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Everyone knows Hendrix's story: that of a chitlin-circuit pro who moved to England for his big chance, grew his hair, and turned up the volume on everything from his Marshall stack to his sartorial choices. Paired with a British rhythm section, Hendrix quickly announced a new breed of hard rock with a slowed-down, mysterious cover of the garage-band murder ballad "Hey Joe." Soon, Are You Experienced arrived, displaying a visionary approach that combined flights of lyrical fancy ("The Wind Cries Mary"), avant-jazz rhythms (the bridge of "Love or Confusion"), and two-ton feathers of post-blues noise ("I Don't Live Today"). When Hendrix turned the title cut's guitar solo into a backward-tape reverie of sustained notes and swoops, he echoed his hero Bob Dylan's famous quote "It used to go like that; now it goes like this." But he wasn't just talking about one song.

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One of the Best of All Time

This classic album was the theme music of a multitude of people during it's initial release in the late 1960s. I was one of them and actually had it on 4 track (not 8 track but a 4 track player in my car). Hendrix was able to bring an edge to Rock and Roll and redefined an entire Genre of Music that still is admired by young and old alike today. Hendrix was the master of playing the guitar and all of the controls and feedbacks he could to produce a new kind of Wall-Of-Sound that defined him and led a new revolution in virtuoso guitar work. If you are familiar with Hendrix work, then you would know this was his best work, If you are not familiar with Jimi Hendrix and want to know what to buy from any era, this is it. He has other great songs on other albums, but this is truly a period piece that stands on it's own and defines an era in Music and Culture that will live on in our memories forever.


I can remember buying this in VINYL in 1967 and hearing my parents discuss wether or not to send me to a psychologist !!!! 43 years later and my carreer in music has allowed me to reitre earlier than most workers. only in music is your retirement is all based on how ya did at your craft Thanks to Guiarists like JIMI, Jeff Beck, Clapton, Buddy Guy and a load of others I did well and live a good life and I owe it to the albums of the late 60;s for it was then that I decided to be a guitarist. The re-mastering on this album is fantastice but what I found very intriging is listen to Chas Chandler,Jimi's manager, Mitch MItchell and old interviews with Noel it was great as a musician to find out how they made some of those sounds that today's guitar players everywhere are trying to emulate. To findout that an album that was as groudbreaking as this was finished in 10 days and most cuts FIRST TIME...... JEEEZ when I did my first lp in 78 it took 10 days to get 4 songs done out of which only 2 were even used, Bascially re-purchsing this CD was as GREAT and EXCITING as it was as a teenager, but this is much better, the BONUS FOOTAGE, and VIDEO BOOKLET make it a must buy along with the extra tracks. GO BACK TO YOUR BEST YEARS AND BUY THIS AND SIT BACK WITH A SETA OF HEADPHONES AND TURN IT UP AFTER THIS YOU WILL BE EXXPERIENCED !!! St.James

The Beginning of King Jimi

Most rock fans and critics consider Jimi Hendrix to be the most important lead guitar figure in rock history. I am 15 and Jimi Hendrix is still a favorite among teens, decades later. This album is one of the reasons why. Not only it is one of the best debut albums in 20 and 21st century music, but it's built like a greastest hits album. Many of the group's best hits on this album. "Are You Experienced?" is a perfect example of a great work of art. The song reverses and clashes itself on all the right places. I listen to orchestral music to rap and I know a work of art when I hear it. The song makes you feel like your psychadelic. "Purple Haze", "Hey Joe", "Stone Free", "May This Be Love", and "Red House" are just a few of the great songs on this album, because all of them are really good. This album is a must have for any rock or just plain music fan. Jimi Hendrix will be remembered as long as Bach, and this is one of the reasons why. Jimi Hendrix is considered the founder of modern day rock, and he opened doors for groups like Queen to also have their name in history. Jimi Hendrix has stood the test of time, and if you don't believe me go to any high school and ask the music fans what they think of him. You'll probably hear something such as "Man he was the best, the King!"


Genre: Rock

In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality feedback and roaring distortion. His frequent hurricane blasts of noise and dazzling showmanship -- he could and would play behind his back and with his teeth and set his guitar on fire -- has sometimes...
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