The Jimi Hendrix Experience is not something I looked forward to listening to for some reason. I think I heard one song one time and never gave them another chance. My mother never listened to his albums and I cannot remember any of my older friends even mentioning him at all. In fact, in my life I was the friend who gave mixed tapes and cds to friends to listen to new music.
Are You Experienced debuted in the USA in 1967. It was a messy year and the album is messy to me. There are the hit songs “Purple Haze” and “Foxy Lady” that are super hyper along with a few others like the intensely weird “I Don’t Live Today“.
In contrast to the hyper Hendrix is the sweeter sounding one with songs like “May This Be Love” and “The Wind Cries Mary“. I prefer this Hendrix. I am not a fan of his chaos. I think not many singers can scream and sound great.
And we get something other worldly in “Third Stone from the Sun“. This is experimental and not all critics liked it, but I really like it. I think this is creative. I like this aspect of Hendrix’s music. Something different than all The Beatles bland music that seems to be throughout the 60s.
Trivia note: There are two versions of the album: Original UK and international edition and Original North American edition. This happens more often than not. Even as recently as Shania Twain released three versions of her albums: a pop version (red disc), a country version (green disc), and an international version.
I am not sure why I never listened to this before. It has some really great songs amidst a few radio hits. He was an innovator in his short career. I think out of the two versions I prefer the original North American edition, but luckily Spotify mixes the two together as one. Hendrix is not a great singer, but he makes up for it with style and talent. 7/10.