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Are You Experienced

Jimi Hendrix

1967

Are You Experienced

Album Summary

Are You Experienced is the debut studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Released in 1967, the LP was an immediate critical and commercial success, and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album features Jimi Hendrix's innovative approach to songwriting and electric guitar playing which soon established a new direction in psychedelic and hard rock music. After struggling to earn a living on the R&B circuit as a backing guitarist, Hendrix signed a management and production contract in 1966 with former Animals member Chas Chandler and ex-Animals manager Michael Jeffery. Chandler brought Hendrix to London and recruited members for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, a band designed to showcase the guitarist's talents. In late October, after having been rejected by Decca Records, the Experience signed with Track, a new label formed by the Who's managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Are You Experienced and its preceding singles were recorded over a five-month period from late October 1966 through early April 1967. The album was completed in 16 recording sessions at three London locations, including De Lane Lea Studios, CBS Studios, and Olympic Studios. Released in the UK on May 12, 1967, Are You Experienced spent 33 weeks on the charts, peaking at number two. The album was issued in the US on August 23 by Reprise Records, where it reached number five on the US Billboard Top LPs, remaining on the chart for 106 weeks, 27 of those in the Top 40. The album also spent 70 weeks on the US Billboard Hot R&B LPs chart, where it peaked at number 10. The US version contained some of Hendrix's best known songs, including the Experience's first three singles, which, though omitted from the British edition of the LP, were top ten hits in the UK: "Purple Haze", "Hey Joe", and "The Wind Cries Mary". Hendrix was unhappy with the cover artwork for the UK edition, and solicited photographer Karl Ferris to create a more "psychedelic" cover for the US release. In 2000, it was voted number 63 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. Rolling Stone ranked Are You Experienced 30th on its 2020 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2010, the magazine placed four songs from the US version of the album on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: "Purple Haze" (17), "Foxy Lady" (153), "Hey Joe" (201), and "The Wind Cries Mary" (379). In 2005, the record was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress in recognition of its cultural significance to be added to the National Recording Registry. Writer and archivist Reuben Jackson of the Smithsonian Institution wrote: "it's still a landmark recording because it is of the rock, R&B, blues ... musical tradition. It altered the syntax of the music ... in a way I compare to James Joyce's Ulysses."

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Rating

4.16

Votes

4893

Genres

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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5

Sometimes you just gotta toss your 5 stars to the wind and let Jimi take over. Genre-bending, passionate, energized, psychedelic. Incredible album from a powerful trio. Fantastic drumming, impeccable guitar work. If I wasn't wading through clouds of drywall dust while feeding a baby and keeping a barking dog at bay I'm sure I could opine for hours on how much I enjoy listening to this album. It never gets old.

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5

The songs are still brilliant. It is easy to get caught up in Jimi's excellent guitar work but the other pieces of the band are just as great. There is a rawness to the guitar though that is so difficult to replicate that I once described as a imprecise precision. Jimi never misses a note and you get the feeling that he hits everything just as he wanted and yet there is a feeling of searching in the melody, like an artist sketching out a drawing. I once listened to someone play a Hendrix song and commented while they played well, that they played too well. Their cover was too clean and it lost the energy of the original. That is on no better display than on this album. The album contains some of my favourite Hendrix songs including The Wind Cries Mary and Are You Experienced. However, the songs do form a random collection of tracks and lack a sense of cohesion to tie them together which I think is a missed opportunity.

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Ce que j'ai reproché au précédent album de Jimi à propos de l'emplacement de ses "tubes" dans la chronologie du projet n'est pas tombé dans l'oreille d'un sourd, et c'est une bonne chose. Vous savez probablement que j'ai fêté la semaine dernière le premier anniversaire du jour où je me suis fait licencier de mon premier cabinet d'avocats. Je vous dois la vérité sur cet épisode. Alors que je m'y rendis un matin avec le même entrain qu'habituellement, ma tutrice me convoqua dans son bureau. "Ferme la porte" me dit-elle une fois que j'eus franchi celle-ci. Je m'assis en face d'elle et c'est alors qu'elle débuta son laïus truffé de reproches : - Robserpillère, cela fait maintenant trois semaines que tu travailles chez nous et plusieurs de tes agissements nous poussent à nous interroger sur ta présence ici. - Quoi ?! - Nous t'avons plusieurs fois demandé de décrocher les posters de Hugh Masekela que tu as fixés sur les murs de la salle de réunion, tu n'en as pas tenu compte. - Mais hein ?! - Vendredi dernier, alors que j'étais en rendez-vous avec un client très important, tu as allumé ton enceinte et diffusé l'album O.G. Original Gangster d'Ice T dans le couloir. C'était extrêmement inapproprié. - Ta gueule ?! - De plus, tu as pris pour habitude de débrancher l'aspirateur de notre femme de ménage car cela t'empêche apapremment d'écouter ton album du jour. Ce comportement est inacceptable. - Pardon ?! - Tu es viré, Robgazinière... Voilà, vous savez tout désormais.

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5

It's been a few months since I last listened to Jimi Hendrix. Thus, I'm not sure if my enjoyment of the debut is different because of context or just because it's a better record. This is immediately obvious, virtuosic guitar music of the highest caliber. The vocals are tucked back in the mix, because they aren't the focus of the music. But they also can be there because the meaning is crystal clear with the instruments in front of it. The hour flies by with the album in the background, but each song stands up to closer listening as well. There's simultaneous appreciation of rock history and creative innovation.

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5

One of my favourites and first got me into psychedelic music. The bass line and guitar coming in and out on Third Stone is what sold it for me. Foxey Lady is just such a great song

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5

Uhh, best guitar player ever (arguably) and Matt’s favorite drummer playing psychedelic rock, yeah, you’re asking for Matt to hand out his first 5. The album is filled with banger after banger, no bad songs. I’ve always thought of this as a Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic album, now I realize it’s an album where Jimi spans like 5 genres and adds his magicians Psychedelic touch to each of them. I’m hearing R&B, folk, blues, rock, rockabilly, bebop and proto-funk—which is essentially what Jimi Hendrix is, a holy amalgam of skills, experiences and his time and setting spanning these genres to create psych rock. This album sets the stage for so many albums which follow it. This band might just be the perfect 3 piece, an insane guitar player with a really tight rhythm section. Every song has a great lick and impressive groove. Enough has been said about Purple Haze, it’s the single off an album that is made up of singles. The groove on manic depression is incredible. Hey Joe is perfect—misogynist lyrics notwithstanding. Wind cries Mary is perfect. Let me stand next to your Fire bangs. Third Stone is a solid jam session. Are you experienced is Jimi doing a Beatles’esque hippie anthem. Stone free is a great mix of R&B-psych. The only strike on this album, as with many Hendrix songs, there are some egregious fade outs, you want the song to keep going, he’s set the table for a breakdown and it just fades out. Stone Free and 51st Anniversary are the two worst offenders in this, though nothing will be as bad as bad, give you bigger rock blue balls than Little Wing (different album). Love that Hendrix ties it all together at the end with a solid blues cover, paying homage to the forebearers—note the Easter egg fart (distortion blip) at 3:14 on this song. Amazing album, long, love it even though I’ve heard it about 1 million times and it was my first real classic rock exposure at 12, doesn’t matter still tapping my feet to it at 36.

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5

Hell yes. It's a perfect album. Beautiful soft balllads, explosive songs, trippy arrangements, huge hooks too. Even just they way this album sounds is perfect. The warm tape. It must've been recorded together live rather than track by track. A goddamn masterpiece. At one point I thought, maybe it's too long, but then realized Spotify added 6 songs to the end and doubled the album lenght! Favorite tracks are the trippiest - Third Stone and Are You Experienced. I had a quintessential stoner moment with that song, just the right slight high and pulled into my driveway and it came on. Sounded so good I put it on repeat, louder and louder, until Rico came outside a bit worried. We all know Jimi's considered the greatest guitar player, largely on the back of his soloing. I think more music critic ink needs to be spilled on his rhythm guitar chops. He would curl his thumb over the top of the neck to fret the low E and do these percussive melodies with the other four fingers below the neck. MASSIVE HANDS. A+

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5

Favs: May This Be Love and Manic Depression are personal favorites. The Wind Cries Mary. Fire. Hey Joe. Foxey Lady. Purple Haze. Mehs: No mehs on Jimi albums. I guess Third Stone From the Sun is my least favorite, but it's still good Hendrix's guitar work is still a mind blowing display of blues guitar. You get that with Mitchell's great drums, and you still get the clever lyrics: "You can hear happiness staggering on down the street Footprints dressed in red." Great stuff.

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5

An undisputed essential in rock history. In many ways, this is not only Hendrix at his best, but 60s rock at its most far out, psychedelia at its peak, the electric guitar at its most expressive. It's blues, soul, R&B, psychedelia and pop all crammed into a 40 minute package, and I had so much fun hearing it again for the first time in years. I've gone between the different track listings of the UK and US versions when listening to this album (US adds three singles, including the iconic "Purple Haze", but removes "Remember", "Can You See Me" and "Red House"). For me, the US version wins out on a song-by-song basis, but the UK is structured more comfortably as an album, with more ebb and flow between the hard-edged rock and the lush ballads. As far as individual tracks, they're all winners, though I'd single out the instrumental "Third Stone From The Sun" as a blissful freak-out, full of guitar effects, feedback and intricate drum patterns, held together by a hypnotic three note bassline. The main guitar riff in this track, vibrato and all, is one of my favourite Hendrix moments on the record. "Are You Experienced" is another classic, all hinged around one chord, intoxicating marching snare beat and the insistent one-note piano refrain solidifies the band as a force to go down in history. "Red House" is the most forgettable track for me, leaning too far into a standard mid-tempo blues than the other songs on offer. There's little else I can add to the heaps of praise already given to this album, other than: Hendrix's voice suits the songs beautifully- it's bluesy husk is perfect and underrated. Noel Redding's bassline in "Fire" is exceptional. The ballads on offer are sublime and deserve as much credit as the rockers: "The Wind Cries Mary", "Remember" and "May This Be Love" all have beautiful melodies that cascade around the guitar lines. So it's a real classic and essential listening for rock music fans. Some of the techniques used might be dated now (trippy stereo panning, backmasking, wah pedals) but they only serve to capture the Jimi Hendrix Experience as true pioneers in 1967, riding the wave that would ultimately be too large even for them.

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5

The 1968 Bob Gibson season of albums. Even in the so-called "Year Of The Pitcher", Gibson having an ERA of 1.12 is just insane. So are 28 complete games and 13 shutouts. It's similar to an original album that contains Purple Haze, Hey Joe, May This Be Love, The Wind Cries Mary, Fire, however you want to spell Foxey Lady, and of course, the title song. There will never be another Bob Gibson. And there's never been anyone like Jimi Hendrix.

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4

ooOOoo foxey lady

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Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que je possède 3 générateurs pirates en plus du générateur des 1001, afin d'étendre au maximum ma culture musicale. Aujourd'hui, robpenitencière, qui avait déjà réussit le tour de force de s'incruster dans mon aventure des 1001, a réussi à dénicher le lien menant à mon gigantesque fichier Excel proposant ces 3 générateurs clandestins. A peine arrivé, il tente déjà de remodeler le fichier selon ses préférences, alors même que la communauté pirate vivait jusqu'alors dans une parfaite harmonie musicale. Il détruit les classements des uns et les commentaires des autres, ne laissant que fumée et pleurs sur son passage. La communauté des générateurs clandestins prépare une réponse à cette intrusion, je vous tiendrai au courant dans une prochaine review des avancées de la rebellion.

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I imagine Hendrix sounded amazing when he arrived on the scene, unlike anything else. Now though, so many people have done so much better. He's obviously a legend and all, can't dispute that, but I struggle to listen to him for too long without finding it annoying. A couple of tracks here are fine, a whole album is too much for me.

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5

The great tracks we all know and the other great tracks. Nearly loses a point for some of the lyrics.

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5

Excellent Album -- Masterclass in electric guitar and blues rock.

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5

Been a while since I’ve Jimi’d

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5

Fantastic album. You have to like the sound, but it turns out that, this morning at least, I do. I didn't realize this was their DEBUT album, which makes it that much more amazing. Pretty easy 5 stars.

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5

It's a goooooood one. Not sure what else to say, just excellent guitar playing, singer, what a sound, boy oh boy.

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5

Purple hazeeee heeeeyyy joeeds

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5

smoky riffy take on the blues. sounds great. fav track: the wind cries mary

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5

Just awesome, great songs

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5

One of a kind. Crazy talent.

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5

yee boi. hendrix was something else

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5

Listened to 01/12/21 Purple Haze was obviously a top hit... recognized it off the bat without actually knowing the name of it or that it was a Jimi song. Wind Cries Mary is probably my 2nd favorite after that one, and it was also a top hit from the album. I like the sound of Are you Experienced? as well. Seems like a song that could be sampled and probably has been. Remember is a song covered by Jack Johnson, and I didn't know the original was Jimi. Great song. Highway Chile had some great melody as well. Red House is an amazing song and great example of Blues/Rock & Roll that makes me realize why Jimi was regarded as the genius he was. Also, Third Stone from the Sun made me feel like I was on something...

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5

love this one

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5

yes yes yes. frigging icon. this album is legendary and revolutionary in every way.

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5

Very good.

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5

Stone cold classic

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5

CLASSIC

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5

Excellent guitar play. Songs do sound the same and voices could have been more clear.

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5

This is his debut album!! Insane

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5

Well, its simply the best isn't it. Wonderful guitar playing, riffs and solos. Smooth and sexy and feel-good and fucking cool. Right amidst a golden age of music writing

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5

A true classic

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5

Of the albums on this list so far, I liked this the most. But I've always liked Hendricks, I had "Smash Hits" when I was in eight grade. I've heard some of these songs (probably) hundreds of times.

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5

Great album. Probably one of the best ever. Tough to beat Jimi's guitar and overall sound. Will never get old.

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5

Classic rimed hi-jinx, I would almost rate the drum track 5 stars alone

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5

Bloody marvellous

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5

el mejor guitarrista de la historia

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5

funky funky album. Hadn't really heard any of these except Purple Haze and Fire. Just an incredible talent.

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5

Sublime.

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5

Che goduria, sono tornato indietro a quando avevo 15 anni.

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5

Una obra maestra. Hendrix estaba en la cima

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5

Hendrix was really a shooting star. Just so much gold here with that special aspect of a consistent sound while also having variety in the songs

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5

Ah Jimi

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5

When I was young i got a free copy of a live version of this album on CD from the newspaper. A brilliant album that put music into a different trajectory. 5 stars.

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5

Duh

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5

5 stars for wind cries mary

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5

Never listened to it the full way through before; it has a incredibly contemporary sound, and still feels very fresh and prescient. Hendrix's guitar work is still clearly the standout here, but it's a surprise and a delight to hear the complexity in even the more simple songs. A+ and more than deserving of it's place along the historical continuum.

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5

Getting back to the ones I missed, Jimi rules! This album is special since, of the 493 albums in his discography, this is actually one of the two or three original albums!  It goes without saying that his guitar playing was pure magic. What really validates this is the accolades he got from really good guitar players of the day - like Clapton. They all wanted to see what Jimi was up to. The Who covered Hey Joe on their 1989 tour. Ok Pete had lost 80% of his hearing by then but still: Townsend playing a Hendrix song on a Clapton designed guitar - Fucking orgasmic!   While everyone knows Jimi, the drumming is quite good also. eg on Manic Depression.  Since I'm late getting to this one I'm not sure which version of the album you were given. I spun my vinyl which is the American version with Purple Haze. I think the European version did not have this. Hey Joe, Purple Haze, Foxy Lady. How is that not a 5? Might be a 4 if Purp Haze was not on the LP.  OK, Are You Experienced sounds dated+. I remember thinking that tune was dated in the 70s. But the LP's still a 5.

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5

Of course. Paul Mike at the creek

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5

AMAZING

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5

Good stuff. Foundational album for any guitar player. There's always something new to notice. Decades later, it still sounds original

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5

Top tier Hendrix. Some of the songwriting is still mindblowing.

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5

Große Gitarre endlich habe ich den Zugang dazu gefunden

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5

Monumentales Gitarren-Album. Auch zwischen den „Hits“

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5

Great album by one of the greats of all time!

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5

Where modern electric guitar began.

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5

Some of the best guitar work you will ever hear. It's really as simple as that. Hendrix's best album was this debut and it's about as perfect as a 60's rock album gets. It's thrilling, memorable and to this day still through and through so much fun to listen to.

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5

Amazing guitar from Jimi here

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5

A masterpiece. Love every note.

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5

FIRE

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5

One of the greats at his best. A relaxing, rocking joy to listen to.

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5

Very good album. Go listen to it right now.

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5

Come on man.... One of the greatest debuts of all time. How can this be anything but 5 🌟

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5

Best rock album ever

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5

What. An. Album. Amazing guitar work, awesome bluesy rhythms and vocals, but also sounding ahead of its time. It's a real shame that Hendrix died as young as he did. (I kinda cheated with listening to this one, using tracks form both the UK and US releases. It would've been wrong to miss out on Red House, Hey Joe or The Wind Cries Mary.)

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5

fantastic show of technical ability and groovy songwriting. iconic for a reason.

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5

“Are You Experienced?” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967) In 1967 there were older people, authority figures even, who were contemptuously dismissive of music like this, regarding it as cacophonous nonsense. They refused to listen, refused to engage. They were wrong. The worst (and best) thing about the Silent Majority was their silence. They merely produced within the psyches of young music lovers a visceral commitment to never close their ears to the next generation of musical creativity. Please pass the baton, kids. Listening back, “Are You Experienced?” is clearly one of the best albums in the history of recorded music, almost entirely due to the artistic genius and virtuosity of Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix is, as demonstrated on this album, one of the top four or five electric guitarists of all time. He did many things with the instrument that had never been done before and he did one or two things that will likely never be done again. Hendrix had a sublime sense of what it takes to fill a measure with guitar sounds, utilizing only two other musicians on this record, and with only slight dependence on them to boot. His flawless and deft leaps from the lower strings to ballistic highs, and skillful weaving of effects (listen especially to the interludes in “Third Rock from the Sun”). His guitar arrangements were capable of generating multiple layers through harmonics, feedback, fuzz, phase, wah, echo, backmasking (“Are You Experienced?”!), and the sustain of previously played notes. None of it is random or accidental. My mom was wrong. This is not “noise”. It is symphonic. His fret work was nearly unsurpassed in his day, leaving the gluttonous listener yearning for just one more lead passage in each song. But the mature listener will recognize the mastery of restraint. A snippet of his own lyric expresses it well: “Feeling, sweet feeling drops from my Fender's fingers”. And feeling plays off of dynamic variation. Feeling is not bombast. It knows when to back off. Hendrix’s voice is not stellar, requiring reverb and sometimes other effects, but he uses vibrato sparingly and effectively, always suitably passionate. He carries the lyric with impact, but never gets in the way of the music. Now the recording is flawed by some of the unnecessary weaknesses peculiar to the late 1960s: excessive separation and isolation in the mix, gimmicky left/right alterations & reversals (“May This Be Love” is silly in this regard), and a “hollow” studio sound. Also, Mitch Mitchell’s drum performance frequently drops tempo on fills. But these are quibbles. Jimi Hendrix more than compensates with his potency and adroitness. No dull moments here. “Are You Experienced?” Is rock and roll history. It still moves today. 5/5

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5

Scuse me while I kiss this guy. Awesome.

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5

Easiest rating ever.

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5

Very solid album.

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5

Turns out every music critic and 50+ years of pop culture were right. 5 stars.

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5

If you don't like this album, you are in fact not experienced

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5

Funky

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5

A stone-cold classic. Those first notes of purple haze. The main riff - I still remember how awesome it felt to play that main riff on guitar the first time. So many great tracks. Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell are great, but Jimi soars above it all. He's one of the greatest guitarists of all time and he made it look effortless. I need extra stars for this one because 5 stars doesn't cut it.

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5

There's not much to say about this album that hasn't already been said. I've loved it from the moment I heard it decades ago. Every track is great whether or not your listening to the US or UK version of the album. It's another masterpiece!

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5

Would I dare rate this less than a 5? Nah, but I can understand if others think a 4 is enough. His guitar work is pretty amazing sometimes, and other times it gets lost in the equally as impressive percussion and bass work (e.g., Fire). Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding are damn good too. I think you need to listen to the lesser known tracks (e.g., Third Stone from the Sun) to truly appreciate the greatness of his guitar playing ability. If you paid more attention to the popular tracks, you might be fooled into thinking "yeah, he's pretty good" and not more than that. Then again, that's probably if you came in knowing how good he was and said "prove it". With a more clean slate, you should be blown away by the whole "experience" - lyrics, singing, guitar, bass, drums.

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5

Hendrix. The master. I have so many of his albums so trying to do this with any criticism is not easy. So, I tried something different and listened to the tracks in the order of the UK release. One complaint I can have with these songs that way is the lack of “Purple Haze,” which is rectified in the US release. The only other one is that the tracks don’t… flow into each other as much as they do on the US release. But that just may be because of how I am used to hearing it. So many of these songs were never done live. By the time he became big, he was not interested in these tracks anymore but that’s what the audience wanted to hear. I wonder how he would have felt about bands playing entire albums live. He probably would have been bored with it.

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5

Amazing debut album! Can’t just credit the amazing guitar work, it’s also the memorable musical themes, lyrics, rhythms and multi layers that make this so outstanding. Also got to credit Mitch Mitchell’s phenomenal drumming! I can just set this album on repeat and listen again and again and again.

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5

Undeniably revolutionary. Such blistering talent. Sometimes a bit noisy for my taste but who am I to argue.

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5

Perfect.

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5

Crazy talented dude, a must listen for music enthusiasts

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5

are you experienced es un álbum increíble que toda persona debería escuchar al menos una vez aunque no sea fanática de la música psicodélica. cada canción es mejor que la anterior y la mezcla de instrumentos muy bien tocados acompañados por la voz increíble de hendrix hacen de cada canción algo maravilloso. se merece las 5 estrellas sin dudarlo.

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5

Jimi Hendrix's impact on the genre cannot be overstated. With his virtuosic playing, his onstage persona, and his experimentalism, he is the archetype for the rockstar. His debut opens with the career defining Purple Haze with its punchy opening riff and eastern influenced solo. Hendrix was not educated in music and this gave him the freedom to try things that others would not. Not every experiment was successful, and his lyrics often leave a lot to be desired, but his successes and innovation put him in the top tier of musicians and songwriters.

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5

Classic

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5

Awesome

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5

only knew a few of these songs, was great

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5

What an experience!

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5

Also alle Studioalben von Hendrix in dieser Liste. Völlig ok, kann man nicht genug hören.

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5

A downright extraordinary album. Jimi was insanely creative and talented, it's incredible!!

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5

Purple haze - one of my favourite songs. This is a great album

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5

Classic/10

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5

An absolutely legendary experience from the moment you punch play and get hit with that iconic opening riff of "Purple Haze" all the way to the closing solo of "Red House." There are few albums as stuffed with hits as "Are You Experienced" is. Every track is perfect, every lick is tasty, every song leaves you wanting more. What a beast of an album. What a legend of a musician.

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5

five stars

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5

front to back bangers that paved the way for more to come. Easy 5.

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5

I originally thought this was a greatest hits album when I was young, as 10 of the original 12 tracks were regular airplay on the radio. Great album, and you can tell thousands of artists since have been influenced or downright copied Joni’s style. Compare this to only musi that had been released at the time, and it’s significance really sets in.

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5

Legendary collection of great songs!

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5

No misses. 10/10

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5

I hadn’t sat and listened to this all the way through since I was a teenager, I think I like it even more now. With a Hendrix album you’re obviously gonna focus on the guitar performance , but the drumming on this thing is also fucking crazy 9/10

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Jimi Hendrix is glaringly the greatest, most charismatic, most talented artist of the 60s, and here we have his debut. In truth, this is not so much structured as an album but rather as an assemblage of Hendrix songs, showcasing what voodoo mojo geetar freakoutery he could do. But what a showcase! Virtually every moment and every aspect stuns the listener. Since everyone knows Hendrix's guitar virtuosity (he was quite good, apparently), I shall instead talk about his voice. Hendrix himself was rather disparaging about his voice, and was very self-conscious about it. To every other listener, Hendrix's dismay is baffling. His voice is somehow warm and seductive yet simultaneously masculine and fiery. Another aspect perhaps overlooked, though to a lesser extent, is the range of styles Hendrix adopts and mutates into his own; the rock, ballad, blues, raga, soul, R&B and psychedelia displayed here all bend towards Hendrix's star, a process sustained in his later albums. Hendrix had talents far beyond the guitar, and this album is proof. Why aren't you listening to this now?

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5

I am experienced. Great album, one I already own.

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5

Hendrix might be the best guitarist. I don't listen to this album nearly as much as I should.

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5

Probably the best psychedelic rock album of all time. Favorite Track: Foxey Lady Relisten: Yes

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We can all agree Purple Haze is canon, right? I realise yesterday I have Clapton and Bluesbreakers a proper coat down, but it's only because things like this exist. Then the anarchic glorious mess of Manic Depression, then Hey Joe. This is what blues rock SHOULD sound like. Exciting, thrilling, joyous. Love of confusion shows Hendrix's main talent. While other guitarists were still just happy to have electric guitars, and maybe distorting them a bit, he wants to experiment with every noise it can make, playing around with the pick up switches and all sorts to see what happens. May this be love is less exciting than the killer opening, but you almost need a break after that opening. I don't live today shows (though other earlier tracks have too) that this experimentation goes for the drummer as well (Chas Channing?) With some weird jagged rhythms making it a great bit of jazz/psych craziness. The Wind Cries Mary is just a beautiful song. One of the best ballads ever written. Then Fire which is pure fun. It's a great album. You can even forgive the overlong trad blues of Red House at the end, it almost feels like he's saying 'Yep, I can do this too!'.

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5

The extended album with the first two singles and b-sides is superior. What's so special about Jimi is that his guitar playing still sounds extraordinary even now after guitar music has absorbed, copied and taken inspiration from what he did in the 60s. Another exceptional aspect to Jimi is his singing phrasing and vocal timing. I think he has a natural ability much like Sinatra's phrasing. It's very difficult to do a good mimic. What a talent. Great album - and it's a debut! Even the less well known songs are pretty good, albeit not legendary and so familiar.

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5

One of my favorite albums ever. Jimi just gets it

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A debut album by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, 'Are You Experienced' is a revered hard rock record that some label quintessential. Hendrix's guitar ability can be considered to be unparalleled and unmatched - in 'Are You Experienced', his trademark playstyle of accentuated slide notes over thumb-pressed bass notes exemplify his excellence in instrument exploration. A fantastic album riddled with the likes of 'Purple Haze', with mighty impactful arrangements and impeccable musicality - this impact belongs not only in the 20th century, as even today Hendrix's inventiveness shines through the playstyles of other great guitarists.

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'Foxey Lady' parte subito con molta carica, soprattutto sulla chitarra. Graffiante direi. 'Manic Depression' è tutt'altro rispetto al titolo, psichedelica. 'Red House' non mi ha colpito particolarmente, al contrario di 'Can You See Me', gli effetti in stereo sono pazzeschi. Anche 'Love or Confusion' aggiunge un senso di urgenza all'ascolto di altre canzoni di questo album, vorresti che finisse subito e che durasse per sempre. Fino a 'Fire', compresa, si perde un po' dell'intensità avvertita precedentemente, anche se quest'ultima non è male. '3rd Stone from the Sun' è un'esperienza a parte (che necessita qualche forma di allucinogeno). E Jimi ce lo chiede nella canzone successiva, se abbiamo preso qualcosa che ci permetta di "sperimentare". L'album nella prima versione uscita in UK, secondo me sta tra il 4 e il 5, perché nella seconda parte perde un po' di mordente. D'altro canto qualsiasi cosa includa 'Purple Haze' guadagna almeno 2 punti. Altro 6 su 5. 'The Wind Cries Mary' basterebbe, insieme a 'Purple Haze' a farmi dare il massimo dei voti a qualsiasi cosa. Trovo molto bella anche 'Highway Chile', molto più vicina a sonorità Hard Rock e "Santanesche".

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5

Not fair reading albums you loved before this list

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5

This album sounds so great, and it is timeless. I still hear Jimi Hendrix's influence in all kinds of modern rock music. He was a genius, no doubt. Third Stone from the Sun is weird. Jimi was super cool though. Watching him perform is amazing, and I can only imagine how many more awesome performances he had left! This album receives a 5 solely based on the revolutionary guitar.

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5.0 + Incredible. This one's arguably the most radio friendly of Hendrix's three great albums. Some of his explosive studio theatrics are evident on \"Third Stone From the Sun\" that sounds like soundtrack to a pulp sci-fi novel. But, really, these are well-crafted pop songs with exceptional guitar work, probably the best committed to record. So many radio mainstays here: \"Purple Haze\", \"Manic Depression\", “Hey Joe\" and \"Fire\" to name just a few.

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5

Hendrix was a talent beyond the hype. Amazing lyrics, hit the pop, and brought us to new places that still haven't been tapped today.

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5

I don’t think I can put into words how much I like Jimi Hendrix. 5/5 - Absolutely phenomenal album

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5

Taki album trafilo na dzien akurat w ktorym nie zyje

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Moi j'aime bien faire de la guitaaaareuh Prefs: Foxy Lady, Manic Depression, Love or Confusion, I Don't Live Today, Fire, 3rd Stone From The Sun, Remember, Are You Experienced?, Hey Joe, Stone Free, Purple Haze, The Wind Cries Mary Moins pref: NADA

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5

Classique mais toujours incroyable

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Jim Hendrix is a god on guitar, there's no doubt there. It's nuts that this is his debut album, that his sound was so perfect right out of the gate. I like a lot of Hendrix's albums, but this one is my favorite.

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5

Great album!

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5

10/10, one of the greatest musicians to ever live, one of the greatest albums you could ever hear

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5

This album rules, plain and simple. It bends the mind with its hypnotic fusion of blues and psychadelics. A huge influence on the late 60s psych scene, and it still kicks ass today. Favorites: "Manic Depession", "Hey Joe", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Fire", "Red House"

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5

Classic!

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5

Rock de Hendrix. Varios megahits. Vinilo.

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5

I’m starting to think this Jimi Hendrix guy is good at guitar

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5

How can there such great music and classic songs on 1 album. Jimi was a beast

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5

Dude has multiple 5 star albums. Wish he stayed around, could blessed us with even more.

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5

Ktebt 9 Saf7at Men 3l Bouheli Mte3 Dostoevsky, Sedry Mazel Mabech 3liya.i Loved The Album Belfarcha. Worth The 5 Stars

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5

Pretty iconic

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5

Excellent album full of classics

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5

Fire Risk the stick, bang the drums, pour up the stage and release the phoenix. Effect Hendrix, is when in this particular year (1967), music in general were meeting new ground and fortunately this become one of the most remarkable periods in music history. Despite the fact that Jimi and his Left-handed White Stratocaster changed the way of how to play this instrument, the band itself worked so great together without so much effort, acting like naturally. At first point that they place in their query upon the listeners, proving that answers to "if you have tried" something, no words needed, only real action. A

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Jimi, Mitch, and Noel were simply ahead of their time with this one. Innovative guitar playing, incredible drumming, expert songcraft, period-perfect production that holds up to this day – this record has it all. 5

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5

What is there to say, this is as good as it gets, and Hendrix earned his GOAT status for obvious reasons. I don’t love the slower blusey stuff as much, but even some of the “lighter” songs still kill, like “The Wind Cries Mary”. This better join Pink Floyd in the 4+ club. An A

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5

Great album. I listened to jimi in middle school and sorta burnt myself out on him then, but I guess 30 years is long enough to come back.

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5

This album is rad. Lots of classic Hendrix hits. I know lots of modern players give Hendrix flack for not being the most precise guitar player, but I love his playing style on this record. There was a time when I was a bit burned out on most of these tracks, but listening now after having not listened in several years they don't seem played out and I really enjoyed the whole album.

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5

Classic rock is classic, but glory be some albums are nitro fuel to the global music engine. Case in point.

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5

Hendrix first album one of the greatest. Can listen to it over and over again. Not a bad song on it.

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5

Essential Jimi Hendrix. A lot of his best songs are here on this album. My first 5/5.

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5

I mean, come on. Everything about this album is perfect, from the first mind blowing riffs right down to that cover art. I can't even imagine what it was like hearing this album fresh in 1967. Jimi's still years ahead of the rest of us, over 50 years later. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite, from original US version): Purple Haze, Foxey Lady, Fire, Are You Experienced?, The Wind Cries Mary, May This Be Love, I Don't Live Today, Manic Depression, Love or Confusion, Hey Joe, Third Stone from the Sun

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5

Perhaps the greatest debut album of all time. Psychedelic blues want else could you want.

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5

This is a fantastic album right here! It is absolutely crazy to think that this is a debut album as it is half filled with legendary classic songs known by most ('Purple Haze', 'The Wind Cries Mary', 'Fire', 'Hey Joe', and 'Foxy Lady' are all rock staples and will continue to be for many years). Beyond these tracks, every other song had something unique to offer and featured some great instrumentals (especially the well-regarded guitar work). There were lots of awesome moments that stood out to me throughout the listen: cool stereo mixing on 'May This Be Love' where the instruments keep switching sides, the insane breakdown at the end of 'I Don't Live Today', the cool backwards-like effects on the title track, etc. The feeling I had going through this record reminded me a lot of listening to the Ramones' debut album for the first time as I can just picture Jimi and his band ripping through these songs in a live setting and absolutely blowing everyone's minds. This album is much more intricate though so from a technical perspective, this is more impressive overall. The only negative I can think of is that 'Third Stone From the Sun' lost me a bit due to its length, but I am willing to bet that it would grow on me through subsequent listens. Overall, this is one of those albums that no doubt earns a spot on this list and that I will probably revisit again in the near future. 4.5/5.

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5

My favorite Hendrix album and quite possibly the greatest debut in rock history. Absolutely bursting with creative energy. Brought a potent heaviness and deep soulfulness to the Summer of Love. I only wish he would have lived longer so he could have continued to bend genres until the lines disappeared. Forever in awe of the way he rewrote the book on electric guitar. He plays so brilliantly but never comes across as overly technical or flashy because his playing was always in complete service to the songs. And you couldn't have asked for a better rhythm section! Such a muscular sound with just the right amount of psychedelic flourish in the production. Plays like a greatest hits. Five stars and a chef's kiss.

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5

Jimi's talent is staggering, I'm taken aback every time I listen. This album is stacked with excellent songs. "Manic Depression" and "Hey Joe" are a couple of my all time favorites.

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5

Rock solid from the first track to the last.

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5

MASTERPIECE.

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5

Essência do vigor do rock estabelecido.

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5

Incredible album. Even the weaker songs are good. Love the guitar tones and production of the album.

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5

All timer

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5

This is the real GOD of guitar. This album came beaming down to fuck up your noise holes and blow your tiny mind. We weren't experienced until after we listened to this album. Best Tracks: Purple Haze; Fire; Red House

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5

I was 7 when this came out, but I rarely heard any of his songs for another 10 years. What an absolute barnstormer this is now, let alone 55 years ago. All killer, no filler, funky, rocking, guitar pyrotechnics. It has it all. 55 stars.

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5

Fantastic from start to finish

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5

Another classic. One of the best guitar albums. Full creative control to Jimi. Back to back hits.

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5

Absolute classic - had some great tracks I didn't remember too

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He really is one of the greatest guitarists. This album can’t be overrated.

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5

So this has easily three of the most powerful and potent Hendrix songs. Not only that, but it is the debut! Fucking nuts.

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5

Quite possibly the best psychedelic rock ever put to wax. Bold, innovative, virtuosic, fun, trippy, rockin' perfection.

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Amazing

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So good.

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5

fav track: manic depression

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Great album all around

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Purple Haze is a classic for a good reason. Hey Joe is a classic for a good reason. Love or Confusion is a classic for a good reason. May This be Love is a classic for a good reason. I Don't Live Today is a classic for a good reason. Fire is a classic for a good reason. Third Stone from the Sun is meh. Foxey Lady is a classic for a good reason. And so on and so forth...... I love this album.

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5

wonderful album. really holds up

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The title track is my favorite Hendrix song.

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5

The debut album by Jimi Hendrix and considered to be one of the best albums of all time. After listening to this album and songs so many times, I initially had difficulty deciding how to listen to it this time. I decided on what influences and styles am I hearing. And, I heard at core, blues, jazz, some funk, folk, Indian Raga and a lot of Yardbirds. But most of all, it was Hendrix's guitar solos, noises, layers, rhythm and everything else that took the fusion of those styles over the top to make it so unique and great. This album was recorded over five months in 16 sessions at three different locations in London. Jimi had moved to London several months earlier at the request of his manager, Chas Chandler, to recruit band members which then included Noel Redding (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums). This is one those albums chosen by the Library of Congress to include in the National Recording Registry for its cultural significance. Yes. Besides the previously mentioned how, the other question is what songs and order of songs are you going to listen in and to. There is a different UK version which excluded the three previously released singles and a different album cover than the US version. Actually, there are six different track listings for this album. I went with the CD version which included all 17 songs. How could the US version not include "Red House?" Does song order matter on this album? Maybe? I don't know. Although, the last song does need to be "Are You Experienced?" Hard to pick out favorites here. Pretty much all classics or at least something interesting to say. "Purple Haze" starts things off (on the US version) with just a classic guitar intro. The guitar then takes a pyschedelic turn sounding like the Byrds. The rhythm section is classic blues. I always liked the chaotic and pyschedelic "Manic Depression" which has a weird time signature (3/4) more like a waltz. Hendrix's cover of "Hey Joe" is the song that got him recognized in NYC. The first thing I think of when I hear "Fire" are Mitch Mitchell's drums but the bass and Jimi's solo are awesome too. One of my favorite Hendrix songs is "Red House", classic blues sounding like the Yardbirds, starts out with more of BB King influenced riff and then Jimi takes it to a whole another world with his solos and improvisation. Listening to and reading about this album brought up memories of seeing the Hendrix exhibit at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture. I think the exhibit is permanent, definitely worth checking out. Ah, and I have two more Hendrix album coming up at some point. Lucky me.

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Hendrix is the shit. It’s crazy to think that an artist could lock in on their sound in a debut album. It’s quintessential Jimi right from the jump. So many bangers on this one. It’s damn near perfect.

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p122. 1967. 5 stars Sounds as fresh today as when it was first issued. Not a weak track on this. Hugely influential. Raised the bar for every other guitarist without ever straying in wankage, although you can argue that Third Stone From The Sun outstays its welcome. Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell on top form. Packed with genuine rock classics. This one is essential listening.

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5

Excellent. While from its time still a great listen.

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5

Truly peerless

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5

On the short list of best debut albums ever. Nothing else to say. Best track: Hey Joe

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I used to listen to this album when I first started learning how to play guitar. Let’s be real — this record is one of the best of all time, and I don’t usually say that! Jimi has a unique voice, both from his throat and through his guitar. None of the songs bleed together, all are distinct from one another and fantastic. You can very clearly hear how Hendrix takes existing musical styles and approaches and rearticulates them into something new.

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5

Soooo many killer songs

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The album that redefined what was possible with a guitar. Hendrix is of course transcendent, but attention should also be paid to Noel Redding (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums)-their tight, locked-in groove gives a sturdy frame to the six-string fireworks.

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5

Super classic.

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5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Purple haze, Hey Joe, May this be love, I don’t live today, Fire

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5

I am now. First time listening all the way through. Absolute Unit.

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5

Fucking superb album, is easier to name the songs i didnt like than the ones i did.

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5

PURPLE HAZE STONE FREE IYKYK

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5

All time classic.

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5

Great relaxing experience. An awesome album. An iconic album.

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5

Some really good guitar riffs in here. I feel like he shows off but I think that’s the whole Jimi Hendrix Experience no?

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5

Fantastic album, know it very well. I own the UK version, so hearing it in the US order was slightly disconcerting. Nice listening to it intently on headphones too.

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9/10, brilliant.

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5

Genius

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5

I knew the US & UK versions had different covers but was surprised to learn they had some different tracks and track ordering. Never occurred to me in 30 years of listening to AYE despite knowing Beatles albums did this. So, today I listened to the original North America track order and afterwards the original UK order. Unsurprisingly I prefer the NA order. Purple Haze and The Wind Cries Mary in the NA version are vastly superior to Can You See Me and Remember in the UK version. North American version is a 5 and one of my favorites of all time; UK version is a 4.5 and rounds to a 5. Third Stone From The Sun is possibly my favorite song of all time.

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5

Muy bueno - 5

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5

already heard, love this even more now

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5

It's crazy that not only are all of these songs on one album, but it's their debut album.

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5

One of my favorites already.

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5

A great album. A lot of the songs were recognizable and it was fun to listen to it. I will listen to it again.

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5

The only one who can do the blaring guitar thing in a genius way. Wow! Where did this man come from? He was outta this world.

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Un bel album de hendrix que j’ai ecoute des centaines de fois, ce qui m’a fait commence la guitare et aime la musique en fait. 5****

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There are couple of songs in the middle that drag a bit and stop this from being a perfect album for me, but the rest of it is just fantastic so it's getting a 5 anyway

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5

This slapped.

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5

Jimi Hendrix recordings have always sounded otherworldly and chaotic - much like the tunes themselves.

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5

Incredible debut. 3/4 of the tracks on this album are stone cold classics. The only fault is the muddy sound that comes close to doing his revolutionary guitar work a disservice. Not enough of a fault to rate this any lower than 5 stars though. Just an amazing record front to back.

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5

Unreal. Can't believe this is a debut album, what a talent. Standouts are "Purple Haze", "Foxy Lady", "Hey Joe"

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Purple Haze- A fantastic start to the album👍 Manic depression- guitar solo is next level👍 Hey Joe- A more bluesy inspired sung Love or confusion - another guitar driven song👍 May this be love- A more laid back and gentle song, just beautiful👍 I don't live today- another blues track and obviously Guitar is next level The wind cries Mary - quite a sweet melancholic song👍 Fire - just okay compared to other songs on the album Third stove from The Sun- groovy mostly instrumental Foxey Lady - meh Are you experienced - a very experimental and psychedelic track👍 This is a masterpiece 5/5

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aw hell yea, love the Hendrix. This is how u make a strat sound fkn huge. 4/5.

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2/26 Gotta relish these funky psychedelic relics. Standout Tracks: Manic Depression, Hey Joe, I Don’t Live Today, Fire, Third Stone From The Sun, Are You Experienced?

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7/10. Can see myself listening to this more

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nice

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Great album.

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