Kategorie der abstrakten: Musik

"Daniel Hösl" <hoesldan@funtastic.net>

Jimi Hendrix, his first album

Are You Experienced

As the greatest, most influential debut album ever released, Are You Experienced is that sort of music

equivalent to the BigBang that scientists believed originated the universe. In both cases, many generations

later, the world is still trying to absorb, organize and make sense of what that initiating event spewed forth.

No other rock artist has, from the outset, violated so many rules with completely fulfilling so many espectations.

The proof is that thirty years after it first hit the turntables, Are you Experienced still sounds not only fresh but


Are You Experienced was important as album, however, for more reasons than just Jimi Hendrix´s guitar

playing. Like any great work, it succeded on several levels, most notably, by featuring great compositions,

played by a great band, and by using the past as a palette from which to create its seeming future. The

album´s moods are multiple: brooding, joyful, humorous and serious. Its musical modes include flat-out

rock´n´roll, pure blues, psychodelic extravaganzas, and within its own rules, elements of jazz and modernist

music too. It is a marvel of recording, with layers of sound nevertheless resolving into songs that could, for the

most part, be played live on stage. The singing ist great rock´n´roll, not a sweet voice, but one that learned the

lessons that Bob Dylan and the blues have to teach. And it is driven by a vision of freedom and danger, the

equal of any rock´n´roll.

R U Experienced also exploded theFreak Out!!!",

and e.g. Sgt. Peppers Band. None of these record had been able to resolve their highest ambitions within the

fundamentally context of rock´n´roll; they had sacrified speed, power and grit for brainpower. Jimi Hendrix and

company brought them back together again, and they did it from the very first note of the very first song: The

stop-time-blues-pulse of "Purple Haze". Furthermore the band sustained the frenzy through the entire album,

even on the slower placed numbers as like "Hey Joe" or "The wind cries Mary". That is one reason why it´s

fundamentally important that Eddie Kramer and John McDermott have restored the original running orders. You