Electric Ladyland was first released in the US in October 1968 and became Jimi Hendrix’s only #1 album. The UK edition reached #5 upon its October release amid considerable controversy. The album’s intended artwork did not reach the UK in time to press the album, so a cover of naked women lounging in front of a black background was issued in its place.
The US cover by Karl Ferris, which Jimi Hendrix had intended, has since become the official cover of Electric Ladyland internationally. A similar event nearly happened with the album’s title. The album was almost released under this title until Hendrix noticed it, which upset him considerably. The title was quickly changed back.