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Are You Experienced [Best of]

Jimi Experience Hendrix Audio CD
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1. Purple Haze
2. Manic Depression
3. Hey Joe
4. Love Or Confusion
5. May This Be Love
6. I Don't Live Today
7. The Wind Cries Mary
8. Fire
9. Third Stone From The Sun
10. Foxey Lady
11. Are You Experienced?
12. Stone Free
13. 51st Anniversary
14. Highway Chile
15. Can You See Me
16. Remember
17. Red House

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As emblematic of its time as of its sorcerer-like creator, 1967's Are You Experienced unleashed Jimi Hendrix onto a world in the midst of such cultural and musical shakeups that it really didn't seem as "far out" as it actually was. It wasn't just Hendrix's virtuosic skill as a pure player that was so impressive; it was, even more, the range and scope of sheer sound that he coaxed, cajoled, and ripped out of his instrument. "Purple Haze," "Manic Depression," and "I Don't Live Today" filled ears with indelible sonic images, and songs like "Foxey Lady" and "Fire" pointed the way toward a new brand of rock-charged soul music. And how about a hand for drummer Mitch Mitchell? --Billy Altman

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Jimi Hendrix ~ Are You Experienced

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5.0 out of 5 stars Never you mind about some Sgt. Pepper July 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
I heard this, and Sgt. Pepper, and to me it's R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. I heard Jimi for the first time at the tender age of 12. It was "Foxey Lady" that graced my ears, and so I left Disco behind. I finally had a chance to hear the album in it's entirity when I was 14. From the intro of "Purple Haze" to the final notes of "Are You Experienced?" this was the "CLASSIC" album in Rock and Roll. Mind you they reissued this album in 1993, and it includes some bonus tracks that were released on the imports, but if you can "BUY AMERICAN". The only good bonus track is "Stone Free" the rest was all junk, so buy the American release from September of 1967 if you can find it; It's short and sweet 11 tracks, and no filler. It has some of Hendrix's most creative pieces like "Love Or Confusion", "Third Stone From The Sun", and "May This Be Love?". It shows Hendrix at his most happy, and most creative. "Axis", and "Electric Ladyland" were good too, but this was a Rocky Mountain High. I don't feel, or think that any other rock album will come as close to a creative crescendo as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful on mutiple levels...a rock masterpiece Oct. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Everyone knows that Jimi Hendrix is a guitar legend, so I won't prattle on about that, but what I find the most interesting thing about him is that he was such an eclectic musician, and a great songwriter (he doesn't get enough credit for these things). Jimi was well known for his gift at playing the blues, but he also played hard rock, psychedelia, and even jazz-influenced material with equal conviction. This, his debut effort, is by far his hardest rocking, and is, in short, one killer album.
From the pulsing notes that open "Purple Haze" to the backwards guitar tracks of the title track, Jimi takes the listener on a whirlwind of impressive musical stylings that stays fresh with multiple listens. The Jimi Hendrix Experience would not have been complete without bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, two wonderful yet underrated musicians who may be the only musicians on earth who are able to keep Jimi's mind-blowing guitar work down to earth, and these three play together extremely well.
The style most commonly found on this album is one of an artsy psychedelic, yet hard-biting rock style, in which all of Jimi's various blues, rock, and jazz influences are molded together into a coherent whole. "Purple Haze" and "Manic Depression" bludgeon the ears until Jimi quiets things down a bit with his beautiful rendition of "Hey Joe." Then, from here on, Jimi sequences various types of songs so that they alternate from one song to the next, giving the album a sense of variety and thereby showing Jimi's true songwriting eclecticism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Never Hear Surf Music Again June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
With Hendrix's debut I feel like I am listening to a focused artist who has at least a couple albums under his belt. I must feel this way because it has gotten so much critical acclaim since its release. When I think of debuts, I think of albums that seem before their time and in turn lack the stand-out tracks that spawn commerial success. This album however, though it does contain those nessasary album tracks that I would expect to see on a debut, it also has many hit singles on it. Though hits mean success, the hits are also what more quickly fade away in terms of charm and listenability. That said, this album is certainly an eye opener but not for the reasons I would normally expect.
It opens my eyes because of the guitar playing mainly. It is a guitarist's pop record. It many times opens my eyes for its brilliant song writing too. This the the real reason I love the record. Hendrix was best at writing songs in my opinion. His first two records never captures his brilliance as a guitarist. They were/are good because of the great songs.
If this record were to have great song after another on it it would get five stars. It doesn't though. The "original" singles, the songs that sparked his success, are the songs that lack. Sure, Fire and Purple Haze have pleasing riffs but they lack depth. Even Foxey Lady gets boring after repeated listens. It is instead the songs like the fantastic cover of Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Manic Depression, and Thrid Stone From The Sun that shine through and through.
The rerelease adds 6 more songs that both are good and great. Though 2 of them are on Hendrix's latest "best of", it is a good bonus since the original record was only 40 minutes or so long.
Get the record for whatever reason you wish because it is definatly essential. Just know that if you can't appreciate its inner beauty, it will get old. Nothing old was ever attractive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is truly great music June 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Are You Experienced" is one of my favorite albums, and one of the best albums to come out of 1967 (and many great albums came out in that year). One of the things that will hit you instantly is Jimi's fabulous guitar playing. Jimi makes his guitar an extention of his brain - whatever he imagines, he creates on the fretboard (and off the fretboard, for that matter). There have been guitar players who could play more accuratly or faster, but no one has matched Hendrix for sheer imiganation and creativity in guitar playing.
Eventually, when you move past the brilliant fret-work, you will notice the fine songwriting. "The Wind Cries Mary", "I Don't Live Today", "Purple Haze", and "Manic Depression" are among Hendrix's finest compositions. The songs are mostly very "pop structured" (three-to-four minutes long, verse-chorus-verse-solo-chorus pattern). In some ways, Hendrix wrote better songs in this format, but he needed to expand eventually, such as the work on "Electric Ladyland". Even so, his compositional skills here are excelent.
Also, the contributions of the band are not to be overlooked. Mitch Mitchell is one of the most under-appreciated drummers, probably because Hendrix's firey guitar overshadowed him. But Mitchell's awesome drumming often inspired Hendrix. And Noel Redding was more important that he often gets credits for. True, he wasn't really a great bass player, but his down-to-earth timekeeping is what keeps Mitch and Jimi's cool.
So, overall, this is an amazing album. Very, very influental. Everyone should own this, or at least hear it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic
From Purple Haze to Hey Joe and even Foxy Lady, this vinyl is full of some of Hendrix's best. Five Stars!
Published 7 months ago by Adam Dmytriw
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much!
I don't think that the extra material is worth the extra money but the "original" tracks are must-haves. The lyricism of the bluesy guitar is chilling.
Published 15 months ago by eeyoore
5.0 out of 5 stars Well....Are You?.....
Amazing early Acid Rock. Just take a look at the cover art.
Then listen to songs like "Third Stone From the Sun"....
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Published on Aug. 16 2012 by Breadmanwalking
5.0 out of 5 stars The Third Big Bang in Rock Music, But Louder!!!
This album was just a climax to a great year in earth shattering music. Right from the get go the experience is playing full tilt. Read more
Published on April 20 2010 by Shane G. Maximchuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Artist Remastered
I first heard this album when my older brother would play it over and over until I hated it. When it got re-released with extra songs, I found a new liking for it. Read more
Published on May 29 2008 by Martin A Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album Like This Will Never Be Heard Again
Listened to this album and was impressed big time the guitar is awesome the osngs are awesome and jimi just blows my mind with those guitar rifts hes playing .. Read more
Published on March 31 2006 by ZeppelinDude
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the finest album in Rock history
Here we have what could be the finest album of the Rock era.
It shows Jimi Hendrix at his absolute best. This album in my opinion is without a doubt is a classic. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2005 by Michael Wheeler
2.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As Ya Might Think
Everybody goes "Ooh, Jimi Hendrix" just because he died. I don't think his music is particularly good. In fact, some of it stinks!!! Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Melting_Pot
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic assualt that takes no prisoners
I always wondered what all the fuss was about, until I heard this CD. This is as good as rock music gets. Read more
Published on June 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth-shattering
Overblown accolades to rock musicians are so common in these reviews that saying anything is earth-shattering is a bit trite. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by K. Parsons
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