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Jimmy Hendrix – Are You Experienced | | All-imusic
It's hard to imagine an album like "Are You Experienced?" getting made these days. Even harder to imagine is a major label picking up this expansive combination of pop, rock, soul, jazz, funk and stoned experimentation. The marketing people would have a fit trying to figure out how to sell it to the kids as they A&Red the life out of it. When recording on this album began in 1966 (finishing in 1967) there were only a handful of people tinkering with the format of the three minute song. Hendrix's arrival on the scene (the archetypal stranger in a strange land scenario) upped the ante and didn't so much nudge things along as give them an almighty shove after which rock music would never be the same. Even ignoring the likes of "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze" (as singles they were not included on the original album) tracks as "Fire" stretch out the baton that bands such as Deep Purple would so willingly grasp. Similarly, the faintly ludicrous cock-rock antics of "Foxy Lady" graphically