Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl11
  • GB1967-05-12
Track Record612 001
Are You Experienced (stereo)The Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl11
  • US1967-08-23
Reprise RecordsRS 6261
Are You Experienced (mono)The Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl11
  • US1967-08-23
Reprise RecordsR 6261
Are You Experienced (mono)The Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl11
Barclay820 143[none]
Are You Experienced?The Jimi Hendrix Experience8-Track Cartridge11
  • -1967
Reprise Records8RM-6261
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl11
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)2459 390
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD11
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)825 416-2042282541628
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD11
  • JP1986-11-01
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)P33P 500364988005009050
Are You Experienced (without NoNoise)The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD11
Reprise Records6261-2075992743822
Are You Experienced?The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD11
Reprise RecordsCD 626107599274382
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD11
Reprise Records6261-207599274382
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD11
  • JP1989-11-01
Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!)P20P 220014988005056283
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD11
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)847 234-2042284723428
Are You Experienced?The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
  • US1993-09-28
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCAD-10893008811089320
Are You Experienced?The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
MCA Records Canada (1970–1995)MCASD 10893008811089320
Are You Experienced?The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)521 036-2731452103628
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions), MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)D 125457, MCAD-10893[none]
Are You Experienced?The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCAD-10893008811089320
Are You Experienced?The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
  • US1997-04-22
Experience HendrixMCAD-11602008811160227
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×12" Vinyl11 + 6
  • US1997-04-28
Experience HendrixMCA2-11608008811160814
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
  • JP1997-07-24
MVCE-240274988067029171
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
Experience Hendrix, MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCAD-116080008811160821
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
Experience HendrixMCASD 11602008811160227
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)111 608-2, MCD 11608008811160821
Are You Experienced (Disctronics S)The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990), Experience HendrixMCD 11608008811160821
Are You Experienced (Reissue)The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceSHM-CD17
  • JP2008-01-23
Experience HendrixUICY-907574988005502001
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
  • JP2009-06-24
Experience HendrixUICY-913864988005502001
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceDigital Media17
  • XW2010-01-01
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)0884977413885
Are You Experienced (made in Argentina)The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD + DVD-Video17 + 1
  • AR2010-03-08
Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A. (post-2008)8869 763179-2886976317928
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
  • US2010-03-09
Experience Hendrix88697 62162 2886976216221
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl11
  • US2010-03-09
Experience Hendrix88697 62395 1886976239510
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD + DVD-Video17 + 1
  • XE2010-03-10
Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment)88697631792886976317928
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD + DVD-Video17 + 4
  • JP2010-03-10
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 2636~74547366052831
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×12" Vinyl11 + 6
  • XE2010-04-19
Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Music on Vinyl (imprint of Music on Vinyl B.V. Do not use for manufacturing/distribution relationships!)88697650661, MOVLP0770886976506612
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Experience Hendrix, Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment)88697648252886976482527
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
Experience Hendrix88765455842887654558428
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD17
  • GB2012-02-06
  • FR2012-02-20
  • XE2012
Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment)88691938902886919389029
Are You Experienced (mono)The Jimi Hendrix Experience12" Vinyl11
  • US2013-03-05
Experience Hendrix88765441751887654417510
Are You Experienced (Limited Edition)The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceBlu-spec CD11
  • JP2013-05-12
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP-300014547366186819
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer)11 + 22
  • US2020-10-29
Analogue ProductionsCAPP 19782 SA190758197821
Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceDigital Media17Geffen Records[none]
Are You Experienced (made in Japan)The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceCD11Reprise Records6261-2075992743822
Bootleg
Are You Experienced And MoreThe Jimi Hendrix Experience2×CD11 + 24
  • GB2004-12-07
Purple Haze RecordsHAZE005835810003367
Are You Experienced? - The UK Mono Version (2013 Prof. Stoned Remaster)The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceDigital Media19
  • -2013
[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Purple Haze / Foxy Lady
included in:Jimi Hendrix by Jimi Hendrix
Mono Masters
The Experience Collection by Jimi Hendrix
part of:Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 3) (order: 3)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 15) (order: 15)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 15) (order: 15)
Q Magazine: 20 Loudest Albums of All Time (number: 17) (order: 18)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 30) (order: 30)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 30) (order: 30)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/24497 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/c3gb [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_jimi_hendrix_experience/are_you_experienced/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000537390 [info]
Wikidata:Q640397 [info]

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It's hard to imagine an album like Are You Experienced? getting made these days. Even harder to imagine is a major label picking up this expansive combination of pop, rock, soul, jazz, funk and stoned experimentation. The marketing people would have a fit trying to figure out how to sell it to the kids as they A&Red; the life out of it.

When recording on this album began in 1966 (finishing in 1967) there were only a handful of people tinkering with the format of the three minute song. Hendrix's arrival on the scene (the archetypal stranger in a strange land scenario) upped the ante and didn't so much nudge things along as give them an almighty shove after which rock music would never be the same. Even ignoring the likes of "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze" (as singles they were not included on the original album) tracks as "Fire" stretch out the baton that bands such as Deep Purple would so willingly grasp. Similarly, the faintly ludicrous cock-rock antics of "Foxy Lady" graphically joined the dots on the whole sex and music shebang in a way that a nation weaned on Hank Marvin heroics could barely guess at.

Whilst some of the licks shot-blasted across the disc ape the twangy pop tones of the day, his solo on "Manic Depression" sounds like its being beamed in from another dimension altogether. "Red House" remains a dazzling blues exhibition that rightly made the jaws of London's musical elite drop. It's a sobering thought that when this originally came out in May 1967, the only other serious contender for the crown of guitar godhood, Cream's Disraeli Gears, was still six months from being released.

The psychedelic flummeries added to an already rich recipe (the title track and "Third Stone From The Sun") occasionally results in a kind of multi-coloured indigestion. Whilst such embroidery indelibly watermarks the album, it rarely detracts from the stand-out, casual brilliance that is so abundant. This is the sound of the future arriving; tacky, awkward, inspirational, exciting, perplexing and sometimes contradictory for sure, but the future nonetheless.