Rare UK mono first pressing of the Are You Experienced album signed and inscribed on the back cover in black ballpoint by Jimi Hendrix, "To Colin, Be Groovy, Jimi Hendrix" and by Mitch Mitchell, "Mitch." Upper right corner of reverse bears a small "Disc Piccadilly, Souvenir of London" label annotated October 9, 1967. In very good to fine condition, with creasing to the lower corners, and splitting along the spine; both signatures are clear and bold. The record is included.
Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the niece of the original recipient, in part: "This album originally belonged to my uncle Colin…It was left to my dad, who'd sat on it for years (not realising what he was sitting on!), until a few months ago after he'd had a huge clear out and gave it to me to see if it was worth anything…So the story goes…in the late 60's/early 70's uncle Colin saw Hendrix and his band at many of their legendary BBC performances and recordings—as at the time he worked for the Beeb. My dad…reckons he got the album signed on 15 December 1967 when Hendrix and his band recorded at the Beeb for a radio show…Also there's a smudge where Noel was about to sign…but didn't. That's another story apparently, which we never got to the bottom of."
The release of their full-length debut, Are You Experienced, fifty years ago on May 12, 1967, ignited Hendrix and the Experience as they embarked on their first official European tour. This album was purchased at the Disci Piccadilly record shop in October, one of the coolest record stores in London which was visited by everyone from the Beatles to Dylan to Hendrix. On December 15th, Hendrix and crew visited London's BBC Broadcasting House and Playhouse Theatre to perform on the radio show Top Gear. The music recorded at that session was released in 1988 on the live album Radio One, which consisted of four other BBC recordings from that year; the record is now considered a classic example of the band's 'accelerated evolution.' Having just celebrated its 50th anniversary, this is a sought-after album with a great Hendrix inscription.
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