Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced

"As the greatest, most influential debut album ever released, Are You Experienced is sort of the musical equivalent of the Big Bang that scientists believe originated the universe. In both cases, many generations later, the world is still trying to absorb, organize and make sense of what that initiating event spewed forth. No other rock artist has, from the outset, violated so many rules while completely fulfilling so many expectations. The proof is that more than forty years after it first hit our turntables, Are You Experienced still sounds not only fresh but startling. That this is true of Jimi Hendrix as a guitarist everyone knows, and it would be silly to think that the case needed to be made again, but just to summarize: Forever after the issuance of the first Hendrix album, the electric guitar was a different instrument, with different sonic possibilities, tonal characteristics, even physical properties (just for starters, Jimi immediately made it clear you could play more than just the strings and fretboard) ..." (CD notes by Dave Marsh).

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