Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time
Satur-debut continues with an album from one of the (if not THE) most influential guitarists of all time. Released in 1967, it still sounds as jaw-dropping & game-changing as it did to record buyers more than a half century ago.
For more information on this series, please read the opening paragraph of the first post, which featured the debut album from Led Zeppelin.
From GREAT OUT OF THE GATE Part 3:
No list of great debut albums is complete without this one from the most influential rock guitarist of all time. In just a few short years before his death in 1970, he exponentially expanded the limits of what can be done on guitar, and the records he made with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell as The Jimi Hendrix Experience took songwriting, arranging & producing into new & exciting directions. The U.S. & U.K. editions of the album each include 11 tracks, but only 8 appear on both. These include undisputed classics like “Manic Depression,” “Fire,” “Foxy Lady,” “I Don’t Live Today,” “Third Stone From The Sun” and the title track. American audiences got to hear early singles “Purple Haze,” “The Wind Cries Mary” and their version of “Hey Joe,” while British audiences were wowed by his blues masterpiece, “Red House.” Whichever version you hear, there’s no denying the staying power of Are You Experienced, a record that’s equally of-its-time and a vision of the future. I have a 1993 CD pressing that includes all of these songs and 3 others. I’ve heard that later editions have better mastering but this one sounds great to me and it has all the music in one place.
I was hoping to include a clip of “Red House” but it looks like most original album versions of Hendrix songs are unavailable on YouTube and Vimeo. I’m glad I was able to locate the three clips embedded here. If you can find others feel free to share them in the comments section so others can enjoy them. Or just encourage everyone to buy this album, since no record collection is complete without it.