Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Jimi Hendrix Experience released Are You Experienced?: May 12, 1967

Originally posted 5/12/12. Updated 2/22/13.

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Release date: 12 May 1967
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) Purple Haze (3/17/67, #3 UK, #65 US) / Manic Depression / Hey Joe (12/16/66, #6 UK) / Love or Confusion / May This Be Love / I Don’t Live Today / The Wind Cries Mary (5/5/67, #6 UK) / Fire / Third Stone from the Sun / Foxey Lady (12/23/67, #67 US) / Are You Experienced?

The 1997 US CD release added: Stone Free / 51st Anniversary / Highway Chile / Can You See Me / Remember / Red House

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, -- UK, 4.0 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: 5 US, 2 UK


Review: Are You Experienced? is “one of the quintessential statements of psychedelic rock” NRR and “one of the most groundbreaking guitar albums of the rock era.” NRR Hendrix “expanded the sonic possibilities of the electric guitar” TL by doing things with the instrument “no one ever dreamed about trying.” DV

It wasn’t just his guitar prowess, but “the range and scope of sheer sound” AZ which made him a virtuoso. By “building upon the experiments of British innovators like Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend” AMG and “radical new techniques in feedback and distortion,” RV Hendrix knocked Eric “Clapton and Townshend right off their guitar-god pedestals.” BN

The album also established him “as an innovative and sophisticated composer” BN featuring “psychedelic frenzy…instrumental freak-out jams…[and] tender, poetic compositions” AMG all done with “his Dylanesque vocals and spacey imagery.” CD The songs “sound as revolutionary and as far beyond category today as they did the day they were recorded.” TL

Purple Haze

Purple Haze serves up Jimi’s signature sound – “the wild soloing, the psycho lyrics, the screams…easily Jimi’s best songwriting effort.” GS The “dreamy The Wind Cries MaryTL “represents Hendrix’s softer side” RV while Foxey Lady “helped define the power-trio format.” CD Other highlights are the “dramatically transformed West Coast hippie folk ballad,” JA Hey Joe, “the moody, waltzing” BN Manic Depression, and “the blues-powered Fire.” BN

Hey Joe

Hendrix developed “at a rapid pace throughout…his brief career,” AMG but “never surpass[ed] his first LP in terms of consistently high quality.” AMG “These songs pound, smash, crack, whirl, cringe;” GS making this “one of the greatest and most important debuts in rock history.” RV

Are You Experienced?

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