Classic Albums Live: Jimi Hendrix

Are You Experienced

Main Theatre

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Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does.

For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage, ‘Note for note. Cut for cut’. “This has never been done before,” says series producer, Craig Martin. “There’s a real thirst to hear these albums performed start to finish. For many of us this is the music we grew up with—the soundtrack of our lives.”

Are You Experienced was the debut studio album by English-American rock band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Released in 1967, the 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 Jim Hendrix’ innovative approach to songwriting and electric guitar playing, which soon established a new direction in psychedelic and hard rock music.

In 2005, Rolling Stone ranked Are You Experienced fifteenth on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They placed four songs from the album on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: “Purple Haze” (17), “Foxy Lady” (153), “Hey Joe” (201), and “The Wind Cries Mary” (379). 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. Writer and archivist Rueben Jackson of the Smithsonian Institution wrote, “It’s still a landmark recording because it is of the rock, R&B, blues…musical tradition. It altered the syntax of the music…in a way I compare to James Joyce’s Ulysses.”

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Main Theatre

101 QUEEN STREET NORTH Kitchener, Ontario N2H 6P7