Are You Experienced?
Karl J. Geisler
Are You Experienced
THE rock and roll album. This one has it all--beautiful soft ballads,
incredible experimentation, and straight-up kick-ass rock. One might
be inclined to re-title this album as "The Best of Jimi Hendrix, Vol. 1",
of course, then we'd have to number every other Hendrix album that ever came out
A while back (4 years?) one of the major guitar magazines had a feature on
the top 10 (or was it 20) albums that changed or defined rock and roll guitar
for all time.
Now, of course I don't remember all the albums listed, but I know
Surfing with the Alien, Van Halen's first album, and probably a few Clapton
were included. Guess what was the #1, most essential album
for R&R guitarists--yep, Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced.
This album has recently been remastered with a few additional tracks. Included
are some tracks released as
Jimi Hendrix Experience singles which were not included
on the American issue of the LP. So, it makes sense to pick up the
remastered version to get 51st Anniversary, Red House, Highway Chile, and Stone
Free in addition to the original tracks.