Are You Experienced (Remastered) CD (2010)

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This LP changed the world, not just Rock

by bladerunner on 9/4/2013

Jimi simply re-defined Rock and what can be done on a guitar -- and the whole Earth listened in 1967. This 2-disc re-issue adds the cool EXTRA tracks, and is a first-rate package, with a documentary DVD about "the making of the LP". The PHOTOS in the booklet are very cool also ... Read More

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The debut release from The Jimi Hendrix Experience is widely regarded as the greatest, most influential debut release from any artist. When first released in 1967, Are You Experienced turned the music world upside down as Hendrix showed everyone exactly what it meant to be 'experienced.' Remastered from the original 2-track mixdown master tapes, this expanded 17-song collection features the ageless classics "Purple Haze," "Red House," "Stone Free," "Hey Joe," and "Are You Experienced." Plus a bonus DVD featuring a "Making Of" mini documentary.


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 214101161
UPC 886976216221
UPC 14 00886976216221
Format CD
Release Date 3/9/2010
Author Jimi Experi Hendrix
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Compilation Appearance Under The Influence:songs That Made T
36 Page Booklet Includes Detailed Sessin Info, Linear Notes, Photos and Memorabilia.
Bonus DVD Contains Exclusive "Making Of" Mini Documentary.
In Lavish 6-Panel Digipak.
Technical Info
Engineer Dave Siddle; Mike Ross; Eddie Kramer
Producer Chas Chandler
CatalogID 62162
Lable Name Experience Hendrix
Released 03/09/2010
Original Release 1967
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 10s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886976216221
Album Notes and Credits
This 1997 reissue of ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? is a remastered version that restores the original LP's track order and album artwork. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? was previously reissued in 1993 (MCA 10893) with new cover art and a new 17-track running order that included all the songs on either the U.S. or U.K. versions of the original LP. That version is now out of print, and has been replaced by this one, on the Experience Hendrix label, which features remastered versions of the same 17 songs, this time in the order they appeared on the original American LP, with the extra tracks added to the end (a separate version was simultaneously released in the U.K., featuring the same songs but in the original British track order). The Experience Hendrix label is controlled by Hendrix's family.
The 1997 reissue also adds a 24-page booklet with previously-unpublished photos, the original LP liner notes and song lyrics.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Jimi Hendrix (vocals, electric guitar); Noel Redding (bass, background vocals); Mitch Mitchell (drums, background vocals).
Recorded in late 1966 and early 1967 at Olympic Studios, London, England.
Originally released on Reprise.
Includes liner notes by Dave Marsh.
Personnel: Jimi Hendrix (vocals, guitar); Noel Redding (vocals, bass guitar); Mitch Mitchell (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Eddie Kramer; George Marino.
Liner Note Author: Dave Marsh .
Photographers: Ulrich Handl; Bruce Fleming; Harry Goodwin; Bruce Colvill; Wilson Lindsey; Tom Monaster; John Sullivan .
Jimi Hendrix's debut recording was an instant classic, and is as startling today as when it first hit the streets in 1967. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? is probably the most rock-oriented of Hendrix's official studio releases, but its influences are incredibly diverse. "Third Stone from the Sun" recalls the supple octaves of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery; the churning Afro-Cuban polyrhythms of "Manic Depression" evoke John Coltrane and Elvin Jones; "I Don't Live Today" employs ritualistic Native American drumbeats; and the title tune borrows the Eastern airs of sitarist Ravi Shankar. The mix, beautifully refreshed on this 1997 reissue, is dark and churning, a dense wall of sound. Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding blast away with a barely controlled fury, and there's a distorted metallic edge to Hendrix's guitar timbre that has made ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? a particular favorite among rock and heavy metal guitarists. "Purple Haze" and "Foxey Lady" helped define the power trio format, thanks to Hendrix's full-bodied rhythm guitar and his soaring solos. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? also established Hendrix as a singer/songwriter. His Dylanesque vocals and spacy imagery make each tune a little gem, especially on gentle outings such as the ballad "The Wind Cries Mary."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.96) - Ranked #15 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...The incendiary poetry of Hendrix's guitar was historic in itself..."
Q (12/93, p.136) - 5 Stars (out of 5) - "...ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? becomes the complete showcase for massive, never-matched earthquaking guitar sounds in improbably balanced dialogue with the laconic voice of a man who genuinely believed he couldn't sing..."
Down Beat (8/97, p.61) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...pile-driving rhythms...deep well as Hendrix's amazing guitar/vocal display..."
Vibe (12/99, p.156) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Vibe (2/94, p.103) - "...for folks who've never heard Jimi on vinyl, the rainbow fantasia world of Hendrix awaits you in all its polyphonic peacock glory...."
NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #29 in NME's list of the "Greatest Albums Of All Time."
Artist Bio
"Jimi HendrixIn 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 obscured his considerable gifts as a songwriter, singer, and master of a gamut of blues, R&B, and rock styles.It was in a New York club that Hendrix was spotted by Animals bassist Chas Chandler. The first lineup of the Animals was about to split, and Chandler, looking to move into management, convinced Hendrix to move to London and record as a solo act in England. There a group was built around Jimi, also featuring Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass, that was dubbed the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The trio became stars with astonishing speed in the U.K., where ""Hey Joe,"" ""Purple Haze,"" and ""The Wind Cries Mary"" all made the Top Ten in the first half of 1967. These tracks were also featured on their debut album, Are You Experienced?, a psychedelic meisterwerk that became a huge hit in the U.S. after Hendrix created a sensation at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967.Are You Experienced? was an astonishing debut, particularly from a young R&B veteran who had rarely sung, and apparently never written his own material, before the Experience formed. What caught most people's attention at first was his virtuosic guitar playing, which employed an arsenal of devices, including wah-wah pedals, buzzing feedback solos, crunching distorted riffs, and lightning, liquid runs up and down the scales. But Hendrix was also a first-rate songwriter, melding cosmic imagery with some surprisingly pop-savvy hooks and tender sentiments. He was also an excellent blues interpreter and passionate, engaging singer (although his gruff, throaty vocal pipes were not nearly as great assets as his instrumental skills). Are You Experienced? was psychedelia at its most eclectic, synthesizing mod pop, soul, R&B, Dylan, and the electric guitar innovations of British pioneers like Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, and Eric Clapton.Amazingly, Hendrix would only record three fully conceived studio albums in his lifetime. Axis: Bold as Love and the double-LP Electric Ladyland were more diffuse and experimental than Are You Experienced? On Electric Ladyland in particular, Hendrix pioneered the use of the studio itself as a recording instrument, manipulating electronics and devising overdub techniques (with the help of engineer Eddie Kramer in particular) to plot uncharted sonic territory. Not that these albums were perfect, as impressive as they were; the instrumental breaks could meander, and Hendrix's songwriting was occasionally half-baked, never matching the consistency of Are You Experienced? (although he exercised greater creative control over the later albums)."
Disc 1
1 Purple Haze
2 Manic Depression
3 Hey Joe
4 Love or Confusion
5 May This Be Love
6 I Don't Live Today
7 Wind Cries Mary, The
8 Fire
9 3rd Stone from the Sun
10 Foxey Lady
11 Are You Experienced?
12 Stone Free
13 51st Anniversary
14 Highway Chile
15 Can You See Me
16 Remember
17 Red House
Grammy (2000) Jimi Hendrix, Winner, Best Music Video, Long Form
Grammy (1993) Jimi Hendrix, Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1992) The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees
Grammy (1971) Jimi Hendrix, Nominee, Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance
Product Attributes
Artist Hendrix,Jimi Experi
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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