Are You Experienced (1968, 1997)
Created by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive

license to MCA Records, Inc. in 1967 and 1997.
Peaked at the 5th spot on Billboard's Pop Albums and # 10

on Billboard's
Black Albums in 1968.
        It is one of the unforgettable opening riffs in rock: a

ferocious two-note guitar march scarred with fuzz. And it

launched not one but two revolutions: late-Sixties psychedelia
and the unprecedented genius of Jimi Hendrix. A three-minute blaze of overdubbed guitar sorcery,

"Purple Haze" -- the opening track on the U.S. version of his debut LP,
Are You Experienced? --

captured the liberating rush of day-glo culture just in time for the Summer of Love. The song, which

Hendrix wrote on December 26th, 1966, in the dressing room of a London club, was also a concise

showcase for his brilliant, often contradictory gifts. In "Purple Haze," he spiked the surging rhythmic

confidence of the Experience with intimate pictorial tension: "Actin' funny, but I don't know why/'Scuse me

while I kiss the sky." Hendrix echoed his screaming Strat in the closing solo with another shrieking guitar

put through a new harmonic-manipulation device called an Octavia and played back at double speed. He

claimed he wrote "Purple Haze" after he had a dream in which he could walk underwater. The result: out

of this world. (
Purple Haze - Voted # 17 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Times)
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        One of the most stunning debuts in rock history, and one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic

era. On
Are You Experienced?, Jimi Hendrix synthesized various elements of the cutting edge of 1967

rock into music that sounded both futuristic and rooted in the best traditions of rock, blues, pop, and soul.

It was his mind-boggling guitar work, of course, that got most of the ink, building upon the experiments of

British innovators like Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend to chart new sonic territories in feedback,

distortion, and sheer volume. It wouldn't have meant much, however, without his excellent material,

whether psychedelic frenzy ("Foxey Lady," "Manic Depression," "Purple Haze"), instrumental freak-out

jams ("Third Stone From the Sun"), blues ("Red House," "Hey Joe"), or tender, poetic compositions ("The

Wind Cries Mary") that demonstrated the breadth of his songwriting talents. Not to be underestimated

were the contributions of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, who gave the music a

rhythmic pulse that fused parts of rock and improvised jazz. Many of these songs are among Hendrix's

very finest; it may be true that he would continue to develop at a rapid pace throughout the rest of his brief

career, but he would never surpass his first LP in terms of consistently high quality...

(
Richie Unterberger - All Music Guide)
Album Play List

1. Purple Haze 2:50 (Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1967 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.
Peaked at # 65 on Billboard's Pop Singles in 1967.                

2. Manic Depression 3:42 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

3. Hey Joe 3:29 (
Recommended)
Written by Billy Roberts
Published by Third Story Music (BMI)
©1997, 1967 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

4. Love or Confusion 3:12
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

5. May This Be Love 3:10
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

6. I Don't Live Today 3:54
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

7. The Wind Cries Mary 3:20 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

8. Fire 2:43 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

9. Third Stone From The Sun 6:44
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

10. Foxey Lady 3:18 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.
Peaked at the 67th spot on Billboard's Pop Singles in 1968.

11. Are You Experienced? 4:14
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

12. Stone Free 3:36 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

13. 51st Anniversary 3:15
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

14. Highway Chile 3:32
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

15. Can You See Me 2:33
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

16. Remember 2:48
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

17. Red House 3:50 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.
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