50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Are You Experienced'
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Are You Experienced'

Jimi Hendrix's first album is one of the most exciting and important records ever made, a reconception of the electric guitar as a symphonic instrument that still sounds fresh and unprecedented. So does Hendrix's fusion of galactic imagination, intense self-examination and deep-blues roots in the raging "Manic Depression," the R&B sigh "The Wind Cries Mary" and the sexy whiplash "Foxey Lady." Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell made Experienced on the run, on rare days off the road. Hendrix wrote "Purple Haze" backstage at a London club; "Red House," a blues on the British version of the LP, was cut in 15 minutes. But Hendrix also spent several sessions building the orchestral howl of "Third Stone From the Sun," with the passionate diligence he would soon apply to his magnum opus, 1968's Electric Ladyland.

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