16. Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland

(Reprise, 1968)

Electric Ladyland was Jimi Hendrix’s third and final album with the original Experience. And it is arguably the finest of his career.

Hendrix’s guitar playing and vision were simply not of our planet, and the innovations and the incredible music he created in his short lifetime are as evident on this record as anywhere else.

The funky ‘Crosstown Traffic’, psychedelic ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ and his superior cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ have all rightly became classics in the rock ‘n’ roll canon.

As the late comedian Bill Hicks regularly noted in his stand-up, Hendrix was simply on a different level to most other musicians, and had the will to go places no others had gone before.

Try also: Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love (Reprise, 1967). Are You Experienced? (MCA, 1967).