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5.0 out of 5 stars It will change your view of music, 13 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Are You Experienced (Audio CD)
From the opening rock 'n' roll riff of 'Foxy Lady' to the closing rythm and blues of 'Highway Chile', 'Are You Experienced' remains the most influential guitar album ever made. It is impossible to do it justice with mere words, but I'll do my best.

Originally containing fourteen tracks, with three singles (the last three on here) released as well, it now has all seventeen sonmgs that had been released at the time. Of course, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a band - and a hot one at that - but everything was, and still is, focused on Hendrix. Arguably the first guitar virtuoso, he completely revolutionised the guitar's sonic capabilities, and showed the likes of Clapton and Townshend how to play like a God.

The styles on here are rich and varied. Hendrix could play:

blues - 'Red House', 'Remember'

rock - 'Foxy Lady', 'Stone Free'

psychedelia - 'Third Stone From The Sun', 'Are You Experienced'

r 'n' b - 'Highway Chile'

softer songs - 'May This Be Love', 'The Wind Cries Mary'

or combine it all into 'Purple Haze'

Not to mention the fact that he was experimenting with all sorts of effects peddles that gave his music a whole new facet at the time - and still. The guitar playing is superlative, but he is also a brilliant songwriter; just listen to 'Purple Haze'. The quality of his bandmates is also superb - Noel Redding, the bassist, and Mitch Mitchell, the drummer, are two masters of their field. Okay, so they are vastly outshone by their genius guitarist and singer, but they are excellent nonetheless, and crucial to the whole 'experience'.

'Are You Experienced' is without a doubt the greatest and most influential debut album of all time. It's influence is ongoing - The Experience are still selling three-million albums per annum, a lot of which will be 'Are You Experienced'. I cnnot tell you how much I recommend this album, which may be the best ever (which you may read a lot, but this really is the biz.)
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