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ARE YOU EXPERIENCED

Jimi Hendrix

 

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Dark Nazgul
4 stars FOXYYYYY!!!...only a whisper, but the most famous in rock history

If we consider the relevance of the debut album of Jimi Hendrix Experience in music history, five stars are too few...we need a galaxy.

Nevertheless I think some songs are aged a little badly. Many years have passed since the "Flower Power Technicolor Dream", and some songs like, for example, 3rd Stone From The Sun, Love Or Confusion and I Don't Live Today are definitely too tied with those times. After many plays I also started to lose some interest in other songs, particularly in The Wind Cries Mary, Highway Chile and the famous Purple Haze.

However the charme of the album remains unchainged. Hendrix's guitar style makes a clean sweep of everything heard before, with a revolutionary use of feedback, echoes and reverberations. The soft May This be love, the amazing 9/8 hard rock waltz Manic Depression and the psychedelic Are You Experienced? are timeless masterpieces.

The hard numbers are really powerful indeed. How can we forget the guitar fury that marks Stone Free, Can You See Me and Fire? And Foxy Lady...a little thing maybe, but really enjoyable.

More classic blues derivated songs are Red House, with a great solo in the middle, and the legendary cover of Hey Joe.

In my opinion the second album "Axis: bold As Love" is better; However, this debut is essential if you are a fan of classic rock.

Highly recommended. Final rating 8/10.

Best song: Manic Depression

Dark Nazgul | 4/5 |

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