Extremely rare fully signed Are You Experienced, the debut record from the Jimi Hendrix Experience
Original U.S. stereo issue of Are You Experienced?, the debut album from the Jimi Hendrix Experience (Reprise Records, RS 6261), signed prominently on the back cover over their respective likenesses in black felt tip by Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell. In very good condition, with scuffing, creasing, an old tape stain, and separation along the spine. Includes its original printed inner sleeve with advertisements for other Reprise Records releases; the record is not included.
Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient, who states that the signatures were obtained when the band performed at Hunter College in New York City on March 2, 1968. “My father, Sol Stein, knew Jimi’s publicist and arranged for my brother and I to go backstage during the break between two shows that evening. The green room was a real scene, abuzz with New York’s in-crowd, who were busy chatting amongst themselves. We made our way through the crowd escorted by the publicist to the back of the small, packed room. There, ‘the star of the show’ sat in a corner all by himself next to a stack of guitar cases, strumming an unplugged, Fender Stratocaster. The publicist waited for Jimi to acknowledge us and then introduced us to him. We shared some shy greetings and heartfelt words of reverence and presented several albums for him to sign. These included ‘Axis: Bold As Love,’ ‘We’re Only In It For The Money’ (he appeared along with Frank and Gail Zappa on the album cover), and the ‘Are You Experienced’ album. After signing the various covers, Jimi graciously offered to have the other band members add their signatures. He passed them along to Mitch and Noel, and we left with cherished souvenirs of the brief, but warm encounter with our idol and musical legend.”
Released in 1967, Are You Experienced? was an immediate critical and commercial success and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest albums in rock and roll history. The record showcased Jimi Hendrix's innovative approach to song-writing and electric guitar playing which soon established a new direction in psychedelic and hard rock music. Fully signed examples of Are You Experienced are exceptionally rare, with this album — appealingly signed over their images — representing just our third example in nearly 25 years.