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Are You Experienced? (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) – YES
The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Are You Experienced?" (1967)
(May 12, 1967)
This is one of those rare albums that defies all of the rules about debut releases; it is an excellent set of outstanding songs (each and every one of them) that sets the bar so high that even Hendrix himself would be unable to top it.
“Hey music blog listener, where you goin’ with that laptop in your hand?”
Well, I guess I DON’T always say that, but today I DID sing “Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?” This is the first line from the first hit single Jimi Hendrix released, called “Hey Joe.” Although this was a cover song even for him, it is an upbeat and catchy song. It is one of the tracks on his debut release with his band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. And, although I’m not really a fan of Hendrix’s other albums, Are You Experienced? is probably one of my all-time favorite rock albums. This is the same album that hosts such hits as “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary,” not to mention some incredible album tracks like “Love or Confusion” and “Foxey Lady.”
I almost hesitate to record an acoustic cover of a Jimi Hendrix song — after all, he’s known as an electric guitar legend. His recordings and live performances didn’t need a rhythm acoustic guitar, just him and his famous axe. He played it behind his back, set it on fire, but he never needed an acoustic guitar. Now, that being said, we’re all about the combination of acoustic cover songs and great material, and I can’t believe we’ve never covered Hendrix before.
Maybe I can convince the other guys to do an electric week, and we’ll do some more Hendrix covers…
But, that’s a project for another time. For now, we’re still chugging away on our session-a-day project, bringing you an all-new acoustic rock cover song every day. We’re already looking forward to 2009 and thinking of lots of different ideas for how we can make the Laptop Sessions music video blog even more enjoyable and even more popular. Already, Jim’s been adding incredible new features, such as a new and easier commenting system — so go ahead, don’t be shy, and leave a comment or two or three…
Well, that about does it for me. Tonight is a big night of the week for us here at Fusco-Moore Productions Studios. It’s the one night of the week (every week — yup, all 52 of them!) that we take a break from working, writing, recording, web work, and whatever else we’re doing to watch TNA Impact!, certainly the most reliable entertainment in my life. For those of you who have been watching, Sting will hopefully be there tonight. He FINALLY showed his legendary painted face last week after over a month of hype, and as promised, he kicked butt and took names. I’ve been hoping to see Jeff Jarrett again, as they’ve also been referring to him in one way or another for over a month.
Just think — by this time next year, we may even have enough time to devote to a TNA fan site. That would be lots of fun for us and we might even get more regular visitors each day!
But, once again, these are hopes for the future. For now, you’ll just have to wait for Jeff to post another acoustic cover song tomorrow…