One of rock's most revered albums, "Electric Ladyland" is a new installment in Eagle Rock Entertainment's "Classic Albums" series, which tells the stories behind such masterpieces.

One of rock's most revered albums, "Electric Ladyland" is a new installment in Eagle Rock Entertainment's "Classic Albums" series, which tells the stories behind such masterpieces. But this DVD doesn't delve into Jimi Hendrix's personal life or the circumstances surrounding these recording sessions. The focus is on the musical nuances of each track, with "Ladyland" engineer Eddie Kramer recalling remarkable details while he listens to the masters. That direction makes this a study that's more enjoyable for musicians and tech heads than Hendrix fans who crave deeper insight into the artist himself. Some of the colorful anecdotes come from late manager Chas Chandler, who relates how he took off after Hendrix kept bringing hangers-on to the studio when he was supposed to be working and how the guitarist disliked his own voice so much he kept insisting it be buried in the mix. The commentators (among them Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell) also stress that despite his short life, Hendrix was not a tragic or morose figure, and they fondly remember his humor and laughter.—CLT