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Fri May 12, 2017, 07:41 PM

 

50 yrs ago today; "Are You Experienced" is released

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are_You_Experienced



Are You Experienced is the debut studio album by English-American rock band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Released in 1967, 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.

Are You Experienced and its preceding singles were recorded over a five-month period from late October 1966 through early April 1967. The album was completed in sixteen recording sessions at three London locations, including De Lane Lea Studios, CBS, and Olympic. Released in the UK on May 12, 1967, Are You Experienced spent 33 weeks on the charts, peaking at number two. The album was issued in the US on August 23 by Reprise Records, where it reached number five on the Billboard 200, remaining on the chart for 106 weeks, 27 of those in the Top 40. The album also spent 70 weeks on the US Billboard R&B chart, where it peaked at #10. The US version contained some of Hendrix's best known songs, including the Experience's first three singles, which, though omitted from the British edition of the LP, were top ten hits in the UK: "Purple Haze", "Hey Joe", and "The Wind Cries Mary".

In 2005, Rolling Stone ranked Are You Experienced fifteenth on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They placed four songs from the album on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: "Purple Haze" (17), "Foxy Lady" (153), "Hey Joe" (201), and "The Wind Cries Mary" (379). That same year, the record was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress in recognition of its cultural significance to be added to the National Recording Registry. Writer and archivist Reuben Jackson of the Smithsonian Institution wrote: "it's still a landmark recording because it is of the rock, R&B, blues ... musical tradition. It altered the syntax of the music ... in a way I compare to James Joyce's Ulysses."


50 fucking years, and it still rocks!

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Reply 50 yrs ago today; "Are You Experienced" is released (Original post)
Cooley Hurd May 2017 OP
Botany May 2017 #1
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #2
ornotna May 2017 #3
randr May 2017 #4
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #6
randr May 2017 #27
Itchinjim May 2017 #5
dchill May 2017 #7
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #8
dchill May 2017 #23
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #24
dchill May 2017 #26
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #31
2naSalit May 2017 #9
ProudLib72 May 2017 #10
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #12
kwassa May 2017 #11
spanone May 2017 #13
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #14
kwassa May 2017 #17
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #19
kentuck May 2017 #16
dhill926 May 2017 #21
kentuck May 2017 #15
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #25
jalan48 May 2017 #18
beam me up scottie May 2017 #20
peacebuzzard May 2017 #22
livetohike May 2017 #28
kentuck May 2017 #29
BBG May 2017 #30
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #32
LeftInTX May 2017 #33
Marie Marie May 2017 #34
johnp3907 May 2017 #35
Zorro May 2017 #36
Mr.Bill May 2017 #37
snort May 2017 #44
Mr.Bill May 2017 #45
7wo7rees May 2017 #38
Martin Eden May 2017 #39
redstateblues May 2017 #40
duncang May 2017 #41
oasis May 2017 #42
nolabear May 2017 #43

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 07:45 PM

1. never gonna be another like him

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Response to Botany (Reply #1)

Fri May 12, 2017, 07:47 PM

2. There have been GREAT guitarists before and since...

 

...but Jimi was not only a great guitarist; he was a true musician in the classical sense.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 07:51 PM

3. It does still rock

Absolutely.


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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 07:52 PM

4. A friend showed up late at night 50 years ago

with the album. We all got up took some LSD and played it over and over til dawn.
Were we ever experienced!

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Response to randr (Reply #4)

Fri May 12, 2017, 07:58 PM

6. I first tripped to Talking Heads Remain in Light - 1982-ish

 

I danced around, arm-chops and all.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #6)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:29 PM

27. We use to play volleyball on acid

with the Talking Heads playing.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 07:53 PM

5. And it hasn't aged a day.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:03 PM

7. OK, I get it. I'm old!

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Response to dchill (Reply #7)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:06 PM

8. Join the club... another weigh station to the big void...

 

...but at least our soundtrack is cooler!

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #8)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:16 PM

23. WAY!

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Response to dchill (Reply #23)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:20 PM

24. NO... weigh.

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #24)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:24 PM

26. Don't go there! This is hard enough!

Look at me, I'm on Medicare!

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Response to dchill (Reply #26)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:43 PM

31. When I wrote my post, I struggled over weigh vs way...

 

...either works.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:14 PM

9. My all-time favorite...

Hendrix tune is:




I like others but this one makes me drop everything and rock out, totally unabashed.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:20 PM

10. Man, you guys make me feel like a wannabe

I only started listening to Hendrix in the mid-eighties when I was 13. I always wished I could have seen him live one time.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #10)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:23 PM

12. I was late to the party, too

 

Class of 83.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:22 PM

11. This was the cover I remember.



We learned about this record by word of mouth. No radio stations played this back then. Pre-FM, which would come soon.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #11)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:26 PM

13. i was just about to say the same....this is the ONLY cover i've ever seen of it.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #11)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:27 PM

14. Reprise - US label

 

From the same
link:

The album was issued in the US on August 23 by Reprise Records, where it reached number five on the Billboard 200, remaining on the chart for 106 weeks, 27 of those in the Top 40.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #14)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:34 PM

17. The yellow cover was the US release cover.

and had some different tracks than the English release.

The record blew us away. We played it to death. Everyone had a copy of it.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #17)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:38 PM

19. Yep, before "major" labels were wiped out by indie labels

 

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Response to kwassa (Reply #11)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:32 PM

16. Yep!

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Response to kwassa (Reply #11)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:55 PM

21. memories....man....

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:30 PM

15. That was a long time ago!

Seems that I recall that Sgt Peppers came out about the same time?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #15)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:24 PM

25. Stay tuned - a few weeks away.

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:34 PM

18. Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful..........

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 08:46 PM

20. Still gives me chills.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:01 PM

22. Damn he was good, like no other

He turned rock n roll on its head. Mitch Mitchell the drummer was great too. But Hendrix, OMG so so good. He played like no one else. Thanks for this post.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:31 PM

28. I still remember where I was the first time I heard this album.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:38 PM

30. Well

I am

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Response to BBG (Reply #30)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:44 PM

32. Best and only answer, isn't it?

 


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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 09:44 PM

33. I remember he opened for the Monkees in 1967

He was full blow Jimi.
Caressing his guitar and doing sensual things with his tongue.
A bunch of moms freaked out.
Pre-teen girls, who would have preferred a Justin Bieber clone, didn't know what to make of it.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 10:07 PM

34. Jimi - the very definition of cool.

Huge fan here.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 10:07 PM

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 10:17 PM

36. Hey kids this is what it was like back then

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 10:21 PM

37. It was the beginning of a very wonderful summer.

I was 14 and it was the summer before I started high school. I lived 50 miles from San Francisco. I spent a few weekends that summer in the Haight Ashbury. It was a six week block party. As Paul Kanter of the Jefferson Airplane said, "For about six weeks, everything was just perfect".

I smoked my first joint that summer. I often wonder how different my life would have been had I not experienced the Summer of Love.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #37)

Sat May 13, 2017, 12:46 AM

44. I was in Atwater! Does that count?

I'm afraid the answer may be no.

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Response to snort (Reply #44)

Sat May 13, 2017, 11:28 AM

45. We were all there

in one way or another. It was at the forefront of a cultural revolution and it touched all of us and we touched it. There were no real leaders or followers, we were all in it together.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 10:30 PM

38. Introduced the Octavia pedal

It was the overtone on Jimi's playing that was an octave higher or lower.

The effect was used by Jimi Hendrix, and can be heard in guitar solos on the song "Purple Haze". Hendrix preferred to call the device the “Octavio”, and it is often referred to as such.

After Hendrix's death in 1970 one of the original Octavias became the basis for the redesigned "Octavia (TM)", manufactured by Tycobrahe Sound Company in Hermosa Beach, California, during the mid-1970s. A limited number of the devices were produced, and today a used one in good condition sells for over $1,000 on eBay. Stevie Ray Vaughan owned nine of these devices.

From Wikipedia

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 10:33 PM

39. Trumpets and violins I can hear in the distance

I think they're calling our names.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri May 12, 2017, 11:35 PM

40. Got to see him play the Star Spangled Banner at the Atlanta Pop Festival

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat May 13, 2017, 12:06 AM

41. Two more

Wind cries Mary



Third stone from the sun.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat May 13, 2017, 12:19 AM

42. Brings back memories of a "dreamy" time for me.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat May 13, 2017, 12:21 AM

43. Seattle is very proud. There's a statue on Capitol Hill and

a number of houses where he is said to have played and practiced and honed. And he's buried just south of the city. Never been there but I know they moved him from the middle to the edge of the cemetery because so many people still come.

I just bring it up to say the man is immortal, and for good reason. There's just no one else like him.

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