The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? Hybrid SACD
"Are You Experienced appeared in the U.K. in May of 1967, one week before Sgt. Pepper hit the charts. This U.S. version dropped four months later. The game-changing debut spawned the hits 'Purple Haze' and 'Hey Joe' and shook up the pop world. Raw and rowdy, this visionary blast of rock ecstasy, rife with fantastical lyrics and futuristic fretwork unrivaled even today, commanded respect.
The spacey 'Third Stone from the Sun' threw down the gauntlet with the declaration 'And you'll never hear surf music again.' 'Fire' delivered incendiary proto-funk. And the backward guitar solos of the title track, the innovative guitar-doubling on 'Purple Haze,' the rhythmic turmoil of 'Manic Depression,' the feedback-laced 'I Don't Live Today,' and the anti-hippie anthem 'Love or Confusion' were harbingers of hard rock.
Newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes, the much-anticipated hybrid SACD has a 36-page booklet, and both stereo and mono mixes. This gem brilliantly captures the detailed layers of Hendrix's mind-bending soundscapes.
Are You Experienced in pure DSD (or high def PCM, depending on your system)? It doesn't get any better." — Music = 5/5; Sonics = 5/5 — Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound, April 2021.
"One forgets how weird, nay bizarre, was the stereo mix of this album in places, but the music transcends the extreme separation.
This SACD — the sleeve and track listing follow the U.S. issue — includes the stereo version on both layers, with the mono mix a bonus solely for the SACD layer. Hendrix's debut still sounds radical and otherworldly over a half-century on, and every track is magnificent, with a surfeit of what would become his signature tunes, including 'Foxey Lady,' — yes, U.S. spelling with an 'e'! — 'Purple Haze,' 'Hey Joe' and my all-time Jimi fave, 'The Wind Cries Mary.'
If you don't already own a copy, Analogue Productions' SACD will do the trick." — Sound Quality = 85% - Ken Kessler, HiFi News, March 2021
"Highlights for me at HiRez sit with 'The Wind Cries Mary,' and while it may have taken a couple of plays, '3rd Stone From The Sun' is incredibly detailed in a way I never heard or experienced before ...
As per usual again with Grundman, Jimi's vocal is detailed and rich in tone and so real. Probably why I like Grundman's mastering on the Harbeth speakers so much as I know just how close to being real they reproduce vocal. If it is on the recording it will be delivered ... critical listening will always find fault especially with this recording.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? Track Listing:
1. Purple Haze
2. Manic Depression
3. Hey Joe
4. Love Or Confusion
5. May This Be Love
6. I Don’t Live Today
7. The Wind Cries Mary
9. Third Stone From The Sun
10. Foxey Lady
11. Are You Experienced?