Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced?

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first album, Are You Experienced, is undeniably one of the most influential albums of all time. For a debut record, it achieved many milestones and influenced many artists, fans, and consumers alike. Are You Experienced changed music in many ways, including the way it was artistically presented and how the band used technology at that time. The record is extremely creative. Most agree that the record is timeless and will never grow old. Are You Experienced is truly the definition of an evergreen album.

Are You Experienced was released in May 1967 in the UK on Track Records and in August 1967 on Reprise Records in the US. The record was produced by Chas Chandler and engineered by Eddie Kramer. Hendrix wrote all of the songs this time, with the exception of “Hey Joe.” The album was recorded in several studios including De Lane Lea, CBS, and Olympic Studios. The UK and US versions also had different track lists and album covers. “Red House,” “Can You See Me,” and “Remember” were omitted from the US version. The US edition comprised of “Hey Joe,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” and the iconic and arguably the most famous song “Purple Haze” (discogs.com).

Are You Experienced was an album consisting of the guitarist virtuoso Jimi Hendrix and his influence of jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, and psychedelic, all merged into one huge sound. Also present were bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. Some critics, such as Nik Cohn say that Hendrix was the star of the band and they could have thrown a band together with any other backing musicians, but many also believe that Are You Experienced could not have been accomplished without the prowess of Redding and Mitchell (Egan 73-74). Together, ...

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