The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced


5.0
classic

Review

by Woodstock USER (4 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 133 replies


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist


#15 on Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums of All Time

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This album is a living legend. It is the debut album of what we know as one of the greatest guitarist ever and his amazing band. This record is an ear orgasm in a case with hit song after hit song. If Jimi Hendrix died with just this record under his belt, he would be just as famous as he is today. But no, he created two more masterpieces, Electric Ladyland and Axis: Bold As Love. So enjoy what he has made, and do not mourn the short limit of his work.

Purple Haze: 5/5
One the most famous songs ever. A brilliant riff followed by an energetic verse
to a spectacular chorus. Not to mention his mind-bending solo and some of the most creative lyrics I have ever heard. This song is amazing to the first and last second.

Manic Depression: 5/5
A stop-start riff showcases the bands timing. This is one of Jimi's best vocal performances to date, filled with emotion and soul. Mitch Mitchell's drumming is also showcased with amazing interludes and solos.

Hey Joe: 5/5
I will bet that almost everyone on this website has heard this song even if you hate Jimi Hendrix. An amazing intro brings in this emotional song about a girl named Joe who shoots her mother for cheating on another man. Jimi's solo adds so much to this song along with the eigth note stop-start bass line toward the end of the song.

Love or Confusion: 5/5
A very catchy guitar rythm interests you in this song immediately. An echo like singing adds to the mysterious feel of the song, too. I haven't heard this song in a while and forgot how great it is. What can I say, a very well structured piece.

May This Be Love: 4/5
Here Jimi demonstrates his slower side, which almost seems as powerful as his heaviest song. Filled with emotion, Jimi plays breathtakingly perfect with every note. As usual...

I Don't Live Today: 5/5
An exciting drum solo introduces this heavier song about life and living. An odd but addicting guitar riff keeps the song together. A very good example of a head banging song :thumb:

The Wind Cries Mary: 5/5
One of the softest of all the Experiences songs, this is one of favorite songs ever. Brilliant lyrics tell you Jimi could have been an amazing poet and his guitar solos and breaks are indescribable. All that you ever wanted to hear in music is in this song and more.

Fire: 5/5
One of Jimi's catchiest tunes shows what an underrated drummer Mitch Mitchell is. His control of the snare is amazing, one in a million. Noel Redding is surely notable in this song during the solos and verses playing a great bassline that keeps the song moving.

Third Stone From the Sun: 5/5
This song almost opens up to a swingy, jazz like mood until it mellows out into perfect soloing and effects. It switches tempos throughout the song and even though there are no lyrics, just a great riff, you want to listen to this song the whole way through.

Foxey Lady: 5/5
Perfect intro into this song and the verse and chorus are excellent examples of rock and roll. All this leads to a perfect solo that's pure originality and fun to listen to.

Are You Experienced: 5/5
A backwards tape solo opens this great ending to an album. It's an odd sounding song but thats whats makes a good song to me. Plus, the lyrics are great and the backwards guitar solo adds to the whole feel of the song.
Perfect ending.

Now I love Axis and Ladyland, but this album, in my opinion, is better than both, if speaking like a person who has never heard anything by The Experience before. Perfect order of tracks, almost every song is great to listen too, and absolutely no weak spots. This record is a gem among all music.

Final Rating: 5/5

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40 oz 2 freedom
August 22nd 2004


96 Comments


Pretty good review. I love this album, it was one of the first I owned and I still love it.

Iai
Emeritus
August 22nd 2004


3553 Comments


I can't believe this hadn't been reviewed already.

I've always found Hendrix albums a letdown, simply because he can't hold my attention for more than 4 songs. Nice review though.

ScorpSath
August 22nd 2004


23 Comments


good review.

Well_Respected_Man
August 22nd 2004


75 Comments


[QUOTE=Iai]I can't believe this hadn't been reviewed already.

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Me too, I was actually thinking of doing Axis later.

Good simple reveiw, this is one of first older albums I got into when I was young. Very good album.

HendrixSantana
August 22nd 2004


10 Comments


Greeeat album. Greeeat review.

RiceMonster
August 22nd 2004


62 Comments


Great Review, :thumb: I was contemplaiting picking this album, but after reading your review and how almost all the songs are amazing, I think I'll pick reall soon. Out what I've heard, Foxy Lady is my favourite.

themightyquinn23
August 23rd 2004


54 Comments


Good review, although I don't think this is better than Electric Ladyland.

Pao Ferro
August 23rd 2004


15 Comments


It seems so strange, but those songs really are 5/5 songs.

One of the most incredible albums ever.

theclash91
August 23rd 2004


12 Comments


a great album

purple haze and hey joe are instant classics
nice review

mexicanfloydian
August 23rd 2004


165 Comments


I can't believe this wasn't done before.

grungeguitarist
August 24th 2004


5 Comments


Nice review man :thumb:.

AssJackk
August 27th 2004


4 Comments


5/5

agtpunk
August 27th 2004


1 Comments


isn't there more songs on that cd? like red house remember and can you see me?

Pao Ferro
August 27th 2004


15 Comments


[QUOTE=agtpunk]isn't there more songs on that cd? like red house remember and can you see me?[/QUOTE]

I think (don't quote me), that they're off Electric Ladyland. I can't remember them being off Axis:Bold As Love.

I haven't listened to my Hendrix CD's in ages.

Creedence Clearwater
August 27th 2004


11 Comments


Wind Cries Mary is a great song.

Woodstock
August 27th 2004


154 Comments


There are more songs on the new CD release, but I have the original CD release.

Woodstock
September 2nd 2004


154 Comments


Come On people....this is Hendrix.

cutmyhair
September 2nd 2004


2 Comments


freakin amazing album
my favorite of all the jimi hendrix experiences

BludgeonySteve
September 2nd 2004


558 Comments


This is my second favorite hendrix album. May This Be Love is a 5/5.

mullet_monster
September 2nd 2004


2 Comments


I may be wrong be I always thought Hey Joe, is about a friend of Jimi's finding his wife cheating on him so he shoots her, and goes to mexico.



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