The Jimi Hendrix Experience ‎– Are You Experienced

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The debut album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the first album on the Track Record label, Are You Experienced was initially issued in mono and then 'enhanced stereo' on later issues. Recordings had already begun in late October 1966, with the band producing material that does not appear on this album, but was released as singles leading up to its release (A common marketing practice at that time); (Hey Joe/Stone Free [Polydor, Dec 66], Purple Haze/51st Anniversary [Track, Mar 67] & The Wind Cries Mary/Highway Chile [coinciding with album issue].
These tracks appear on later releases.

The Sleeve & Tracks:
The UK Track cover photography was by Bruce Flemming. This design was used in Australia, New Zealand & Japan by Polydor, all mono. Polydor releases in Europe had the words "Jimi Hendrix" placed above the title. This text was Green in Germany, Red in Italy & Yellow in Spain. These later issues were 'enhanced stereo', with tracks listed on the back. The Polydor issue in South Africa, conscious of apartheid at that time, is simply text on a red background. The Barclay Records issue (France) employed a French TV show image of Hendrix on the cover, with a question mark after the title & psychedelic graphics.

The USA & Canadian issues were released by Reprise Records after the band appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, along with Track Record compatriots The Who. Art directed by Ed Thrasher this August '67 release cover uses a Karl Ferris infra-red fish-eye photo, with purple psychedelic text on yellow. There is a key difference to the tracks on this album, with some removed and replaced by the singles, plus a change to the running order. Released in mono & a remixed & remastered stereo version. The spelling "Foxey Lady" appears in some of these issues. The 'controversially produced' Alan Douglas issue on MCA in 1993 presented the tracks chronologically and two subsequent MCA reissues in 1997 each had differing track order. The editing of the Hendrix Family's MCA 1997 vinyl is more faithful to the original than its CD counterpart.

In South Africa the album was released by Polydor on 12 May 1967 in mono. At the time (during the Apartheid Government of the National Party) the South African censors periodically censored releases where the covers contained images of Black artists or where the songs were anti - apartheid or contained sexual innuendo. No tracks on the album were replaced or left out, but Polydor did not put an image of Jimi Hendrix on the sleeve because the record company feared that this might lead to the banning of the LP and result in a financial loss. The LP was released with a pink and black cover and with no photographs or drawings on either side. See SA Release

The Recording:
Ex The Animals musician & entrepreneur Chas Chandler had brought Hendrix to the UK, teaming him up with drummer Mitch Mitchell (ex Coronets, Blue Flames) and guitarist, turned-bass-guitarist, Noel Redding (ex The Loving Kind). Early recordings were done at De Lane Lea Studios, London [engineer Dave Siddle* & CBS Studios, Bond Street, London [engineer Mike Ross**, with the main thrust of work completed at Olympic Studios, London - where the future working relationship between engineer Eddie Kramer† and Hendrix was forged. Chandler was both band manager and producer of the album.

*Siddle: Manic Depression, Can You See Me, I Don't Live Today, Remember, Hey Joe, 51st Anniversary, The Wind Cries Mary, Fire, Love Or Confusion, Purple Haze.
**Ross: Foxy Lady, Red House, 3rd Stone From The Sun.
†Kramer: May This Be Love, Are You Experienced, Highway Chile. Plus additional engineering on the last 3 tracks by Siddle and the last track by Ross.

Tracklist

Foxy Lady
Manic Depression
Red House
Can You See Me
Love Or Confusion
I Don't Live Today
May This Be Love
Fire
3rd Stone From The Sun
Remember
Are You Experienced

Versions (10 of 331)

Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Are You Experienced? (LP, Album) Reprise Records RS 6261 US 1967
Are You Experienced (LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180) Legacy 88843059851 US 2014
Are You Experienced (LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Experience Hendrix 88697 62395 1 US 2010
Are You Experienced (2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Experience Hendrix 88875134501 Europe 2015
Are You Experienced (LP, Album, RE, RP) Reprise Records RS 6261 US 1968
Are You Experienced (LP, Album, RM, RP, 200) Legacy 88843059851 US 2014
Are You Experienced? (CD, Album, RE, RM) MCA Records MCD 11608 Europe 1997
Are You Experienced (LP, Album, Mono) Track Record 612 001 UK 1967
Are You Experienced (LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 180) Music On Vinyl MOVLP724 Europe 2013
Are You Experienced (LP, Album, RE, RP, Pit) Reprise Records RS 6261 US 1970

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liamkhughes

liamkhughes

May 20, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced , LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, 88843059851
I’m clearly outnumbered here but I actually had a bad experience with this record. When I first bought this there were significant skips throughout purple haze and hey joe. I checked the record on my sisters table and ran some other records on my own to make sure it wasn’t an issue with my turntable. After verifying that it couldn’t be my record player I sent it back and bought another copy, thinking it was just that particular record. However when I got my second record there were skips in the same exact places. If anyone has an idea of what’s going on I’d appreciate the help
zidanwenrou

zidanwenrou

May 19, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced, LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat, 88697 62395 1
If someone willing to sell only jacket and booklet without vinyl please pm me, thanks.
AliEce1888

AliEce1888

May 15, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gat, MCA2-11608

A good remaster. Better ones can be produced after but this is even very good for 90's vinyl remaster sounds
Jahji

Jahji

May 11, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced , LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, 88843059851

echoing previous opinions - cheap yet phenomenal pressing that beats out original reprise pressings Ive compared it against, this is the way to experience the experience
therealericmontana

therealericmontana

April 21, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Num, RE, 200, 88765419691
Can anyone tell me if there's a difference between the US and UK mono beside the cover and tracklisting? My UK copy sounds pretty uninspiring, unlike the US stereos I have had.
dayb110

dayb110

April 19, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, none
Anybody own this and can tell me how the sound quilaty is
dayb110

dayb110

April 19, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced?, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, MCA2-11608
Anybody own this and can tell me how the sound quilaty is
haidasounds

haidasounds

April 8, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced, LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 180, MOVLP725, 8718469532292
any verdict on this one, is it all analog mastered or is it remastered? Very confusing.
toshberman

toshberman

March 22, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced, LP, Album, Mono, RE, MPA 7004

When I was 12-years old I went to London. I remember many things on that specific trip, but one of the pleasant memories is discovering The Jimi Hendrix Experience at Robert Fraser's flat in 1967. He had a copy of this, and I went back to Los Angeles, I immediately found the American version of this classic debut album. It took me 50 years to realize that the UK and U.S. had a different song order and songs. Still, when I bought a used Mono version at Tower Records in Shinjuku, I was delighted. First of all, I never heard this album in Mono before, and it's an amazing punch to the stomach and head. We know how great Hendrix was, but The Experience was an incredible band. Mitch Mitchell's (is that is the real name? If not, what a great name) jazz-style drumming was a perfect flow for Hendrix's guitar and Noel Redding's bass playing. I also love the British cover than the American one. To me, it is such an iconic image.
luckybaer

luckybaer

March 10, 2020
referencing Are You Experienced , LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, 88843059851

Nothing much to say here that hasn't already been said. This is an outstanding pressing! I was holding out for the SACD release, but it ended up being delayed, so I took the plunge with this LP. I'm thrilled with how good it sounds. Although I have Axis: Bold As Love on SACD, I'm tempted to snag it on vinyl if the production and pressing sound as good as this! I've got Electric Ladyland, and it is an aweome release, too.