Are You Experienced

Are You Experienced UK Track listing

Side A

01. FOXY LADY

02. MANIC DEPRESSION

03. RED HOUSE

04. CAN YOU SEE ME

05. LOVE OR CONFUSION    

06. I DON'T LIVE TODAY    

Side B

01. MAY THIS BE LOVE

02. FIRE

03. 3RD STONE FROM THE SUN

04. REMEMBER

05. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED

LABEL : Track Records

Initial release 1967


Are You Experienced US track listing

Side A 01. PURPLE HAZE 02. MANIC DEPRESSION 03. HEY JOE 04. LOVE OR CONFUSION 05. MAY THIS BE LOVE 06. I DON'T LIVE TODAY  

Side B 01. THE WIND CRIES MARY 02. FIRE 03. THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN 04. FOXY LADY 05. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?  

Unlike the UK and the rest of Europe here we get this album released by Reprise Records in both stereo and mono formats. The album was released on Wednesday 23rd August 1967. As with its European counterparts this came in a single sleeve.


RELEASED [UK] 12-05-1967

* Note that with Polydor releases some stamper detail is expressed as: 

> = an upside down triangle in all stamped matrix detail for the Track Records and Polydor Records pressings 

% = a diamond

^ = a triangle


  

This title can also be found in box sets which can be found in the Studio section.

  


This record was only available in mono on the Track Records and Barclay label it was never issued on the Track Records label in stereo. The recording was subjected to some poor mastering from Polydor for later re-issues, though it is argued that this record never had anywhere near reasonable mastering in the first instance in the UK or France, at least initially the latter.  The application of "fake" stereo on the later Polydor issues to many of the tracks also remains a bone of contention, at least for those of us who bought these pressings hoping for more. None of these re-pressings that contain enhanced tracks are worth seeking out. Of the two, Track and Barclay, it is the latter that gets better press due to a slight difference in mastering but it should be noted that neither of these pressings are ideal and no re -issue of this title really presents this mono recording in the best light. 2013 did see a re-mastered release of this mono record with the UK track content [along with its US counterpart] from Sony Legacy. This Bernie Grundman mono mastered re-issue is close to the Track Records release rather than the slight variation of the Barclay record. Recommended purchase would be the re-issue from Sony as this possibly presents the listener with the best value return for outlay though audiophiles generally argue that the Barclay 2nd pressing remains the better listen. the initial release date for the Barclay is between (Barclay 820 143) - 9th to 13th August 1967. The most apt turn of phrase for all of the mono issues would be Lo-Fi.


The release of Are You Experienced in the United States and Canada was on the Reprise Records label and the contents differed by way of the substitution of three of the original intended tracks. This appears to have been a record executive decision based on maxing out sales of this debut album. In place of "Red House", "Can You See Me" and "Remember" the included previously issued singles of "Purple Haze", "Hey Joe" and "The Wind Cries Mary" took their place. Where as the single 45's had charted very well in the UK they had had fared less well in the US.


Both the stereo and mono mixes for this LP were largely done [eight of the tracks at least] at Olympic Studios over the late / early hours of the 24th/25th April 1967. These late "fixes and mixes" to the eight tracks were undertaken by Chas Chandler, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Kramer. Unless the multi-track masters and / or the pre-Eq'd master mixes exist and are also available to Experience Hendrix then it is most likely we will not have a mono pressing that comes close to being of a high standard.


Seven of those eight late night mixes also appear on the US pressing variant, the exception being "Remember". "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze" and "The Wind Cries Mary", the three replacement tracks on the US counterpart album all saw finalisation at an earlier date(s) as they were recorded and optimised as A sides to 45rpm/ 7" single releases. 

Of the three tracks that did not see finalisation on the night / morning of the 24th/25th for the original album, "Are You Experienced", "Red House" and "Can You See Me", "Red House" was never mixed to stereo, "Can You See Me" utilised the mono mix of the two final mixes made. Both "Can You See Me" and "Are You Experienced" saw final mixes on the 3rd April 1967. It can only be assumed but it is most likely that both received the mono and stereo process this date.


    

Studio recording for this album was undertaken at three different locations. All locations have some representation of recording included on the original album.

CBS 73 New Bond Street London England

De Lane Lea [Kingsway] 129 Kingsway London England

Olympic Studios 117 Church Road Barnes London England


Some recordings had work done [overdubs etc.] other than the initial studio that saw the basic track recorded at. The mixing was done at Olympic for the eight tracks while three tracks did not have final “fixes and mixes” this date(s); Red House, Can You See Me and Are You Experienced.


A word of caution! Though I state that both mono and stereo mixes had been done here in the U.K. on the 24th/25thApril ’67, that is a claim made in Ultimate Hendrix. Personally I have doubts that a stereo mix was made of this album either in the U.K. or on those dates.


If the stereo mix had been made that date why then is the whole original album not in stereo, why are we left with some material solely in a mono mix? Why did Polydor Records not get a copy of the original album mixed to stereo if it had been done as claimed in London? Why did the original album only see a mono release in Europe?


The covers: 

While Track Records brought us the most boring covers imaginable for both this BT 10 and the BT11 release all other issues to vinyl appear to be based on either the UK or US variants, except France! Yes, we do get a number of exceptions to these as can be seen.  

The original Track Records front cover picture was sourced from the photographic session with the JHE by photographer Bruce Fleming at his Photo' studio in 12 Great Newport Street, London. This colour shot was used with just the albums title and this cover design appears to be that of Chas Chandler. The picture was from the second session with Fleming from 27th February 1967 as the initial session pictures that where rejected was a session using black and white film stock, 23rd February 1967.  Even this change to colour is not liked by many but it almost served its full purpose. In omitting the name of the band they failed to convey all the required information of a new band to the buying public. Later re pressings from Polydor Records did include Jimi's name across the top of the cover, this can be seen on the German soured albums in green text as already noted. The rear cover contained the track listing and a montage of Jimi, Noel and Mitch in black and white. It is believed that Hendrix was less than impressed by this cover! None the less this cover has become iconic over time, of course that's a matter of the content. Many images of Hendrix and Co. from these sessions appeared in the music papers of the day.


The much more exotic Reprise Records cover [the plan was for a textured sleeve which had this come off would have made this edition of the debut album so much more exotic] brings us two fine Karl Ferris pictures of the JHE. The fisheye outdoor front colour shot and a black and white studio shot. The front cover ticks all the boxes as we get the faces, album title and the name of the band. All important subjects for a debut album. The rear cover also contains the track listing for this variation on the original release. While the Fleming shots took place over two sessions, Ferris had the opportunity of four days, June 6th,7th, 8th and 10th 1967. The latter two are the outdoor sessions at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London. The photographs used for the rear cover of the US edition of AYE was taken from the 7th and the front cover from the session dated the 10th.

  

MCA/ Universal used the Track records cover for their re release in 1997 and expanded this to a gatefold, including additional shots as per noted above. While the mono re issue from 2013 remained more faithful to that original and brought us a single sleeve.  

 

  

The Karl Ferris cover was retained for most re issues except the 2010 Sony Legacy repress of the 2 LP. This was an issued LP that saw both the US and UK covers used, dependent on which variation was used as the basis of the album. Also, the mono repress of the UK Track Records issue utilised the UK cover. The inner to this 2LP gatefold was made up of the same Harry Goodwin shots that can be found in the expanded 1997 expanded AYE pressing only this time with a slight alteration to the colourization of the photographs.


Meanwhile in France, someone else also thought that the UK cover was way too dull and came up with a totally different approach and design. 

  

TRACK RECORDS 612 001 MONO

FRONT LAMINATED
 

A: 612001A > 1 111
 

B: 612001B [A SCRATCHED OUT] >1 11
 

MACHINE STAMPED

Released FRIDAY 12-05-1967

Single sleeve. Initial releases c

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TRACK RECORDS 612 001 MONO
 

FRONT / BACK LAMINATED
 

A: 612001A>1 1114
 

B: 612001B [A SCRATCHED OUT] >1 11
 

MACHINE STAMPED

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REPRISE RECORDS R 6261 MONO
 

A: 10681 R-6261-A 1-C
 

B: 10682 R-6261-B 1-C~1
 

HAND ETCHED

Released August 1967

 

BACKTRACK 10 2407 010 [MONO - MONO] contains enhanced content.
 

Side A
01 FOXY LADY
02 MANIC DEPRESSION
03 RED HOUSE
04 CAN YOU SEE ME
05 LOVE OR CONFUSION
06 I DON’T LIVE TODAY
 

Side B
01 MAY THIS BE LOVE
02 FIRE
03 THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN
04 REMEMBER
05 ARE YOU EXPERIENCED
 

A: [2407010 hand etched]  612001 A//2>420 11 3
 

B: 2407010 B//2>420 11 5
 

MACHINE STAMPED

There is a variation on this Backtrack pressings with Mono, [cover] and Stereo [label]. This variant presents differences in the recording with regard to which tracks have been treated to "fake" stereo. As much as I don't want to go too far down the road of enhancement at this stage I will use this / these pressings as an example of how we get differences between what to all intent and purpose are the "same" album. These are my impressions from listening to these recordings for the umpteenth time mid 2014 along with Steve Elphick for a Ben Franklin update. If you took time to read the Doug Bell article regard enhancement he states that Red House on this album is mono, yet I hear slight, I emphasise slight, adjustment on both variations of Backtrack 10's Red House. I also hear slight application of enhancement on 3rd Stone on the mono - mono pressing but not on the stereo - mono album. While the same slight application can be heard on Can You See Me and Remember on the mono - mono album but not the stereo - mono version! The main differences , of which we have no doubt, between these variant pressings of BT 10 is that both albums have the same presentation on side one in that the tracks are presented as

Side A

1. stereo

2. stereo
3. mono
4. mono
5. stereo
6. stereo
 

While side B on the mono - mono album is presented as
 

1. stereo
2. stereo
3. mono
4. mono
5. stereo
 

Against side B on the stereo - mono as all five tracks presented as mono.
 

Welcome to the world of enhancement, Jimi Hendrix vinyl and a very odd attitude to customer satisfaction! It is important to note that enhancement is not an alternate mix of a song regardless of how heavy handed that application may be, it is simply a "fix" at the mastering stage of an albums production.
 

The Mono - Stereo pressing also has a slight variation in matrix information:
 

A. [2407011 hand etched] 612001 A//2>420 11 11
 

B. [2407010 hand etched] 612001 B [A which looks like it has an inverted triangle stamped over it]>1 42
 

MACHINE STAMPED
 

The following copies of Are You Experienced also contain enhanced material:
 

POLYDOR 184 085
A: [P IN A CIRCLE] 1967  E7 XIXRX%V 184085 A
 

B: [P IN A CIRCLE] 1967 E7  %V 184085 B
 

MACHINE STAMPED
POLYDOR GERMANY
 

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POLYDOR SELECT DOUBLE 2683 031 This is the coupled double album [with ABAL] often referenced as the 2fer! This is a duplication of the Backtrack 10 pressing, the variant listed as mono - mono.

UK PRESSING

A: 2343073 A//1>420 11 11 06
 

B: 2343073 B//1>420 11 10 04
 

MACHINE STAMPED
POLYDOR ENGLAND
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While the following copy states stereo it is in fact another pressing that contains enhanced material:
 

POLYDOR STEREO 2459 390

A: 2335 076 S1=2 320
 

B: (P IN A CIRCLE) 1967 E7% V 184085 B 2335076 S2 1 D
 

MACHINE STAMPED
POLYDOR WEST GERMANY

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Again it is worth noting that the enhancement on Polydor albums differs per pressing in that not all of the same tracks have enhancement and were they do the level of enhancement can and does differ in a number of instances. While the original Track Records sleeve did not have the JIMI HENDRIX text across the top front some later issues included this in white text. While both of the German sourced vinyl copies listed here did include that text it was printed in green. The French Plydor issue also has the green text on the front cover. It is difficult to date the re issues from Polydor as they it appears that each variant had let alone country had differing dates. I read that the French Polydor 2489 148 has an issue date of 1971 and the German 2459 390 as late as 1980! I'd take these dates with a pinch of salt.
 

The following album is the stereo version of this release and mastered from digital.  The mastering [Carlos Olms] on this album makes it worth seeking out. Both Red House and Remember are mono here.
 

POLYDOR SPELP 97
 

A: SPELP97A//3>420W  11  1    
 

B: SPELP  97   B // 2>420   T    11     6
 

MACHINE STAMPED
POLYDOR ENGLAND

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I have no idea just what is contained in the grooves of this Greek Polydor pressing, can anyone enlighten me? The cover and label for this pressing can be seen on page 2. If we judge this release by it's cover then it will be enhanced from mono but for now this remains a guess.
 

POLYDOR  2489 148

A: POL 2489 148 A MT [P IN A CIRCLE] 1967 1
 

B: POL 2489 148 B MT [P IN A CIRCLE] 1979 419 725
 

MACHINE STAMPED
RELEASED CIRCA 1979
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POLYDOR / ROTATION 2428 301

GERMAN PRESSING LISTED AS STEREO. RELEASE DATE UNKNOWN

A: 2428 301 S1 320 E 1

B: 2428 301 S2 320 1A 11

MACHINE STAMPED

BARCLAY 820143 T
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MEDIUM [POLYDOR] 2486 034

GERMAN PRESSING

A: [G ON ITS SIDE] [UNKNOWN SYMBOL 2 CROSSED OUT] 2 [P IN A CIRCLE] 1967 E7 XHXRX%V 184085 A 

B: [UNKNOWN SYMBOL] 2 [P IN A CIRCLE] 1967 = E7 % V 184085 B

MACHINE STAMPED

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This is from an E Bay listing and clearly gives 1967 as a release date, I do have doubts but nothing to support those doubts about release date. Either way it does not detract from the fact that this is a scarce release, well thus far! Oh, it does have a different track listing to that of the US and European releases!

POLYDOR 48903 LPHM [SPAIN]

A: 850 48903*A=1

B: 850 48903*B=1 

I have to take this dead wax matrix information at face value, as it is listed on E Bay. Pictures on page two.

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BARCLAY 820143 T
 

1ST PRESSING
 

A: HXBLY 820 143A
 

B: HXBLY 820 143B
 

HAND ETCHED

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BARCLAY 0820.143 T
 

FRENCH 2nd PRESSING ISSUED 1971
 

A: BAR 820143 A2 A4
 

B: BAR BLY 820143 B2 A7
 

MACHINE STAMPED

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BARCLAY 80 581

THIS IS THE AYE LP FROM THE MOBIUS ART COVER 2LP. SEE AXIS. BOLD AS LOVE FOR THE LISTING OF THE SECOND DISC.

A: 80581 BAR XXXXX A DU1 CIDIS 2[C?]

B: BAR 80581 B CIDIS DA ^3

MACHINE STAMPED

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REPRISE R 6261 MONO

A: 10681-R-6261-A 1-C *I*

B: 10682 R-6261-B 1-C-1*I*

The *I* appears to be a T. This may denote the Terra Haute pressing plant, Indiana.

Side B also has a large stamped C. The C is so "closed" it is almost a D
 

HAND ETCHED

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Here's a listing of a 1980 repressing which I picked up on issue, either at Probe Records Liverpool or Andy's records Warrington in the UK.
 

REPRISE RS 6261 STEREO
 

A: RS-1-6261 WW5
 

B: RS-2-6261-WW3-SP1-2
 

HAND ETCHED
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Picture run through: The original pressing from Track Records followed by Track Records Backtrack series issue and then a selection of Polydor issued records. Commencing with the Polydor “2fer” that was doubled up with ABAL and a selection of other single sleeve issues from Polydor spanning a couple of decades. Following on with the first two pressings from Barclay Records, France, an original Reprise mono and a reissue of the Stereo counterpart from Reprise from the 1980’s.

  

While this next listed pressing becomes a double album with the addition of the three alternate tracks from the US pressing it also includes three 45RPM B sides by way of Highway Chile, Stone Free and 51st Anniversary. The gatefold sleeve which is based front and rear, on the UK Track records release gives 12 colourized shots of  Hendrix from the late Harry Goodwin. This release also carries a colour 8 page booklet with an essay from Dave Marsh. With the second entry basically a re release of this title we get coloured vinyl and a slight alteration to the booklet.


  

This 2LP also appears with the US “fisheye” cover and the main album is made up of the US issued recording with the additions being the missing UK selected titles from the original LP, though not listed here.


EXPERIENCE HENDRIX / MCA (UNIVERSAL) MCA2-11608

RELEASED 1997
 

A: MCA-12811-2 [STERLING STAMPED]
 

B: MCA-12812-2 [STERLING STAMPED]
 

C: MCA-12813-2. 2 [STERLING STAMPED]
 

D: MCA-12814-2 [STERLING STAMPED]
 

HAND ETCHED
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EXPERIENCE HENDRIX / LEGACY / FNCA 88985353331
 

RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2015 THOUGH COVER DATE 2010! SLIGHT DIFFERENCE TO THE ABOVE COPY BOOKLET. MUSIC ON VINYL PRESSING. COLOURED VINYL, DISC ONE PURPLE AND DISC TWO YELLOW.
 

A: 86028 3A MOVLP 077
 

B: 86028 2B MOVLP 077
 

C: 86028 2C MOVLP 077 [B HAND ETCHED]
 

D: 86028 2D MOVLP 077
 

MACHINE STAMPED

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The Sony Legacy / Experience Hendrix re issue AYE mono's recycled part of the art from the earlier MCA re issue stereo AYE by way of incorporating the Harry Goodwin photographs that had been used on the inner gatefold. Here with these mono outings they appear on the inner sleeve and without colourization.

 

EXPERIENCE HENDRIX / SONY LEGACY MONO [UK] 88765441751
 

RELEASED 2013 NUMBERED ISSUE ****
 

A: 88765441751-A  BG
 

B: 88765441751-B  BG
 

HAND ETCHED
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EXPERIENCE HENDRIX / SONY LEGACY [US] MONO 88765419691
 

NUMBERED ISSUE **** RELEASED 2013
 

A: 88765419691-A  BG
 

B: 88765419691-B  BG
 

HAND ETCHED
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EXPERIENCE HENDRIX / SONY LEGACY STEREO 88697 62395 1
 

NUMBERED ISSUE **** OF 5000 RELEASED 2010
 

A: 88697623951-A  18763.1(3) [STERLING STAMPED]
 

B: 88697623951-B  18763.2 (3) [STERLING STAMPED]
 

HAND ETCHED

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EXPERIENCE HENDRIX / SONY LEGACY / NEWBURY COMICS 88843059851
 

NUMBERED ISSUE **** OF 1500. 200 GRM PURPLE VINYL RELEASED 2014
 

A: 88697623951-A [STERLING STAMPED] 18763.1(3)
 

B: 88697623951-B [STERLING STAMPED] 18763.2(3)
 

HAND ETCHED
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Picture run through: MCA with booklet, FNAC coloured vinyl with booklet that shows differences. Sony US pressing of the UK mono and the US mono re-issues, these did not come with a booklet but the inner sleeves are shown with the slight variant to the design. Following these, the 2010 re-issue [which came with the booklet, not shown as it is the same as that which came with the FNAC] and the fabulous looking and sounding Newbury Comics purple pleasure! 

  
 

   

Pirate copies that form collector’s pieces only. Other pirates of this title can be found in the Studio section as they form part of box sets.

   

Taiwan pressing


A: 7 [P IN A CIRCLE] 1967 E7 XHXRX¯V 184085 A [HAND ETCHED FL-1641A] [4 ORIENTAL SYMBOLS]  46


B: 7 [P IN A CIRCLE] 1967 E7 ¯V 184085 B [HAND ETCHED FL-1641B [5 ORIENTAL SYMBOLS] 46


MACHINE STAMPED

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Picture run through: Taiwan plastic covered thin paper sleeve, front and rear plus both labels.