is the debut album by band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Released in May 12, the LP was an immediate critical and commercial success, and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest debuts in the history of rock music. 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.
By mid-1966, Hendrix was struggling to earn a living playing the R&B circuit as a backing guitarist. After being referred to Chas Chandler, who was leaving the Animals and interested in managing and producing artists, Hendrix was signed to a management and production contract with Chandler and ex-Animals manager Michael Jeffery. Chandler brought Hendrix to London and began recruiting members for a band designed to showcase the guitarist’s talents, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 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.
for those who have recently arrived from Mars and never heard of Jimi Hendrix, or who have recently started studying rock history and never heard of ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? this “the greatest, most influential debut album ever released,” and it’s hard to counter his praise. Hendrix is one of the few 1960s rock gods who is worshipped as much by the children of those who grew up with his music as by their parents. This was the world’s introduction to his psychedelic guitar, trippy lyrics and throbbing basslines, and his voice was clear from the start. It’s rare to find more than one or two signature songs on a debut – even Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones needed a running start to become the artists we think of today – but Hendrix has five: “Purple Haze,” “Foxey Lady,” “Fire,” “Hey Joe” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” Thirty-five years after its initial release, ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? is prized both for its historical significance and its rocking sound.
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