Friday (Electric Ladyland)

8-19-11

Friday! (Electric Ladyland)

Before this week, I was in the San Francisco bay area for a few weeks.  I have been visiting up there from my home in Los Angeles for over 40 years.  In the early 70’s, my dad was who drove me around, looking for record stores.  I remember the first time I ever set foot in a Tower Records – they had yet to move into the Los Angeles market.  My dad bought me a US LP for Jimi Hendrix Experience “Electric Ladyland” (on Reprise) – at the Tower Records on Columbus at Bay for $5.99 (summer of ’68?).

Reality collision!  I found in S.F. a book about Jimi Hendrix “Electric Ladyland” – in the 33 1/3 series – it was one of the better books in that series, I must admit.  The book makes some interesting points about that album – that it was really a solo Jimi Hendrix album etc.  It makes sense to say that “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp” was ‘tacked on’ to the album, instead of recorded “for it”.  It is a great album – I just listened to it again this week (the most recent CD issue of it – though I do own original US & UK LP’s of it).

For my birthday, we ate out in San Francisco at a new-to-me Indonesian restaurant downtown – good food, lots of fun.  I got to do both Amoeba stores up there (SF & Berkeley), as well as several Rasputin’s stores – so much fun to look through different large inventories of product – in the flesh!

Also went to Petaluma for cheese tourism; can’t miss seeing the stuff in San Jose or Santa Cruz, too!  We stayed mostly in either Piedmont and Pacifica – though we did have single nights in hotels in both Novato and Sunnyvale.

I also got to go to a record collector swap meet in Newark, CA – where I found some awesome 45’s!  Ever seen one of these?

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