..then subsequent printing has added a further layer of cyan(blue),but only one layer over the paler sections through the main it suggests to me,that Jimi would have been on the obviously,"both" sets of text are on the right...all a bit of a theory..if you have copy,blue,mottled text..check it more thing,referring to the track-listing changes...Side a single colour..not would have been the only side that would have been unaffected by the changes?While all the other text is mottled on the subsequent listing...where the text had been altered?...Nah..thinking about it,the tracklisting is the's just the order on the discs etc...and peering at it again,I'm now not at all sure about the typefaces etc..again....the paler lines aren't always straight,whereas text usually is?..I think its overprinted the cyan part of a picture...

After posting the above,I have found this article which..explains, far better than my rather convoluted guesswork..a great deal, regarding the "myths" etc...


March 13, 2015
edited 11 months ago

great record


December 2, 2014
edited about 1 year ago

My favourite album of all time, easily the best from Hendrix, this album is a beautifully constructed masterpiece. Whilst credited to the Experience, there are some other important collaborators, notably Stevie Winwood and Jack Cassidy (Jefferson Airplane) playing on "Voodoo Chile", the amazing climax to the A-Side, which is one of Jimi's greatest works. The B-Side is a more familiar format, with five shorter tunes that would not have been out of place on either of the first two albums; the production is amazing, there are no filler tunes (He even turns Noel Redding's psychedelic poptune, Little Miss Strange, into a classic). Again, you can't pigeon hole Hendrix; there's elements of psychedelia, soul, blues, funk, rock and roll, and jazz. Side C was his most experimental work. I spent many an hour in my friend's, parent's, dark, smoky basement listening to this - what a trip. How can you categorise this? This side of vinyl is far more beautiful than any other experimental, psychedelic music and way before it's time (Parts of this would appeal to modern fans of contemporary down-tempo electronica). The final side opens with a reprise of "Rainy Day" before returning to the more familiar format of "House Burning Down" and ending with two of his most powerful, enduring tunes. Hendrix was a genius, not just for what he could do with a guitar, but for the music in his mind. Who knows what he would have gone on to achieve in the studio, had his life not been so tragically cut short.


May 28, 2014
Description of the history of UK covers is wrong, according to Jeff Gold
His evidence includes Hendrix's own copy, which Gold possesses, and the original proofs owned by the sleeve designer... Pretty compelling. The small photos and white print came first ("version 4" here), then large with blue text, then back to white text.
For what it's worth, my copy of "version 4" comes in 108 inner sleeves


May 28, 2014
this is not the first version of the sleeve, according to Jeff Gold, and his evidence is very compelling:
The first is the one being described here as the 4th press.


February 27, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
I have: The Sleeve has the inside Matt Edges, Large Hendrix Picture to the Left, Small Sepia Tone Pictures of Noel, and Mitch to the right. White Lettering. Track Logo in white below the white text with a rectangular loop around the Track Logo. Polydor Records LTD Below that in small print.
Two Record Set is on the Label. (Set No. 2657-001) A,D, B,C is the side order per record.
Matrix #'s Side A: 613008#8//A1 12 8 (The second 8 is etched by hand small, and the number symbol I used is something scratched out).
Side B: 613009 A Upside Down Triangle 420 1 1 1 2.
Side C: 613009 B# 2 420 1 1 3
Side D: 613008 B Upside Down Triangle 2 420 1 2 11.

Cross Town is two words. The Vinyl is not heavy weight. I paid $20 for this copy which is in sweet shape (Some center seam wear) in October 2010. There were many UK Presses that it was in with that I also purchased (Some Floyd).
So according to the above I may not have a first sleeve, or first press labels the Matrix #'s Match.
So I have a very early press, just not technically a first press.
Anyway that is it for now. Any questions just ask.



February 14, 2012
Hands down my favorite album of all-time. Something like Electric Ladyland comes around once every 1000 years... Ridiculous production, amazing song writing, every emotion imaginable is induced when immersing yourself into this piece of art.

I now know why Jimi had to die...


January 4, 2012
Mine's weird too. Runout numbers match. Flotting Glossy cover's there . . . weird. Polydor 2657 012 Deluxe Double