Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced? Essay

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first album, Are You Experienced, is undeniably one of the most influential albums of all time. For a debut record, it achieved many milestones and influenced many artists, fans, and consumers alike. Are You Experienced changed music in many ways, including the way it was artistically presented and how the band used technology at that time. The record is extremely creative. Most agree that the record is timeless and will never grow old. Are You Experienced is truly the definition of an evergreen album. Are You Experienced was released in May 1967 in the UK on Track Records and in August 1967 on Reprise Records in the US. The record was produced by Chas Chandler and engineered by Eddie Kramer. …show more content…
There was no Pro Tools back then. There was no such thing as digital recording or surround sound in 1967. Despite all these limited tools, the Experience made the most out of what they had and still created a fantastic piece of work. Today, there are an unlimited amount of tracks and layers one can create to add to a song, but Are You Experienced was recorded on a four-track tape. The band used different studios and all of them provided a unique environment that would become the sound of Are You Experienced. Most of these studios were shaped like aircraft hangars, so the sound would have a large, open feel (Egan 62). Another advantage for the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the studio is that they didn’t have to record separate rhythm and solo guitar parts. Jimi could play both at the same time. Redding referred to this technique as “rhythm-lead” (Egan 69). Not only did Jimi provide unique, exciting ways to use technological techniques, but Redding did as well. While Redding normally played bass, he was a guitarist before he joined the band. He learned the songs on guitar, and then played them on the bass. On the song “Red House,” Noel actually went back to his roots and played the bass part of the song on the electric guitar. It was tuned down one half step, while the tone controls were tweaked to mimic a bass guitar sound (Black 67).
One thing that was distinct at the time was

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