The Mock Turtles ‎– Are You Experienced?

Imaginary Records ‎– Mirage 019
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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This 12" was available also in limited numbers with the plain sleeve signed by the band members.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): MIRAGE 019 A¹  MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): MIRAGE 019 B¹  MPO



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April 8, 2018
edited 4 months ago

For the most part, cover versions of songs seem to have always let me down when it comes to truly emancipating and embracing a number, and yes, I can appreciate that a band is paying homage to a song or artist that has inspired them, yet to do so with any integrity, one must come to own that song for as long as the song lasts, and not simply divine someone else's material.

To that end The Mock Turtles have covered the Jimi Hendrix track "Are You Experienced" exceptionally well, even releasing an extended version on the flip side, where both walk close enough to the original to let listeners know that it's a cover, yet in the same breath are unhampered by that original enough to allow listeners to delight in what they're hearing, coming off without sounding derivative or shameful.

I fear that in describing this adventure that I'll manage to make the number seem less good, nevertheless, what The Mock Turtles lay down is entirely their own, delivered in their style, romantically sound, a bit smoother, sonically lush, intoxicatingly simmered, and floats with a bit more ease and grace than that originally brought to life by Hendrix, but a sincere effort nonetheless, one that has stood the test of time (released in 1990), and will no doubt be an inspiration to others ... where we'll be given the chance to hear a cover of the cover version, as the 1967 outing slips so far back in time that those not fifty years old may never have seen the notes and heard the colours that blossomed that summer and shimmered my world.

Socially, the Hendrix version laced itself around aspects of liberation brought forward in the 60's by the use of LSD, while The Mock Turtles step into another form of liberation in the 90's with the use of the drug MDMA, hence the song's ability to sonically embrace listeners, wrapping them in warm blankets of inward visions and comfort, rather that the sonic assault and the breaking down of walls that was required of Jimi Hendrix.  

So please, if your mind travels those psychedelic wayward highways, don't miss the chance to find your way to this bit of wanderlust ... the single is quite reasonably priced on vinyl, and may also be lifted from the various artists collection "If 6 Was 9" A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

Review by Jenell Kesler