I'm not going to gush. Just BUY this. Really.
This is Jimi's debut album, the first outpouring of his purple sci-fi funky psychedelia, and it was pretty revolutionary in its day. He was somewhat under the thumb of Chas Chandler at this stage, so the formats are all tight three minute-something commercial song recordings. And he was hugely influenced by the gods of the contemporary British rock scene, whilst remaining true to his R & B chitlin' circuit roots, (and of course his love of Dylan - check out his hair), so there's a definite flavour of the surrounding melee of the likes of Clapton/Cream, The Who, etc. Mostly though this album demonstrates Jimi's radical uncompromising creativity, both in terms of song structure, sound, guitar-playing (feedback makes a few appearances), content and psychedelic qualities. This was Jimi's entry into the British scene, using the jazz monster Mitch Mitchell on drums and ex-six stringer Noel Reading on bass, a three-piece power trio that pretty much defined the phrase. The black/white line-up was radical at the time, convention busting, so too the way they looked, the volume of their gigs, and mostly Jimi as a blinding guitar-player, presence and force of nature. Classic songs.
This album paved the way for his next offering Axis Bold as Love and his later masterpiece Electric Ladyland, perhaps truer visions of some of Jimi's exotic voodoo juice, and certainly more favoured listening by myself, but none of that would have happened without this initial body of work to pave the way.
Go on, get yourself acquainted with a slice of 1967 history...you might just find yourself yelling out: "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky."