Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Are You Experienced 12" Vinyl 11 Track Record 612 001
Are You Experienced (mono) 12" Vinyl 11 Reprise Records R 6261
Are You Experienced (stereo) 12" Vinyl 11 Reprise Records RS 6261
Are You Experienced 12" Vinyl 11 Barclay 820 143
Are You Experienced? Cartridge 11 Reprise Records 8RM-6261
Are You Experienced 12" Vinyl 11 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 2459 390
Are You Experienced CD 11 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 825 416-2 042282541628
Are You Experienced? CD 11 Reprise Records CD 6261 07599274382
Are You Experienced CD 11 Reprise Records 6261-2 07599274382
Are You Experienced CD 11 Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!) P20P 22001 4988005056283
Are You Experienced CD 11 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 847 234-2 042284723428
Are You Experienced? CD 17 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-10893 008811089320
Are You Experienced? CD 17 MCA Records Canada (1970–1995) MCASD 10893 008811089320
Are You Experienced? CD 17 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 521 036-2 731452103628
Are You Experienced CD 17 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) D 125457, MCAD-10893 [none]
Are You Experienced? CD 17 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-10893 008811089320
Are You Experienced? CD 17 Experience Hendrix MCAD-11602 008811160227
Are You Experienced 2×12" Vinyl 11 + 6 Experience Hendrix MCA2-11608 008811160814
Are You Experienced CD 17 MVCE-24027 4988067029171
Are You Experienced CD 17 Experience Hendrix, MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-11608 0008811160821
Are You Experienced CD 17 Experience Hendrix MCASD 11602 008811160227
Are You Experienced CD 17 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) 111 608-2, MCD 11608 008811160821
Are You Experienced SHM-CD 17 Experience Hendrix UICY-90757 4988005502001
Are You Experienced CD 17 Experience Hendrix UICY-91386 4988005502001
Are You Experienced CD 17 Experience Hendrix 88697 62162 2 886976216221
Are You Experienced 12" Vinyl 11 Experience Hendrix 88697 62395 1 886976239510
Are You Experienced CD 17 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP-2636 4547366052831
Are You Experienced CD 17 Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88697631792 886976317928
Are You Experienced CD 17 Experience Hendrix 88765455842 887654558428
Are You Experienced CD 17 Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88691938902 886919389029
Are You Experienced (mono) 12" Vinyl 11 Experience Hendrix 88765441751 887654417510
Are You Experienced Blu-spec CD 11 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP-30001 4547366186819
Are You Experienced Digital Media 17 Geffen Records [none]
Are You Experienced (made in Japan) CD 11 Reprise Records 6261-2 075992743822
Bootleg
Are You Experienced And More 2×CD 11 + 24 Purple Haze Records HAZE005 835810003367

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Purple Haze / Foxy Lady
part of: Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 3)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 15)
Q Magazine: 20 Loudest Albums of All Time (number: 17)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000537390 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/24497 [info]
Wikidata: Q640397 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Are You Experienced [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_jimi_hendrix_experience/are_you_experienced/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/c3gb [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.