I first heard this album back in the late 90's, and even after all these years, I still think it's a solid slab of psychadelic blues rock.
Aside from a few songs that I don't think have the power that the better ones do, this album has plenty of great tunes that are full of cool riffs and solos. Among my favorite tunes are "Purple Haze," "Are You Experienced," "Fire," "Third Stone from the Sun," "Foxey Lady," and "Manic Depression."
This is one of Jimi Hendrix's finest moments, and a classic rock record that still retains a fresh feel after decades of exposure.
"Music is not thought to indefinite to be put into words, but, on the contrary, too definite." (Felix Mendelssohn, 18 October 1842) I've had two musical epiphanies in my lifetime, which is probably not many for someone who listens to music as avidly as I do. The first was in 1958. (Sonny Rollins, Blue Note, vol. 2, was the album.) The second, the one I want to write about, was in 1967. Into the … more
Many revere Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced? as the most influential debut recording by a rock n roll artist. At the very least its a high energy recording that is loaded with big hits. With six bonus tracks, now ten of the twelve songs from Smash Hits appear on Are You Experienced? Add to this sevven strong album cuts and you have a gem on your hands. Much of the recording is indeed hard rock. However, there are so many softer touching melodies … more
As emblematic of its time as of its sorcerer-like creator, 1967'sAre You Experiencedunleashed 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