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Artist: The Jimi Hendrix Experience 

Genre: Rock

Country Of Origin: United States/England

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Member: Yes (1992)

Album: Are You Experienced

Producer: Chas Chandler

Release Date: August 23, 1967 (U.S.)

Running Time: 40:12

RJ's Top 5 Songs: 1. The Wind Cries Mary...2. Fire...3. Hey Joe...4. Purple Haze...5. Foxy Lady


Disclaimer: All info that does not reside in my brain is gathered from (mostly because Jon can't stand it). 

This week's Album Of The Week is a classic.  It's Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Tidbits:

  • Are You Experienced reached number 5 in the U.S. and number 2 in the U.K.
  • The album has been certified 5 X Platinum by the RIAA.
  • The album was released first in the U.K. and then later in the year in the U.S. with a different track listing (this is what is featured here).
  • Hey Joe, Purple Haze and The Wind Cries Mary were all released as a-side singles before the album was released and those three songs were substituted into the track listing for the U.S. release.

Honestly, I could go on and on and on quoting Wikipedia.  The write up on this album is huge.  Instead, here is the link (Are You Experienced) if you are so inclined to read it.  I think it's safe to say that this album is regarded as one of the all-time great debut rock albums.  It's a little confusing as far as differing track listings from different countries, but that happened quite often back then.  Either way, you get some great playing, none better than on the song Fire if you ask me.  Hendrix aside, Mitchell and Redding are amazing on that song.

For me, I've always been partial to Jimi's hits.  You can probably tell that from my Top 5 songs list above.  But I will say that I've heard a few songs, mostly featured on Rockollections by Mike Pell, that were new to me and were quite good.  The question is, what do you think of this album and/or the band?  Do you own it?  Original vinyl or the CD version?  

U.S. Release

Side One:

1. Purple Haze

2. Manic Depression

3. Hey Joe

4. Love Or Confusion

5. May This Be Love

6. I Don't Live Today

Side Two:

7. The Wind Cries Mary

8. Fire

9. Third Stone From The Sun

10. Foxy Lady

11. Are You Experienced

As a little bonus, here is the cover for the U.K. release, as well as three songs that were on the U.K. release but omitted from the U.S. release to make room for the three singles that were released prior to the debut album.

Bonus Tracks 

12. Red House

13. Can You See Me

14. Remember

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Never owned it and never heard it in its entirety


Do I own this? Yes. On CASSETTE. Thought I had it on CD, but guess not. But at least I own it.

I don't see how anyone could not like this album. It's a classic, period. Not a bad song on the whole album.

That's all I have to say because I am annoyed that I can't do anything else on this site.

Have this on vinyl. Got the greatest hits on CD, and have purchased several of the "newer" Hendrix releases of studio demos, out takes, unreleased stuff, etc. And I like all 3 of those CD's, but can only remember the names of "South Saturn Delta", and "Valleys Of Neptune". Got them new with very good prices.

Strangely enough, as a kid, I only liked a few songs from this album. Now, I like them all and Jimi is one of my favorites...and one of the greatest of all time. Including his lyric writing.

Not sure why I was expecting more of a harder rock edge, but was surprised at how bluesy this is.  In a good way!  Hey Joe is my favorite track but of those that I am not familiar with, I really enjoyed Third Stone From The Sun for its melodicness mixed with (dare I say) jazz/prog? And then I Don't Live Today for its fun geetar work.

I reserve comment on the radio played tunes as they still get considerable attention on Classic Rock radio.

The bonus tracks weren't bad either.  Red House has a Clapton feel to it, even though the tempo is much slower there's something Crossroadsy about it.  Listen close.  Can You See Me has Who feel to it, really cool tune!  Remember is playful.  These 3 bonus track are really good!  Why were these not included originally? 

Nice post!  Glad I finally got to hear this one! 


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