One of the ultimate Hendrix tracks was seen as a hippy anthem at the time. It’s transcended that. This isn’t about being a hippy. This is about being your own thing.
“Everyday in the week I’m in a different city, If I stay too long people try to pull me down, They talk about me like a dog, Talkin’ about the clothes I wear but they don’t realize they’re the ones who’s square”
It still sounds fresh. You can hear the echo in the acoustics of that room in the percussion like it’s just been laid down over a facetime call.
That wibble wobble opening and that constant clanging rhythm are irresistible.
So many records from the 1960’s have a smooshed together overall sound where they just are a collective noise. Often a great collective noise but this is not the case on Are You Experienced?
Every note of every string of Jimi’s guitar stands free and able to do it’s own thing. Same for Mitch Mitchell’s entire drum kit. Same for that hypnotic bass outro Noel Redding plays to bring the track to a close.
Nothing sounds Free-er. More free? How free?
“Stone free to do what I please, Stone free to ride the breeze, Stone free I can’t stay, I got to got to got to get away right now”