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.
Axis: Bold As Love (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) – MAYBE SO
The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Axis: Bold As Love" (1967)
(December 1, 1967)
Although this album suffers from a few inferior tracks (an issue absent from the debut), one sentence simply doesn’t do this record justice; Axis: Bold As Love finds the Experience more conceptual, Hendrix conscious of his lyrical content and thematic cohesion, and all the while managing the most interesting guitar soundscapes yet supported by drumwork few other bands could muster.