By Darren S Michaels
#1 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
Surprisingly, for a group that only released three studio albums, it is a difficult choice but I have gone for their first album "Are You Experienced?". The other possible choice was Electric Ladyland but as mentioned earlier NO SPRAWLING DOUBLE ALBUMS.
Formed in 1966 the group was brought together by Chas Chandler and featured Jimi Hendrix with Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass. "Are you Experienced?" was released initially in the UK in 1967, minus the singles that had previously been released, and was only kept from the #1 spot by The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was released in the US later in the year with a change in the track listing, which was common pratice at the time.
So why "Are You Experienced?" Well, the recent CD versions have the original UK album, the singles that weren't included on the original album and the tracks excluded from the US version so plays almost like a greatest hits of their early work and include tracks like Purple Haze and Hey Joe. It includes most of the songs you already know and is the most accessible of the Hendrix albums - no 15 minute jams, no meandering lyrics - just a number of short, snappy, killer tracks. This is why it regularly appears on various "Best of" lists from the likes of Rolling Stone and VH1.
Oh, it also includes "Fire" which ITV in the UK are using to advertise the 2010 World Cup.
Taster Track -
What album should I try next? - Electric Ladyland (Sprawling double album warning)
What album should I avoid? - Nothing really
Darren Michaels has been IT for over 20 years and has worked for many of the UK largest companies. His principal skills are as an IBM mainframe cobol programmer but outsourcing has forced him to rethink his career. http://www.darjan.co.uk. At present, he is working as a web site designer as a franchisee for Activ Web Design http://www.activwebdesign.com/MK45 covering the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire area in the UK, specialising in fixed price websites for small businesses. He is also a keen writer and is turning his skills to article writing on his professional knowledge and his personal passions - soccer, poker and music.
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