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Are You Experienced
AreYouExperiencedUK
Recording Details
Dates October 23rd, 1966April 3rd 1967
Studio(s) De Lane Lea Studios
CBS Studios
Olympic Sound Studios
Release Details
Date(s) UK: May 12th 1967
US: August 23rd 1967
Publisher(s) UK: Track
US: Reprise
Charts UK: #2
US: #5
Miscellaneous Details
Length UK (11 tracks): 40:08
US (11 tracks): 40:37
17 tracks: 60:11
Tracks Originals: 11
Bonus tracks: 17
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For the song, see Are You Experienced?.

Are You Experienced (also known as Are You Experienced?; sometimes shortened to RUX or AYE) is the debut studio album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, released on May 12th 1967 in the United Kingdom and August 23rd 1967 in the United States. The album was produced by the band's manager, Chas Chandler, and was recorded between October 23rd 1966 and April 3rd 1967 at De Lane Lea, CBS and Olympic Sound Studios.

Two singles were released from RUX worldwide: "Hey Joe" b/w "Stone Free" (UK) and "51st Anniversary" (US), and "Purple Haze" b/w "51st Anniversary" (UK) and "The Wind Cries Mary" (US). "The Wind Cries Mary" b/w "Highway Chile" was released as a UK-only single, and "Foxy Lady" b/w "Hey Joe" was limited only to the United States. "Purple Haze" was the highest-charting single from the album, reaching #3 in the UK, though only #65 in the US.

RUX gave Hendrix his first chance to showcase his unique style, comprising feedback-ridden electric guitar riffs and solos, superb blues/rock songwriting, psychedelic sound effects and rhythm and blues-influenced vocal work, which helped to launch the band into the international spotlight, just under a year since forming.

The album contained many of what eventually became the band's best-known songs, including "Purple Haze", "Hey Joe" and "Foxy Lady", the former two of which only appeared on the North American track list (the one which Hendrix himself chose) due to record label issues. AYE also contains the band's only 'conventional' (12-bar) blues song; the mighty "Red House".

HistoryEdit

RecordingEdit

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De Lane Lea in the 1970s.

The first Experience recording sessions began on October 23rd, 1966,[1][2] less than a month after the band had formed, and the band's first recording was "Hey Joe", of which they completed two takes. On November 2nd, the band recorded all four takes of "Can You See Me", the master for "Stone Free", six unused takes of "Fire" and three unused takes of "51st Anniversary".[3] Also recorded in November was "Love or Confusion", in addition to another three attempts at "Hey Joe" on the 24th.

On December 12th, The Experience released their first single: "Hey Joe", backed with "Stone Free". This version of the single was only released in the United Kingdom, and saw release at a later date with a different B-side in the United States. Recording continued the next day, when the band made significant progress on the album with "Foxy Lady", "Red House" and "Third Stone From the Sun". This proved to be the final recording session of 1966.

Recording continued at De Lane Lea in 1967 on January 11th with the master takes of "Purple Haze", "The Wind Cries Mary" and "51st Anniversary", as well as an alternate take of "Third Stone From the Sun". The final version of "Fire" was recorded on February 3rd, and "I Don't Live Today" was completed in five takes on February 23rd. The band's second single in the UK was released on March 17th: "Purple Haze" backed with "51st Anniversary". The last recordings at De Lane Lea were on March 29th, which consisted of four alternate takes of "Red House", six takes of "Remember" and three takes of "Manic Depression".

The band then moved to a new location, also in London: Olympic Sound Studios. This was the home of the recording of their subsequent album, and the last three tracks for Are You Experienced were also finalised here: "May This Be Love", "Highway Chile" and the title track, "Are You Experienced?", were recorded on April 3rd.

Original releasesEdit

RUXphoto

An alternate photo of the original international RUX cover.

Are You Experienced was first released in the United Kingdom, on May 12th, 1967, becoming the first album to be released on newly-formed record label Track Records. The cover for the UK release featured design and photography by Bruce Fleming, depicting frontman Jimi Hendrix holding a cape over fellow band members Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding. The album reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart in May, an amazing performance for a band's debut release.

The album was not released in Hendrix's native country until August 23rd, on US-based label Reprise Records. The North American (United States and Canada) version featured new artwork designed by Karl Ferris; a psychedelic design depicting the band in very flamboyant clothing, placed inside of a circle which was surrounded by a bright yellow box with purple typography. The track listing was also changed for this release; "Red House", "Can You See Me" and "Remember" were removed and replaced by single hits "Purple Haze", "Hey Joe" and "The Wind Cries Mary". The album did not chart as high in the US as the UK, though it still reached a respectable #5.

Other 1967 releases came in Australia, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and Spain. The Australia/New Zealand release featured the same cover as the UK version, as did the Italy, Japan and Spain releases, though these featured the text "Jimi Hendrix" at the top in a variety of colours; red in Italy, yellow in Japan, green in Spain. The cover for the Chile release was a completely different photo of the band, and the original France LP had a psychedelic design featuring a picture of Hendrix alone in the centre.

Are You Experienced was released in four more countries by the end of the 1960s: the Netherlands, China, Taiwan and Yugoslavia (all 1969). The Dutch cover featured new artwork in the form of Hendrix on-stage in the middle of a guitar solo, and the World Records release (China and Taiwan) had the same artwork as the original North American release, though the background was blue instead of yellow, the text was red instead of purple, and the photo was in black and white. The album was also re-released in Australia and North America in 1968.

Posthumous releases and reissuesEdit

In 1970, the album was released in three new countries, namely Brazil, Germany (to which new artwork was given) and Mexico. The album was also reissued in the UK and Australia. AYE was then released in two more new countries in the 1970s: Greece and Norway (both 1973), as well as being re-released in France (1971 and 1973) and Japan (1977 and 1979).

ExperienceRUX1993

The original photo used for the 1993 remaster of RUX.

The next decade saw the first releases of the album on the new format of compact disc, as well as the first 17-track releases. The first CD releases appeared in Germany and the United Kingdom in 1984, both of which also featured 6 bonus tracks in addition to the original 11. 1984 also saw the album's first release in South Korea. Other CD releases appeared in North America (1987). Additional vinyl releases also appeared, namely in the UK (1987 and 1988) and Germany (1989), the latter of which featured the full 17-song tracklist. The final non-remastered release came in 1991 in Germany, and featured the full 17-strong tracklist.

RemastersEdit

Are You Experienced was first remastered in 1993 by controversial producer Alan Douglas, and this version saw release only in the two main countries: the United Kingdom and the United States. The 1993 remastered version also featured new artwork, a closeup on the three main memebers. Subsequent to this, and with the Hendrix family receiving rights to all Hendrix material, the album was remastered again and released in the United Kingdom, the United States, Argentina, and all of Europe in 1997, the latter of which released both CD and vinyl versions. Two more releases have appeared, both during the 21st Century; 17-track CDs were released in France and Japan on each country's Universal Records label.

Track listingsEdit

All songs were written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted. Titles in brackets are those that were shown on the original LPs.

International (11 tracks)Edit

CD releases with this track listing feature all tracks on one disc.

Side 1Edit

  1. "Foxy Lady" – 3:18
  2. "Manic Depression" – 3:42
  3. "Red House" – 3:50
  4. "Can You See Me" – 2:33
  5. "Love or Confusion" – 3:12
  6. "I Don't Live Today" – 3:54

Side 2Edit

  1. "May This Be Love" – 3:10
  2. "Fire" – 2:43
  3. "Third Stone From the Sun" ("3rd Stone From the Sun") – 6:44
  4. "Remember" – 2:48
  5. "Are You Experienced?" ("Are You Experienced") – 4:14

North American (11 tracks)Edit

CD releases with this track listing feature all tracks on one disc.

Side 1Edit

  1. "Purple Haze" – 2:50
  2. "Manic Depression" – 3:42
  3. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) – 3:30
  4. "Love or Confusion" – 3:12
  5. "May This Be Love" – 3:10
  6. "I Don't Live Today" – 3:54

Side 2Edit

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Side B of the original Reprise Records release.

  1. "The Wind Cries Mary" – 3:20
  2. "Fire" – 2:43
  3. "Third Stone From the Sun" – 6:44
  4. "Foxy Lady" ("Foxey Lady") – 3:18
  5. "Are You Experienced?" – 4:14

International (original 17 tracks)Edit

Double vinyl releases with this track listing featured the first six tracks on side 1, the next five on side 2, the next three on side 3 (side 1 of the second record), and the last three on side 4 (side 2 of the second record).

  1. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) – 3:30
  2. "Stone Free" – 3:36
  3. "Purple Haze" – 2:50
  4. "51st Anniversary" – 3:15
  5. "The Wind Cries Mary" – 3:20
  6. "Highway Chile" – 3:32
  7. "Foxy Lady" – 3:18
  8. "Manic Depression" – 3:42
  9. "Red House" – 3:50
  10. "Can You See Me" – 2:33
  11. "Love or Confusion" – 3:12
  12. "I Don't Live Today" – 3:54
  13. "May This Be Love" – 3:10
  14. "Fire" – 2:43
  15. "Third Stone From the Sun" – 6:44
  16. "Remember" – 2:48
  17. "Are You Experienced?" – 4:14

International (corrected 17 tracks)Edit

Double vinyl releases with this track listing featured the first six tracks on side 1, the next five on side 2, the next three on side 3 (side 1 of the second record), and the last three on side 4 (side 2 of the second record).

  1. "Foxy Lady" – 3:18
  2. "Manic Depression" – 3:42
  3. "Red House" – 3:50
  4. "Can You See Me" – 2:33
  5. "Love or Confusion" – 3:12
  6. "I Don't Live Today" – 3:54
  7. "May This Be Love" – 3:10
  8. "Fire" – 2:43
  9. "Third Stone From the Sun" – 6:44
  10. "Remember" – 2:48
  11. "Are You Experienced?" – 4:14
  12. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) – 3:30
  13. "Stone Free" – 3:36
  14. "Purple Haze" – 2:50
  15. "51st Anniversary" – 3:15
  16. "The Wind Cries Mary" – 3:20
  17. "Highway Chile" – 3:32

North American (17 tracks)Edit

The MCA double vinyl release with this track listing featured the first six tracks on side 1, the next five on side 2, the next three on side 3 (side 1 of the second record), and the last three on side 4 (side 2 of the second record).

  1. "Purple Haze" – 2:50
  2. "Manic Depression" – 3:42
  3. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) – 3:30
  4. "Love or Confusion" – 3:12
  5. "May This Be Love" – 3:10
  6. "I Don't Live Today" – 3:54
  7. "The Wind Cries Mary" – 3:20
  8. "Fire" – 2:43
  9. "Third Stone From the Sun" – 6:44
  10. "Foxey Lady" – 3:18
  11. "Are You Experienced?" – 4:14
  12. "Stone Free" – 3:36
  13. "51st Anniversary" – 3:15
  14. "Highway Chile" – 3:32
  15. "Can You See Me" – 2:33
  16. "Remember" – 2:48
  17. "Red House" – 3:50

CreditsEdit

Band membersEdit

Jimi Hendrix 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Electric guitar(s) Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Lead vocals Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Speech Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Backing vocals Tick
Handclaps Tick
Piano Tick


Noel Redding 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Bass guitar Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Backing vocals Tick Tick Tick
Speech Tick Tick


Mitch Mitchell 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Drums Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Tambourine Tick Tick Tick Tick
Backing vocals Tick
Cowbell Tick

Guest musiciansEdit

Chas Chandler Song(s)
Voice "Third Stone From the Sun"

Studio personnelEdit

Remastered versionsEdit

Release detailsEdit

Country
Date
Tracks
Format
Record label
Catalogue
number
Sources
ARG Argentina 1997 17 CD MCA MCAD-11608 [4]
AUS Australia 1967 11 12" vinyl Polydor 612001 [5]
1968 11 12" vinyl Polydor SLPHM107 [6]
1973 11 12" vinyl Polydor 2311-015 [7]
BRA Brazil 1970 11 12" vinyl Polydor LPG624.032 [8]
CAN Canada 1967 11 Cassette Columbia CRX-6261 [9]
CHI Chile 1967 11 12" vinyl Polydor 84.085 [10]
CHN China 1969 11 12" vinyl World SLW-1652 [11]
EU Europe July 7th, 1997 17 CD MCA MCD 11608 [12]
FRA France 1967 11 12" vinyl Barclay 820143 [13][14]
1971 11 12" vinyl Barclay 0820.143 [15]
1973 11 12" vinyl Polydor 2489 148 [16]
GER Germany 1970 11 12" vinyl Polydor 2428-301 [17]
1984 17 CD Polydor 825 416-2 [18]
1989 11 12" vinyl Polydor 2459 390 [19]
1993 17 CD Polydor 521 036-2 [20]
GRE Greece 1973 11 12" vinyl Polydor 2489 148 [21]
ITA Italy 1967 11 12" vinyl Polydor 184-085 [22][23]
JAP Japan 1967 11 12" vinyl Polydor MPA-7004 [24]
1977 11 12" vinyl Polydor MPF-1077 [25]
1979 11 12" vinyl Polydor 18MM0603 [26]
2000 17 CD MCA UICY-9007 [27]
2006 17 CD Universal UICY-93140 [28]
2008 17 CD Universal UICY-90757 [29]
MEX Mexico 1970 11 12" vinyl Polydor 184 085 [30]
NED Netherlands 1969 11 12" vinyl Polydor 2486 034 [31][32]
NZ New Zealand 1967 11 12" vinyl Polydor 612001 [33]
NOR Norway 1973 11 12" vinyl Polydor 184-085 [34]
KOR South Korea 1984 11 12" vinyl Polydor 2459-390 [35]
SPA Spain 1967 11 12" vinyl Polydor 2475 677 [36]
UK United Kingdom May 12th, 1967 11 12" vinyl Track 612001 [37]
1988 11 12" vinyl HMV Classics C881-16 [38][39]
1991 11 12" vinyl Polydor 847 234-1 [40][41]
1993 17 CD Polydor 521036-2 [42]
2004 17 CD Universal 80100603 [43]
2007 17 CD Universal UICY-93140 [44]
US United States August 23rd, 1967 11 12" vinyl Reprise 6261 [45]
1968 11 12" vinyl Reprise RS 6261 [46]
1990 11 CD Reprise 6261-2 [47]
September 28th, 1993 17 CD MCA MCAD-10893 [48]
1997 17 Double 12" vinyl MCA MCA2-11608 [49]
April 22nd, 1997 17 CD MCA MCAD-11602 [50]
YUG Yugoslavia 1969 11 12" vinyl RTB LPV-5755 [51]

Gallery of artworkEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The Chile version of the album spelt "I Don't Live Today" as "I Don't Live To Day" on the front cover.[52]
  • The World release spelt the band name as "The Jimi Hendrix Sexperience" on the record.[53]

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LinksEdit

NavigationEdit

Are You Experienced (UK)

Original tracks: 1. "Foxy Lady" • 2. "Manic Depression" • 3. "Red House" • 4. "Can You See Me" • 5. "Love or Confusion" • 6. "I Don't Live Today" • 7. "May This Be Love" • 8. "Fire" • 9. "Third Stone From the Sun" • 10. "Remember" • 11. "Are You Experienced?"

Bonus tracks: 12. "Hey Joe" • 13. "Stone Free" • 14. "Purple Haze" • 15. "51st Anniversary" • 16. "The Wind Cries Mary" • 17. "Highway Chile"

Are You Experienced (US)

Original tracks: 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" • 8. "Fire" • 9. "Third Stone From the Sun" • 10. "Foxey Lady" • 11. "Are You Experienced?"

Bonus tracks: 12. "Stone Free" • 13. "51st Anniversary" • 14. "Highway Chile" • 15. "Can You See Me" • 16. "Remember" • 17. "Red House"

Studio albums

Original: Are You Experienced (1967) • Axis: Bold as Love (1967) • Electric Ladyland (1968)

Posthumous: The Cry of Love (1971) • Rainbow Bridge (1971) • War Heroes (1972) • Loose Ends (1974) • Crash Landing (1975) • Midnight Lightning (1975) • Nine to the Universe (1980)

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