All Along the Watchtower
Label: Legacy Recordings
The 20th century produced few double-albums as iconic as Electric Ladyland. It kind of makes sense this was Hendrix's last album with Noel and Mitch. Where else could the trio take their sound? Transforming the studio into a psychedelic laboratory, they cracked the rock genome and infused it with chromosomes pulled from soul, blues and even folk music. What has been lost to time is just how unique Electric Ladyland sounded in 1968. Other bands had ventured pretty far out (The Yardbirds, 13th Floor Elevators, The Byrds). But none of them rocketed into deep inner space quite like these guys.