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This review is from: Are You Experienced (Audio CD)
A truly stunning album, easily one of the best first efforts by any group, any time.
There's not much to be said apart from that, but the musicianship and songs are marvellous. Mitch's drumming is superb throughout and Noel's under-rated bass playing is solid but inventive.
Hendrix never really surpassed this in terms of its freshness and general impact, although he steadily grew as a musician after its release. The variety on the album is unsurpassed, except by The Beatles: jazz (Third Stone from the Sun); blues (Red House); R&B soul (Fire, Remember), even a hard rock waltz (Manic Depression) and a surf song (May This Be Love).
There are two re-issues of this album around. The best has the original UK running order, starting with Foxy Lady, and the six bonus tracks (Hey Joe, Purple Haze, etc) at the end of the CD. It also has the original UK cover, which is a bit daggy.
The other issue has the US running order, which has Purple Haze as its first track, and then the six bonus tracks (Red House, Can You See Me, etc) at the end. This has the 'fish eye' cover, which is more suited to the music.
You get the same songs, but the UK issue has the running order as Hendrix intended. Both versions have the same sound, remastered by Eddie Kramer, Jimi's original engineer.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2010, 18:41:36 BST
casio smith says:
yeah the different order is slightly annoying i personally think there should be 13 tracks,, ending with are you experienced which is the natural ending. and ditching 51st anniversary (not very good) and highway chile which doesent really fit
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014, 08:26:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2014, 08:26:21 GMT
3 reissues, if you are actually reviewing this double cd. You havent mentioned the extra disc or the nice mastering
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014, 10:56:08 GMT
Geoffrey Millar says:
At the time I reviewed this, it was a single CD, the double set(CD and DVD) was issued when Sony took over the back catalogue. I haven't heard that set, but the others in the series seem to have identical sound to the previous Estate issues. The DVD is fairly short but interesting, but you can see the contents on the web site or YouTube without adding yet another re-issue to your collection and bank balance.
There is also an unofficial, 'Jeffery Estate' two CD set called 'Are You Experienced and More' which contains the English LP running order and a CD of outtakes and run-throughs. Sound is not up to the standard as the official releases.
A US Reprise CD issue of the LP, labelled RE-1 on the CD, had excellent sound, with perhaps a little more 'presence' than newer issues. It was engineered by the Alan Douglas team, I think, supervised by Joe Gastwirt rather than Eddie Kramer. That said, the differences are subtle and not at all obvious when playing the album at the required volume.
Posted on 5 May 2014, 07:48:35 BST
Michael Grösch-McCluskey says:
How refreshing to have a review that's----ab-so-lute-ly----
An American Abroad,
Michael "Big Mac" McCluskey
P.S. I was in a nice interview on
local TV---it's just 8-minutes---
It opens and closes with Hendrix:
ever went to.
Highlights include our cat...and the VOLCANO in our backyard!
Posted on 5 May 2014, 07:58:13 BST
Last edited by the author on 5 May 2014, 08:00:50 BST
Michael Grösch-McCluskey says:
Oh! I forgot. While I have a, marvelous, AWD
Volvo 'wagon---BEING a Volvo---it has a O=N=E
CD-player... with speakers all over the place; e-
ven in the side mirrors. So, I have s-e-v-e-r-a-l
single CD, Jimi Hendrix "Best ofs" so I can re-live
a GREAT Hendrix concert that was NOT surpassed
by a world-cruise TO and FROM Vietnam, shortly
after my '68 school graduation. DO see the inter-
view... features Hendrix...a cat... a volcano... and
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