Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced - 1967 Psych Rock - Bernie Grundman Analogue Audiophile - Sealed 200 Grm LP Box Set
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced
Label: Analogue Productions – UHQR 0005, Analogue Productions – AUHQR 0005, Legacy – 19075812421, Sony Music Commercial Music Group – 19075812421, Experience Hendrix – 19075812421
Series: UHQR by Analogue Productions
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 200g, Clarity Vinyl
Box Set, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Numbered
Limited to 20,000 copies
Mastered from the original tapes and cut to lacquer by Bernie Grundman
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using Clarity Vinyl®
All runout strings are etched apart from 'QRP' which is stamped.Barcode (Sticker, text): 7 53088 00053 9
Released: Mar 30, 2022
Style: Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock
A1 Purple Haze 2:50
A2 Manic Depression 3:42
A3 Hey Joe 3:30
A4 Love Or Confusion 3:12
A5 May This Be Love 3:10
A6 I Don't Live Today 3:54
B1 The Wind Cries Mary 3:20
B2 Fire 2:43
B3 3rd Stone From The Sun 6:44
B4 Foxey Lady 3:18B5 Are You Experienced? 4:14
(AnalogPlanet) "The Who’s managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp had originally envisioned the Track label for their group but at the end of 1966 former Animal Chas Chandler blown away by Jimi Hendrix’s performance at New York’s Café Wha? brought him to the U.K. and his need for a record label came first.
Eddie Kramer, who’d been involved in the original recordings, remixed and re-imagined the tracks for a “stereo” release. Since these were 4 track recordings the results were not really “stereo” but the panned presentation was perfect for the material and compared to the staid original the music jumped from the grooves, flashing like a neon sign across the soundstage, though the extreme compression applied to both make it "pop" more than the staid U.K. original and to keep the stylus from jumping from the grooves produced a flat but loud perspective. Nonetheless the American version sounded as wild and correct as the British one sounded dead in the water dull.
"Sonically they can’t touch this new Bernie Grundman mastering using the original tapes and pressed UHQR flat profile on 200g Clarity vinyl at QRP. I compared this new version to the original and to all of the other Experience Hendrix reissues and Bernie’s got them all beat in terms of dynamics, three-dimensionality and especially transparency—a quality I never thought to assign this recording, but one listen will convince you that it’s there. I've been playing this record in one version or another since August of 1967 and I knew there was a "mouth pop" on "Purple Haze" but nonetheless when it came I jumped, and adrenaline flowed so present and 3 dimensional was the "pop." This is one of the classic albums from the rock era and it’s never sounded this good. This version will most likely never be bettered.Packaging is the UHQR slipcase box modeled after the original RCA Soria classical record series"
Text from the record jacket:If this record were to have great song after another on it would get five stars. It doesn't though. The "original" singles, the songs that sparked his success, are the songs that lack. Sure, Fire and Purple Haze have pleasing riffs but they lack depth. Even Foxey Lady gets boring after repeated listens. It is instead the songs like the fantastic cover of Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Manic Depression, and Thrid Stone From The Sun that shine through and through.
"Be forewarned. Used to be an Experience meant making you a bit older. This one makes you wider. With the assistance of Mitch Mitchell (on drums) and Noel Redding (on guitar), Jim Hendrix breaks the world into interesting fragments. Then reassembles it. You hear with new ears, after being Experienced. Those who've only seen him perform only know part of This Experience. They rave about a young man who plays a guitar in more positions than anybody before him. Now, this debut album will put the heads of Hendrix' listeners into some novel positions. Be forewarned."
With Hendrix's debut I feel like I am listening to a focused artist who has at least a couple albums under his belt. I must feel this way because it has gotten so much critical acclaim since its release. When I think of debuts, I think of albums that seem before their time and in turn lack the stand-out tracks that spawn commercial success. This album however, though it does contain those necessary album tracks that I would expect to see on a debut, it also has many hit singles on it. Though hits mean success, the hits are also what more quickly fade away in terms of charm and listenability. That said, this album is certainly an eye opener but not for the reasons I would normally expect.
It opens my eyes because of the guitar playing mainly. It is a guitarist's pop record. It many times opens my eyes for its brilliant song writing too. This the real reason I love the record. Hendrix was best at writing songs in my opinion. His first two records never captures his brilliance as a guitarist. They were/are good because of the great songs.
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