Can You See Me (Take 2) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced And More
Label: MSI (Music Scene Incorporated) - MSIG-0126/7 • Format: 2x, CD • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul, Blues • Style: Blues Rock, Space Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental
Released inthe LP was an immediate critical and commercial success, and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest debuts in the history of rock music.
The album features Jimi Hendrix 's innovative approach to songwriting and electric guitar playing which soon established a new direction in psychedelic and hard rock music. After being referred to Chas Chandlerwho was leaving The Beatles - The Beatles Story - Capitol DAT Master Tape Animals and interested in managing and producing artists, Hendrix was signed to a management and production contract with Chandler and ex-Animals manager Michael Jeffery.
Chandler brought Hendrix to London and began recruiting members for a band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Can You See Me (Take 2) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced And More to showcase the guitarist's talents. Are You Experienced and its preceding singles were recorded over a five-month period from late October through early April That same year, the record 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.
It altered the syntax of the music Shortly after, Hendrix relocated to the city's Greenwich Village and began a residency at the Cafe Wha? They failed to see Hendrix's musical potential, and rejected him. Chandler liked the Billy Roberts song "Hey Joe", and was convinced he could create a hit single with the right artist.
Immediately following Hendrix's arrival in London, Chandler began recruiting members for a band, the Jimi Hendrix Experiencedesigned to showcase the guitarist's talents. Mitchell, who had recently been fired from Georgie Fame and the Blue Flamesparticipated in a rehearsal with Redding and Hendrix where they bonded over their shared interest in rhythm and blues. When Chandler phoned Mitchell later that day to offer him the position, he readily accepted.
Are You Experienced and its preceding singles were recorded over a five-month period from October 23, to April 4, Chandler booked many of the sessions at Olympic because the facility was acoustically superior and equipped with most of the latest technology, though it was still using four-track recorders, whereas American studios were using eight-track.
Chandler's budget was limited, so in an effort to reduce expenditures he and Hendrix completed much of the album's pre-production work at their shared apartment. He later explained: "I wasn't concerned that Mitch or Noel might feel that they weren't having enough—or any—say I had been touring and recording in a band for years, and I'd seen everything end as a compromise. Nobody ended up doing what they really wanted to do. I was not going to let that happen with Jimi.
Chandler and the Experience found time to record between performances in Europe. Chandler commented: "Jimi threw a tantrum because I wouldn't let him play guitar loud enough He was playing a Marshall twin stackand it was so loud in the studio that we were picking up various rattles and noises.
I'd never heard anything like it in my life. It'll sound great. On December 15,finishing touches were made on the four rhythm tracks that were recorded the previous session.
Chandler viewed this as an unreasonable expectation, and he vowed that he would never again do Locomia - Various - Top Ten with CBS. All the effort went into the mono. After a three-week break from recording while they played gigs in England, including a December 29 appearance on Top of the Popsthe Experience reconvened at De Lane Lea on January 11, The session was the first time that he and the group had experimented with guitar effects.
Do not correct. On January 11,the Experience worked on their Thats All Right Mama - Sun Cats - Thats All Right Mama A-side, "The Wind Cries Mary", a song that marked their first use of overdubbing in lieu of retakes as a method of achieving a satisfactory track. The group managed to produce an acceptable live recording of the basic track for " Fire " after seven takes.
Chandler explained that financial considerations influenced the creative dynamic: "[They] were sort of fighting the fact that they had no say during recording sessions We didn't need to be arguing with Noel for ten minutes and Mitch for five We just couldn't afford the time.
Between January 12 and February 2,the Experience took a break from recording while they played 20 dates in England, including a second appearance on Top of the Popson January He explained: "There was a bank above the studio Despite the growing chart success of their first single, Chandler's money problems persisted.
Olympic required advance payment for studio time, but Polydor had not yet released any funds to Track for disbursement.
With his budget concerns alleviated, Chandler booked time at Olympic, where on February 3,he and the Experience met sound engineer Eddie Kramer.
Kramer's unorthodox approach, Tom Tallitsch - Heads Or Tales was inspired by Hendrix's complaints regarding the limitations of four-track recordings, captured the live sound of the band using all four available tracks. This method satisfied both Hendrix's perfectionism and Chandler's desire to reduce the number of takes Can You See Me (Take 2) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced And More for a satisfactory rhythm track, thus minimizing their expenses.
Another change instigated by Kramer was the use of a mixture of close and Check Out Your Mind - Señor Kaos - Swagger Is Nothing, Talent Is Everything (Version 2.0) microphone placements when recording Hendrix's guitar parts whereas, during previous sessions, the microphones had been placed about twelve feet away from Hendrix's amplifiers.
During the February 3,session at Olympic, the Experience improved the January 11 master tape of "Purple Haze" by re-recording the vocal and lead guitar parts, and adding another Octavia guitar overdub, which was sped-up and panned at the end of the song. They also recorded Mitchell and Redding's backing vocals.
After recording backing vocals by Redding and lead vocals from Hendrix, Kramer prepared the song's final mix. Hendrix was not as confident a singer as he was a guitarist, and because he strongly disliked anyone watching him sing he asked the engineers at Olympic to construct a privacy barrier between him and the control room. Chas was convinced that he was on to something. Not everyone was convinced that Chas was right. As a habit, Hendrix would indiscriminately tell people where they would be on any given day, which led to large groups of fans following him everywhere.
Olympic employees were tasked with keeping them under control and at a safe distance so as to not unduly burden the recording process. I worked with the Stones. I worked with the Beatles. I worked with Led Zeppelin. I was not as jumpy; it was not as difficult as with Hendrix. It was something of an open house.
Hendrix was not difficult at all, but I personally would have preferred not to have loads of girls lurking in the woodwork. In an effort to free up space for Hendrix's lead vocals, further reduction mixing Τώρα Και Γω Θα Ζήσω - Various - Τα Σουξέ Της Εποχής completed for "Are You Experienced?
Chandler decided that they should discard the original De Lane Lea tape and record a new version of the song. During the session, Kramer prepared a reduction mix of "Highway Chile", which made two tracks available for Hendrix's lead guitar and vocal overdubs.
A reduction mix was prepared for "Love or Confusion", and Hendrix took advantage of the newly vacant tracks by adding lead guitar and vocals. A final mix was completed before the end of the session. Horst played the first side through and didn't say a word. Then he turned the disk over and played the other side.
I started thinking about how I was going to talk my way out of this. At the end of the second side, he just sat there. Finally, he said, 'This is brilliant. This is the greatest thing I've ever heard. According to Hendrix biographer Harry Shapirothe music on Are You Experienced incorporates a variety of music genres from rhythm and blues to free jazz ; author Peter Doggett noted its "wide variety of styles", while journalist Chris Welch said "each track has a different personality".
Included on the UK edition of Are You Experienced were two tracks that represented the music Hendrix had played in the US before the formation of the Experience: the You Will Be Mine - Faith Hill - It Matters To Me track "Red House" and the rhythm and blues song "Remember". Although the lyrics to "Purple Haze", which opened the US edition of Are You Experiencedare often misinterpreted Faded Glory - Spitback - Spitback describing an acid tripHendrix explained: "[It] was all about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea.
InHendrix told the journalist Keith Altham that "Third Stone from the Sun" is about a visiting space alien who, upon evaluation of the human species, decides that people are not fit to rule Earth, destroys their civilization, and places the planet in the care of chickens. Hendrix described "Manic Depression" as "ugly times music"; during a live performance he explained the meaning of the lyrics: "It's a story about a cat wishing he could make love to music instead of the same old everyday woman.
He locked me in the bathroom for absolutely ages and I ran out to get a taxi and was standing under the traffic lights, and I had red hair and a red dress. I went back after I'd cooled down and he'd already written it. The photo shoot took place in February after Fleming had attended several recording sessions and Experience gigs. Chandler made a point of requesting that the band member's faces be clearly visible in the photograph; Fleming explained: "[Album covers] got much more esoteric as time went on, but to establish the artist we had to get their faces Can You See Me (Take 2) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced And More so the kids would recognize them.
According to Fleming, the shot that he chose was "more sinister; more interesting". The cover art's combination of dull green and brown tones, juxtaposed with the jocular nature of the subject's pose, created a weak overall visual impression; Stamp commented: "It's not a great cover at all.
Hopefully, we made up for that in all the other covers. During a meeting with the band, Ferris told Hendrix that he wanted to hear more of their music from which to draw inspiration.
They accommodated his request by allowing him to attend several sessions for their second album, Axis: Bold as Love. After seeing Hendrix with his hair combed away from the scalp, Ferris requested that he wear it that way during the photo shoot.
Hendrix's girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, Can You See Me (Take 2) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced And More his hair to improve its symmetry, forming an afro that became the basis of a homogenized Experience Church Key (Pt.
68) - Various - Wildsville!. After purchasing clothing for Redding and Mitchell at the boutiques on King's Road —Hendrix wore clothes from his wardrobe, including a psychedelic jacket with a pair of eyes printed on the front which had been given to him by a fan—the Experience travelled to Kew Gardens. In an effort to focus on Hendrix's hands, Ferris shot the band at a low angle.
We wanted musically to show who this person was. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In France and the Benelux countries, Hendrix's recordings were released by Barclay Records in a distribution deal secured by Jeffery. He insisted that the event would be incomplete without Hendrix, whom he called "an absolute ace on the guitar", and he agreed to join the board of organizers on the condition that the Experience perform at the festival in mid-June.
Pennebaker for the documentary Monterey PopHendrix burned and smashed his guitar on stage for dramatic effect. Are You Experienced was an Can You See Me (Take 2) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced And More commercial success, selling more than one million copies within seven months of its release.
Many music critics have since named Are You Experienced as one of the greatest rock and roll debut albums. Additionally, Mojo magazine listed Are You Experienced as the greatest guitar album of all time Since the first release of Are You Experienced inthere have been six different track listings.
The original UK Track album did not list running times for the songs. The listings are taken from the original US Reprise album.
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