The JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – ” Are You Experienced ” UHQR Reissue 

Posted: April 3, 2022 in MUSIC

Regarded as the greatest, most influential debut release from any artist!, “…sonically (prior editions) can’t touch this new Bernie Grundman mastering using the original tapes and pressed UHQR flat profile on 200g Clarity vinyl at QRP. I compared this new version to the original and to all of the other Experience Hendrix reissues and Bernie’s got them all beat in terms of dynamics, three-dimensionality and especially transparency — a quality I never thought to assign this recording but one listen will convince you that it’s there. I’ve been playing this record in one version or another since August of 1967 and I knew there was a ‘mouth pop’ on ‘Purple Haze’ but nonetheless when it came I jumped and adrenaline flowed so present and 3 dimensional was the ‘pop.’ This is one of the classic albums from the rock era and it’s never sounded this good. This version will most likely never be bettered” —  Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 – Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.

Analogue Productions presents another UHQR classic title — Jimi Hendrix’s classic “Are You Experienced”. And working together with Quality Record Pressings, this reissue is a true collector’s gem — an Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR) release!

This stereo UHQR reissue will be limited to 20,000 copies, with gold foil individually numbered jackets.

When it was first released in 1967, “Are You Experienced” turned the music world upside down, as Hendrix showed everyone exactly what it meant to be “experienced.” Hendrix synthesized various elements of the cutting edge of 1967 rock into music that sounded both futuristic and rooted in the best traditions of rock, blues, pop, and soul. It was his mind-boggling guitar work, of course, that got most of the ink, charting new sonic territories in feedback, distortion, and sheer volume. It wouldn’t have meant much, however, without his excellent material, whether psychedelic frenzy (“Foxey Lady,” “Manic Depression,” “Purple Haze”), instrumental freak-out jams (“Third Stone from the Sun”), blues (“Hey Joe”), or tender, poetic compositions (“The Wind Cries Mary”) that demonstrated the breadth of his song writing talents. Not to be underestimated were the contributions of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, who gave the music a rhythmic pulse that fused parts of rock and improvised jazz.

Jimi’s thoughts on the recasting of his debut album in the U.S. by Reprise Records, who added “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Purple Haze” and “Hey Joe” to the original 11-track list, aren’t entirely known. But Jimi did vocalize his frustration during later stage performances that “Red House,” his superb original blues composition, had been pulled from the U.S. album.

The U.S. track version released in August 1967. Included are the group’s first three U.K. singles “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe” and “The Wind Cries Mary.”

This UHQR is remastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman from the original analogue master tapes. Each UHQR will be pressed at Acoustic Sounds’ industry-leading pressing plant Quality Record Pressings (QRP) using hand-selected Clarity Vinyl® with attention paid to every single detail. These records will feature the same flat profile that helped to make the original UHQR so desirable. From the lead-in groove to the run-out groove, there is no pitch to the profile, allowing the customer’s stylus to play truly perpendicular to the grooves from edge to center. Clarity Vinyl allows for the purest possible pressing and the most visually stunning presentation. Every UHQR will be hand inspected upon pressing completion, and only the truly flawless will be allowed to go to market. Each UHQR will be packaged in a deluxe box and will include a booklet detailing the entire process of making a UHQR along with a hand-signed certificate of inspection. This will be a truly deluxe, collectible product.

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