Are You Experienced, debut release by The Jimi Hendrix Experience returns as an Analogue Productions' UHQR, the pinnacle of high-quality vinyl. 33 1/3 RPM Ultra High Quality Record release limited to 20,000 copies; mastered from the original tapes and cut to lacquer by Bernie Grundman, and pressed at Quality Record Pressings using Clarity Vinyl - the purest possible pressing and most visually stunning presentation and packaging.
When it was first released in 1967, Are You Experienced turned the music world upside down, as Hendrix showed everyone exactly what it meant to be "experienced." 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, charting 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 ("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.