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Hand signed by: Jimi Hendrix – Noel Redding – Mitch Mitchell

Are You Experienced: Hand signed by: Jimi Hendrix – Noel Redding Mitch Mitchell

Are You Experienced is the debut album by the rock band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The album featured Hendrix’s distortion and feedback-laden psychedelic electric guitar playing and launched him as a new international star.

Released in the UK on May 12, 1967, Are You Experienced spent 33 weeks on the charts, peaking at number two. The album was issued in the US on August 23 by Reprise Records, where it reached number five on the Billboard 200, remaining on the chart for 106 weeks, including 27 in the Top 40. The US version contained some of Hendrix’s best known songs, including the Experience’s first three singles, which, though omitted from the UK edition of the LP, were all top ten hits in the UK: “Purple Haze”, “Hey Joe”, and “The Wind Cries Mary”. The album was a critical and commercial success, and it is widely regard as one of the greatest debuts in the history of rock music.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Are You Experienced number fifteen on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They described the double-platinum LP as Hendrix’s “epochal debut”, noting his “exploitation of amp howl”, and characterizing his guitar playing as “incendiary … historic in itself”. They placed four selections from the album in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: “Purple Haze” (17), “Foxy Lady” (153), “Hey Joe” (201), and “The Wind Cries Mary” (379).  In 2005, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress in recognition of its cultural significance to be added to the National Recording Registry.  Writer and archivist Rueben Jackson of the Smithsonian Institution wrote: “it’s still a landmark recording because it is of the rock, R&B, blues … musical tradition. It altered the syntax of the music … in a way I compare to James Joyce’s Ulysses

Electric Ladyland: Hand signed by: Jimi Hendrix – Noel Redding – Mitchell

Electric Ladyland is the third and final studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and the only one of the band’s LPs that was produced by Jimi Hendrix. Released on October 25, 1968, on Reprise Records, by mid-November it had reached number one in the US, were it spent two weeks at the top spot. The double LP was the Experience’s most commercially successful release and their only number one album. It peaked at number six in the UK, where it spent 12 weeks on the chart.

Electric Ladyland included a cover of Bob Dylan’s song, “All Along the Watchtower”, which became the Experience’s highest-selling single and their only top 40 hit in the US, peaking at number 20; the single reached number five in the UK. The album also included Hendrix’s first recorded song to feature the use of a wah-wah pedal, “Burning of the Midnight Lamp”, which reached number 18 in the UK charts.

In 1989, Noe Goldwasser, the founding editor of Guitar World magazine, described Electric Ladyland as “Hendrix’s masterpiece”. According to author Michael Heatley, “most critics agree” that the album is “the fullest realization of Jimi’s far-reaching ambitions.”[2] In 2004, author Peter Doggett commented: “For pure experimental genius, melodic flair, conceptual vision and instrumental brilliance, Electric Ladyland remains a prime contender for the status of rock’s greatest album.” Doggett described the LP as “a display of musical virtuosity never surpassed by any rock musician.”

Electric Ladyland has been featured on many greatest album lists, including a number 10 ranking on Classic Rock UK’s list of 100 Greatest Rock Albums Ever and number 37 on The Times‘ 100 Best Albums of All Time. In 2003, the TV network VH1 ranked it as the 72nd greatest album of all-time, and in 2005, Q magazine readers voted it number 38. In 2005, Rolling Stone ranked it the 55th greatest album of all time.

Axis: Bold As Love: Hand signed by: Jimi Hendrix – Noel Redding – Mitch Mitchell

Axis: Bold as Love is the second studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Under pressure from their record company to follow-up the successful debut of their May 1967 album Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love was released on Track Records in the UK in December 1967. It reached number five in the UK and later number three in the US.

The album was recorded to fulfill the band’s contract, which stated that they must produce two albums in 1967. Even so, it was not released in the US until 1968 due to fears that it might disturb the sales of the first album. Noel Redding plays eight string bass on some tracks.

Just before the album’s completion, Hendrix left the master tapes of side one in a taxi. They were never found again, and thus the A-side had to be mixed again quickly.

Get That Feeling: Hand signed by Jimi Hendrix

Band Of Gypsys: Hand signed by Jimi Hendrix

Band of Gypsys is the eponymous live album by the blues rock band that was formed by Jimi Hendrix after the dissolution of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix is backed by Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Songs were recorded at the Fillmore East on two separate nights (December 31, 1969, and January 1, 1970), totaling four concerts, with songs from the final two appearing on the album. Produced by Hendrix and released just six months before his death in 1970, this was the last album he authorized, and the only Hendrix-authorized album to be released on Capitol Records (in the US). Band of Gypsys reached number five in the US and number six in the UK.

Otis Redding: Hand signed by Jimi Hendrix

Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival was a live album released by Reprise Records on August 26, 1970 documenting two memorable performances at the Monterey Pop Festival; those by Otis Redding and The Jimi HendrixThe Monterey International Pop Music Festival took place from June 16 to June 18, 1967 and was the brainchild of Lou Adler. Over 200,000 people attended, and it is regarded as the first big rock festival, precursor to Woodstock and all the others of that period.

Otis Redding was at the pinnacle of his career at that time. He was booked as the closing act on the Saturday night of the festival, June 17, 1967. Otis came to the stage following a set by his backup band, Booker T. & the MG’s. However, Otis’ high charged performance ran into a time limit under the festival’s permit, resulting in his having time to perform only 5 short songs.[3] At the end of Try a Little Tenderness, Otis can be heard explaining to the crowd that he is being rushed off the stage by the organizers. All 5 songs appear on the album. The performance came on the end of a successful European tour. The tour helped Otis gain popularity in the white youth record market of that time, particularly since the Monterey show was attended by so many people from the U.S. music business. Otis died less than 6 months later.

Jimi Hendrix performed on the final evening of the festival, June 18, 1967. Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, who did not perform at the festival, introduced The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix was almost entirely unknown in America at that time but was very well known amongst the rock stars of London, where he had been playing club gigs and recruiting the members of his trio. Pete Townsend of the Who knew the incendiary power of Hendrix’s act and refused to follow the Experience at Monterey. Hendrix performed 9 songs that night, only 4 of which were included on this album. The other 5 songs left off the album were: Killing Floor, Foxy Lady, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary and Purple Haze.[3] Studio versions of 4 of those omitted songs appeared on the Experience’s first US album released later that same year.


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