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Day 211: The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

27 Sep

Purple Haze

I’ll admit it, this is the first Dad-Rock Tuesday that I’ve been excited about in quite a while.   It’s Jimi Freaking Hendrix.  Buddy used his massive thumb as a fifth finger on the frets.  How can one not get excited about this?  Sure, I’ve heard Purple Haze, Foxy Lady and a few others on this record before, but I was psyched to have 40 uninterrupted minutes of guitar genius wash over me.

Are You Experienced doesn’t disappoint.  You know an older album is good when it gets the seal of approval from Swole Ear.  Usually, I’m pretty quick to label anything made before 1995 as overrated. That would be blasphemy in the case of this record, though.

Listening to this album makes me want to learn more about the technical aspects of music.  I want to be able to describe what exactly Jimi is doing with that guitar, and why it’s sounds so cool.  Instead, we’ll have to settle for something along the lines of  “HOLY CRAP, THAT SOUNDS AWESOME.”

Believe it or not, the lyrics on this record are pretty solid as well—Jimi had more than one talent.  There’s some scary stuff going on here, as Jimi actually invites us inside of his mind quite frequently.  And I’m not referring to the never-ending debate between Purple Haze’s “kiss the sky” or “kiss this guy.”  Hey Joe, for example tells the story of a man preparing to shoot his girlfriend for cheating on him.  And then there’s Foxy Lady.  Yeah.

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