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Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle WA on November 11, 1942. Originally named Johnny Allen by his mother, his father later changed his name to James Marshall Hendrix. Many years later his manager Chas Chandler would suggest changing his name to Jimi.

Jimi started playing the guitar as a young teenager and picked up influences from Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and others. In the early to mid-60s, under the psuedonym Jimmy James, Jimi worked with the top RnB artists of the day including Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, B.B. King, Little Richard, Ike and Tina Turner, The Isley Brothers and many more. In 1965 he struck out on his own in New York City under the name Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. In 1966 Chas Chandler convinced Jimi to move to London where he hooked up with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding to form The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

This move would an unleash a torrent of creativity for Hendrix as he immersed himself in the new proto-progressive rock scene in London. No longer content to play just RnB, Jimi was encouraged to pursue his interests in jazz, folk, British flavored psychedelic rock and manipulation of pure sound. Not only was his new drummer, Mitch Mitchell, encouraging Hendrix to stretch the boundaries of rock composition and improvisation, but Hendrix's involvement as a part-time member of The Soft Machine (as bassist) lead to an ongoing musical relationship with the jazz inluenced drummer Robert Wyatt, who was also a cross-influence with Jimi as they both rewrote the book on what rock could be. Although Hendrix continued to play a good dose of American roots music in his live sets, in the recording studio he began to explore new territory.

The Experience's first album, Are You Experienced, was a blast of Brtish psychedelic pop-rock, with the emphasis on hard rock with some jazzy Canterbury type numbers as well. The next two albums would reveal a bit more of Jimi's American roots, while also expanding his progressive song writing tendencies. In early 1968, songs like 1983 and Burning the Midnight Lamp put The Experience on the forefront of rock composition and execution. Meanwhile Jimi's innovative skills as a producer and sculptor of pure sound began to take flight. As a live performance band, The Experience could not be touched as they revolutionised the world of rock with their explosive performances.

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JIMI HENDRIX top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.25 | 278 ratings
Are You Experienced
1967
3.88 | 175 ratings
Axis: Bold as Love
1967
3.91 | 234 ratings
Electric Ladyland
1968
3.25 | 36 ratings
The Cry of Love
1971
3.97 | 20 ratings
Rainbow Bridge
1971
1.95 | 2 ratings
Roots Of Hendrix
1971
3.11 | 15 ratings
War Heroes
1972
2.11 | 8 ratings
Loose Ends
1974
1.74 | 16 ratings
Crash Landing
1975
2.39 | 12 ratings
Midnight Lightning
1975
2.25 | 5 ratings
Nine to the Universe
1980
2.17 | 4 ratings
Morning Symphony Ideas
2000
3.06 | 36 ratings
Valleys Of Neptune
2010
4.29 | 15 ratings
People, Hell and Angels
2013

JIMI HENDRIX Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.07 | 5 ratings
Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (Hendrix & Otis Redding)
1970
3.79 | 74 ratings
Band Of Gypsys
1970
3.00 | 1 ratings
Experience
1971
3.21 | 10 ratings
Isle of Wight
1971
3.97 | 13 ratings
Hendrix in the West
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
More Experience
1972
3.65 | 10 ratings
The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
1982
4.16 | 13 ratings
Jimi Plays Monterey
1986
3.75 | 4 ratings
Band of Gypsys 2
1986
4.03 | 17 ratings
Live at Winterland
1987
3.17 | 3 ratings
Radio One
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live & Unreleased: The Radio Show
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Stages
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Early Years Live
1991
2.00 | 1 ratings
Bleeding Heart
1994
3.88 | 16 ratings
Woodstock
1994
4.41 | 21 ratings
BBC Sessions
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Oakland Coliseum
1998
4.54 | 21 ratings
Live at Woodstock
1999
4.02 | 16 ratings
Live at the Fillmore East
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Ottawa
2001
3.75 | 8 ratings
Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight
2002
4.08 | 5 ratings
Live At Berkeley
2003
3.00 | 2 ratings
Live At L'Olympia, Paris
2004

JIMI HENDRIX Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.78 | 21 ratings
Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock
1999
4.71 | 7 ratings
Band of Gypsys (Live At The Fillmore East)
1999
4.00 | 2 ratings
Rainbow Bridge
2000
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - DVD Video Sampler
2001
3.67 | 3 ratings
Experience
2001
3.32 | 10 ratings
Blue Wild Angel (Live at the Isle of Wight)
2002
4.67 | 3 ratings
Jimi Plays Berkeley
2003
4.23 | 7 ratings
Live At Monterey (DVD)
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Experience Hendrix
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
At Last... The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland
2009

JIMI HENDRIX Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.96 | 13 ratings
Smash Hits
1968
0.00 | 0 ratings
Electric Jimi Hendrix
1968
4.50 | 2 ratings
Soundtrack Recordings from the Film Jimi Hendrix
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Musique Originale du Film Jimi Plays Berkeley
1975
4.04 | 4 ratings
The Essential Jimi Hendrix (Vol. 1)
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Jimi Hendrix (Vol. 2)
1979
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Singles Album
1983
4.00 | 1 ratings
Kiss the Sky
1984
3.22 | 4 ratings
Cornerstones-Jimi Hendrix 1967-1970
1990
3.12 | 16 ratings
The Ultimate Experience
1992
4.03 | 30 ratings
Blues
1994
2.54 | 3 ratings
Voodoo Soup
1995
3.59 | 32 ratings
First Rays of the New Rising Sun
1997
2.43 | 9 ratings
South Saturn Delta
1997
3.21 | 11 ratings
Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
1998
4.50 | 4 ratings
Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
2001
3.05 | 3 ratings
The Baggy's Rehearsal Sessions
2002
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Singles Collection
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Jimi Hendrix
2003
4.00 | 2 ratings
West Coast Seatle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology
2010

JIMI HENDRIX Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 5 ratings
Hey Joe
1966
4.00 | 2 ratings
Hey Joe
1967
3.67 | 3 ratings
Purple Haze
1967
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Wind Cries Mary
1967
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
1967
3.96 | 5 ratings
Foxey Lady
1967
0.00 | 0 ratings
Up From the Skies
1968
4.00 | 1 ratings
All Along the Watchtower
1968
3.00 | 1 ratings
Crosstown Traffic
1968
3.00 | 1 ratings
Stone Free
1969
4.00 | 1 ratings
lzabella
1970
5.00 | 1 ratings
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
No Such Animal
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Freedom
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dolly Dagger
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gypsy Eyes EP
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gloria
1979
3.00 | 1 ratings
Fire
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
All Along The Watchtower
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Peel Sessions
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Day Tripper
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimi Hendrix Experience Picture Disc
1989
5.00 | 1 ratings
Crosstown Traffic
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Get DMXperienced
1999
2.91 | 2 ratings
Merry Christmas And Happy New Year
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Valleys of Neptune
2010

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 Radio One by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Live, 1988
3.17 | 3 ratings

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Radio One
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

3 stars I like Hendrix, indeed, I like him a lot, especially his live releases of which I have quite a few in my collection. Some may be more legit than others and to find out, I decided to peruse PA's Discography of Jimi's works.

I've noticed that this album had a single rating and of 5 stars. Left somewhat puzzled as I purchased this CD on release over 20 years ago, but for some reason I've let it go then. Why? Probably it didn't appeal that much in comparison with more cherished performances. Anyway, I was able to listen to these tunes again - if only for the sake of retiring that puzzle.

The record company Rycodisc were known to having re-released numerous works by Frank Zappa, including the uncut version of "Hot Rats", something that didn't fit the original LP format. Ryko have also published some "riskey" and questionable works on the side till they went out of business. This piece sits somewhere in the middle, kinda scraping the bottom of the Hendrix barrel.

The title "Radio One" refers to a live in studio broadcast by the BBC, probably around 1968. The songs are pretty compact versions of early Hendrix hits. No sign of stretching out no Band of Gypsys here. One may wonder if the band were asked to keep things radio friendly?

Some tracks were sung by other than Jimi - for better or worse. You can be the judge. The CD would suit collectors more than people with a library of Hendrix's early works. It's not a bad performance at all, only superficial when compared with other releases.

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 Are You Experienced by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.25 | 278 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy

5 stars Most of the time in music history progressions are made by tiny increments of experimentation where an artist tries something new and it is incorporated into the works of others and so forth and so on but the 1960s were one of those decades that was a musical equivalent of the big bang of ideas and innovation and JIMI HENDRIX and his EXPERIENCE were one of the innovators of this musical explosion with a totally new sound, style and approach on the musical landscape.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? was an immediate and outstanding success. Only a year before Jimi was struggling to survive covering R&B songs as a back-up guitarist but as his latent talent was gestating he managed to capture the attention of Keith Richards' girlfriend who ultimately introduced him to Chas Chandler (of the Animals) who catapulted him from rags to rock'n'roll riches in a very short time.

This album took the world by storm. Jimi perfected the feedback guitar sound that the psychedelic world only hinted at and delivered a burst of energy to the whole musical industry that single-handedly inspired the whole world we know today. He was the prototype for heavy metal as well as blues rock, psychedelic music and outlandish stage antics such as his famous burning his guitar on stage or playing with his teeth. Mr Hendrix literally dropped the equivalent of a musical bomb on the world which reverberates into the present world. Although it took me a while to appreciate the album as a whole (I always liked a few cuts) I now can't imagine how the world of rock music would be the same if Jimi hadn't contributed his signature sound to it and this album has grown on me. The varied influences ranging from soul, blues and total freakouts conspire to make one of the most influential releases in the entire history of music.

This is another one of those albums where the UK and US versions differed substantially. The UK version had the rather uninspiring black backdrop with the members posed while the much better US version had the Summer-Of-Love psychedelic cover. The track listings were different as well. For some strange reason the most familiar songs "Purple Haze," "Manic Depression" and "Hey Joe" were left off the UK version despite being huge hit singles there.

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 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
2.91 | 2 ratings

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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by KingCrInuYasha

3 stars In December 1969, Jimi Hendrix went into the studio with the recently formed Band Of Gypsys, which featured him, Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums, to rehearse for some upcoming concerts at the Filmore East (which would be documented on Band Of Gypsies and Live At The Filmore East). One of the songs recorded was an instrumental Christmas/New Year's medley, set to a march, consisting of "The Little Drummer Boy", "Silent Night", and "Auld Lang Syne" (with a snippet of "Taps" thrown in the middle), churned out with a similar flavor that Hendrix gave "The Star Spangled Banner", albeit without the nightmarish aura surrounding that cover. It's certainly nice, but not something I would consider essential. If, however, you manage to get a copy of the 2010 edition of the single, you are treated with the full version of the medley, which makes the short version completely superfluous. Right after the part where the short version ends, the band begins to cook and starts jamming; compete with the usual trademark solos from Hendrix, some good bass work from Cox and lovely background vocals from Miles (which are sadly buried in the mixed), sending the piece into the stratosphere as the ball drops to ring in the new year. The medley is not as mind blowing as the rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" Hendrix unleashed at Woodstock four months earlier, but it's quite lovely nonetheless and bound to give you those warm, fuzzy feelings you usually get at Christmas time.

For the B-side, there's "Three Little Bears", a tropical flavored number from the Electric Ladyland sessions (with Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell on rhythm this time) which was originally released on the War Heroes LP. It's... one of the weirder numbers to come out of the vaults. I honestly have no idea what on earth Hendrix was trying to accomplish with the nursery rhymish lyrics, which, at one point, he even comments on the absurdity of them. At least the music is quite nice, even though one gets the feeling that Hendrix would not have even considered releasing this.

My only complaint is that this is another one of those "Why did they release this as a single" moments. IMO, the extended suite and "Three Little Bears" could have easily fit on the South Saturn Delta compilation. As it is, both songs are enjoyable romps that will please longtime fans.

Oh, and the picture of an Axis era Jimi in a Santa suit is a hoot.

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 Smash Hits by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1968
3.96 | 13 ratings

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Smash Hits
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars I listened to the British version of this album which was the one that was released in my country in 1968. It is a good compilation of songs by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, some of them being B-sides of singles, some of them being A-Sides of singles, and some songs which were taken from their albums. Even if by 1968 this was a premature compilation album, I think that it is a very representative compilation of their music because it has some of their best known tracks: "Purple Haze", "Fire", "Hey Joe", "Foxy Lady", "Stone Free" and "The Wind Cries Mary". This last song is a very good Blues song with a very good lead guitar part and it is one of my favourites from their songs, showing Jimi Hendrix as a very original and innovative guitar player who was ahead of his time. Among the not very known tracks is "51st Anniversary", which I think it was released as a B-side of a single. Despite the fact that the three members of this band are now dead, this album still has some of the best music they recorded together.

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 Electric Ladyland by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.91 | 234 ratings

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Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by VOTOMS

1 stars I think Jimi Hendrix hair was far better than his overrated Electric Ladyland. The provoking original album art (nudity included), the skills to improvise amazing guitar solos, the effects (I think you know that Hendrix was the father of guitar effects)... Most of you may say Hey, the hallucinogens expanded Hendrix mind to write this beautiful album! but I'll say you are totally wrong, in my honest opinion. This guy had everything to write a masterpiece of the psychedelic music, but even with the guitar in hands, I think he was caring more of the pot in his mouth. The drugs are not what makes a badass songwriter. Barret made a masterpiece writing Floyd's debut, but Hendrix even being the pioneer of a series of guitar things, his songs are nothing but a disappointment in most cases. The enjoyment of this album is 1/5 for me. The previous Hendrix works are very relevant for the music industry, to the rock musicians and overall guitarists, with some cool songs, but not great as a whole album, just average. But this one have no fun, really. That lenghty Voodoo Chile, the first time I heard it I think It was a joke or what? Why so hype? And finally the most overrated song, Voodoo Child, it's the perfect cliche. In terms of experiments and effects, you will find some interesting stuff like Burning of The Midnight Lamp (of course this is a highlight of the album, maybe the best song here), but unfortunattely, it doesn't help the album at all. Don't be fooled by the noisy opening track ( ...And the Gods Made Love), the Electric Ladyland will run and it will be a normal based blues, but... experienced. I personnaly hate this record. Even being the worst Hendrix album of the real trilogy (Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland), it's better than a lot of lame blues singers doing the pentatonic scale without even try something catchy or a different chord sequence. You should try this album because of his history, and listening to Hendrix and thinking of his strenght and intelligence for his decade, creating and innovating the current way of guitar playing is a good experience, but the songs are not catchy here, and is rather try this album at the internet or digital media before buying a copy, really. You should like it, as many fans, but if you still aren't into The Jimi Hendrix Experience and didn't heard of the Electric Ladyland before, I'm warning you to don't spend your money with this one so hastily, it's a poor album if you are looking for new albums using the Prog Archives. I will reccomend you Spirit's Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, a psychedelic/proto-prog album featuring Randy California (who played with Hendrix with The Blue Flame). By the way I already wrote a review for that album, and I think with this Spirit's masterpiece (and maybe the only good album from them), the Hendrix partner Randy California did everything that Hendrix didn't talking about catchy tunes into psychedelic/proggy rock/blues.

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 Electric Ladyland by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.91 | 234 ratings

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Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

3 stars I completely understand self-indulgence in music, after all we're in a Progressive Rock website and that happens VERY often round here. But in this case, is really sad!

Jimi Hendrix was a great artist, a revolutionary and a guitar hero. But that's not all, he had a touch for writting good songs and his first two albums prooves that.

The problem with Electric Ladyland (1968) is that he went too far with experiments. Many of them completely nonsense. If the album had been released as a simple album, not double, it would have been his masterwork, his best album. But, the way it is, as a double album it becomes boring around the middle.

Program your stereo to: 'Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)', 'Crosstown Traffic', 'Burning of the Midnight Lamp', 'Rainy Day, Dream Away', 'All Along the Watchtower' and 'Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)' and you'll be fine!

And, not, this cover here in Progarchives IS NOT the original, can be the one approved, but it's not the original.

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 Axis: Bold as Love by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.88 | 175 ratings

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Axis: Bold as Love
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by admireArt

5 stars If Jimi Hendrix outlined his scopes in his first effort; here he deepens and broadens them into this "Axis Bold as Love" second album project ; of a short "authorized" studio discography of 3 . He had the certainty that the future for his music (and music in general) was the route of "funk" (which after all; in those days was the best representation of the "black" culture; which of course was a symptom of the "times" 1968; the year of the students movement uprising world-wide)... Well enough history for today. Thanks to every deity that appears on the fantastic "art-cover"; this just happens twice (funk oriented songs). The rest is Hendrix following his intuition and natural genuine talent for both composition and lyrics. It is a perfect collection of "small-wonders" and "gems". It is quiet impossible; in my opinion to skip this (or any of his 3) albums; if you want to testify the origins of a lot of "copied by 1000s and matched by few guitar-tricks; that made; even the "guitar-Gods" sigh when exposed. This is just for you!.. Here the "Experience" searches further in the tenor of "3th Stone from the Sun" composition from the first record, BUT here every route is taken; experimental founded songs, transfixed with great vision and clear song-writing. With humour when required and sharp wits if the case. The music goes from ethereal guitar compositions to Prog-Rock foundations; from the guy who painted the lines and established the dots of this foundations; so it is quiet a thrill! ...If complex guitar structures achieved with sheer talent; surrounded by a not less talented rhythm section (Mitch Mitchell is my all time favorite drummer), this could be something you should not let pass by.*****5 "Blow my Mind" PA stars.

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 Electric Ladyland by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.91 | 234 ratings

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Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars In his 4/.6 legimate studio/live albums before 1969 (the year he took off; literally) Jimi Hendrix went his own way. He already was a well known talented young (very young) studio/guitarist at the time. Not unobserved in the scenes he moved through to pay the bill for whatever needed to be paid. (Well known to have pawned his guitar; more than once). This free-spirited natural born talented guitarist and composer; underline composer; saw no limits to the "Hippie Dream" or more politically correct nowadays; "Psychedelic" good life. As "far-out" as the character sounds; he was a natural musical genius; born in a lower-USA; economical class. The "wolves" knew it; and Hendrix himself could not care less about the whole thing; as long as he could pay the bills. Lets say he operated on an out of this world material frequency. So if a HUGE ammount of freedom and space is what he needs; that is what he gets! To make money you have to invest money. And that is what Jimi needed (the freedom; not the money; try to see it his way!) to get close to that always haunting progression of melodies, rhythms and sounds he never stopped imagining and chasing all thru his short life span. This huge freedom "given"; also meant the only Hendrix studio album professionally produced and engineered by Hendrix himself. TWO studios London/New York; all to his entire disposition. So Jimi flew off like never before even to his own infinite standards, . Lets´s say he transcended his own " industry Impossed format" (because yes; lots of "people" realized that they have found a "Goldmine" ( still is now) in the hands of this careless "Biz"; "money-unwise" artist) . But this free-spirited musician really had a very concrete idea of where he was heading and where wanted to go "music-wise". So in a tragic short discography; this is the closer he gets to the average understanding concept of progressive rock (not-funk; thank the gods!) . A virtous guitarist/composer who will haunt every guitar player of the world; forever and ever; in the most experimental, Avant/Garde Electronic Psychedelic Rock experience "America" and the world had never witnessed; up to that time. It still marvels; and yes! impossible to match. Additionally he is the guy who made the second best version known of the original composed Bob Dylans´s "All Along the Watchtower" So for newcomers this is like early "Ash Ra Tempel". USA made in 1968.- Full 4 Stars!......So why not 5; I meausure Hendrix with Hendrix; nothing else comes close.

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 Are You Experienced by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.25 | 278 ratings

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Are You Experienced
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by admireArt

5 stars What can I say, an apex stone in my musical journey, this first Experience project is like the "working/class hero" project, as opposed to musical school trained musicians projects. Hendrix's proto- Prog approach was more personal, than studied. He, a master of his instrument, was looking beyond musical fads. He was obsessed in finding his own musical language, he explored whatever came close to his goal. BUT, the guy was not only a natural born-performer, he after years of chasing the dough, by playing as support musician (as Jimmy Page did), knew from the start that the magic of music, was actually in the musical-composition writing. Upbrought in the USA blues scene, he swam against the current (everybody was doing the opposite), he saw the Blues as an element, not the whole. So the brushes with Prog are authentic and not sought, faked nor intended. Taking into account that at the moment of release (1967), no one was taking the electric guitar sound to such a vast, musical and not musical distance. And by doing so, he abused his virtuous performances with passion and fury as with tender love, but ALSO his in original skill of song-writing, to match everything into a single effort.

Not corrupted by school-training, he found his muses wherever they showed. Free of this "school-musician" baggage, his musical aspirations were un-polluted. The authenticity in composition, far away from the style of the bands he supported, was due to many fortunate circumstances and also because of his sheer natural-born talent. Therefore, he by chance and timing, came up with some true-progger songs. Creating from scratch, he arrived to some, by then, completely un-known and un-explored, musical discoveries, which in future time will be named Progressive electronic- Rock (Third Stone From the Sun), or the more Avant Garde ( Are You Experienced?). So this is Proto-Prog. Don't expect anything else and you will get everything, in this awesome, time-less, musical experience.

*****5 PA stars- For what it represents, for its daring song-writing and of course, for a perfect 3 piece unit, that works as clockwork (Mitch Mitchell is my favorite all-time drummer).

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 People, Hell and Angels by HENDRIX, JIMI album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.29 | 15 ratings

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People, Hell and Angels
Jimi Hendrix Proto-Prog

Review by BORA

5 stars Ah, just so intimately Hendrix!

If you thought - like myself - that you've already heard just about every note Jimi has ever played, then brace yourself for a pleasant surprise here. All the tracks sound familiar, yet very different to the "originals". Indeed, some here are the never before released originals and not one bit inferior to known versions.

This is not a compilation of boring outtakes, or underdeveloped tunes, but rather serious music that back in 1969 would have had limited chance to score on the "ah so important" Pop charts.

After 44 years, most of the tracks sound as relevant and almost fresh as they would have back then. A couple of inclusions here like "Mojo Man" with a horn section would have better been left out, but generally the selection is excellent.

A footnote. Contrary to the details provided on PA, this is not a sole Jimi Hendrix Experience line-up, but features numerous other musicians, incl. Billy Cox and Buddy Miles amongst others on different tracks. Surprisingly, the album has a natural flow and doesn't at all appear to be just songs heaped together.

More please! (And try to come up with a better title as this one is rather poor.)

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