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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 01:30 PM
I've been thinking about this a lot this morning because I've been playing the one that is my choice.
I'm talking about the ONE record that more than any other changed the way that people both played and listened to rock music.

To me, it's "Are You Experienced?" the debut of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. And what blows me away is that listening to it this morning it still sounds as groundbreaking right now in 2010, 43 years after it was released. EVERYTHING about it, the songs, the lyrics, the swagger, the feedback, the incredible guitar playing, the studio effects, the backing musicians Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. If I had to pick the one record that transformed rock music from the 60's into the 70's and beyond, this would be the one.

Funny to look back, I bought this record in 1970 when I was fifteen. Of course I'd heard Hendrix on the radio and there was a lot of buzz about him but I was still too young to have gone to any shows (started that one year later) and I owned nothing on record. So, thinking I ought to explore this guy further, I rode my bicycle down to the local record store and bought "Are You Experienced?" I didn't get it. I didn't like it at all. It went RIGHT over my head. As you might guess, by the time I was 18, I thought Hendrix was just the SH*T. But at 15 I could not begin to grasp it. And I think that says something more about the record........it's incredibly mature, incredibly adult........and it was Hendrix' FIRST release.

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[Edited on 6/12/2010 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 02:01 PM
I don't know that you can truthfully give credit to one album....to me, it has been a slow, evolutionary, ongoing process....

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 02:23 PM
The Beatles " Rubber Soul"

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 02:29 PM

I think different albums changed the sound of rock & roll.
First the Beatles, then Hendrix etc.
For me Led Zeppelin 1 and Black Sabbath 1 raised the bar
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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 02:39 PM
There honestly can't be just one but I think you can put together a collection of recordings that certainly contributed to that. Many people would say Sgt. Peppers certainly should be at the top of that list. One record, IMO that certainly changed the way people looked upon or thought about rock music is Tommy by The Who.
 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 02:47 PM
"Are You Experienced?" the debut of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.


also my choice...it changed music...& also changed my life.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 02:52 PM
A number of very important albums. Two I would point to are "With the Beatles", the album by which the Beatles broke out in a serious way and Bob Dylan's "Bringing it all Back Home" which had the effect of marrying "rock" and serious lyrics.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 03:47 PM
Dark Side of the Moon

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 03:52 PM
Pet Sounds

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 05:37 PM
It's hard enough to get two people to agree on what constitutes Rock 'n' Roll music!
That being said, most people's opinion on the record that most changed rock is probably going to reflect the person's age...

We tend to give the most weight to music that came out during our musical "formative" years.
We really never truly experienced the rock music that came before our time, so a change to that style doesn't seem as important as the changes we directly observed.

The album that most changed how I and my friends viewed rock music would probably be Nirvana - Nevermind.
Just my opinion, yours is probably different, and, hey, that's OK!











 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 05:40 PM
The Allman Brothers Band


Fused Rock, Jazz, and Blues together to make the magical blend of sound that we here love so much!!!

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 06:03 PM
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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 06:53 PM
Lots of worthy choices mentioned on this thread, but I have to chime in with another vote for Are You Experienced?

I don't even think it's the best Hendrix album--I would give that honor to Electric Ladyland. But no other album in rock history so clearly divides everything that came before it from everything that came after it.

Like robslob says, even in the year 2010 Hendrix still sounds like a time traveler from the distant future.

 
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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 07:41 PM
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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 08:59 PM
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Fused Rock, Jazz, and Blues together to make the magical blend of sound that we here love so much!!!


yup they were the first to do that....oh wait there was a band before them called CREAM that mixed rock and blues and added the free form of jazz to the live shows so nevermind on your thought

 

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Fused Rock, Jazz, and Blues together to make the magical blend of sound that we here love so much!!!


yup they were the first to do that....oh wait there was a band before them called CREAM that mixed rock and blues and added the free form of jazz to the live shows so nevermind on your thought


But there was a band before Cream, too.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band!

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 09:57 PM
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Fused Rock, Jazz, and Blues together to make the magical blend of sound that we here love so much!!!


yup they were the first to do that....oh wait there was a band before them called CREAM that mixed rock and blues and added the free form of jazz to the live shows so nevermind on your thought



" so never mind on your thought"

Wow,that's a little harsh....

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 10:39 PM
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Fused Rock, Jazz, and Blues together to make the magical blend of sound that we here love so much!!!


yup they were the first to do that....oh wait there was a band before them called CREAM that mixed rock and blues and added the free form of jazz to the live shows so nevermind on your thought


But there was a band before Cream, too.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band!


as far as i know paul butterfield blues band was no playing 17 minutes tunes in concert

 

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Lots of worthy choices mentioned on this thread, but I have to chime in with another vote for Are You Experienced?

I don't even think it's the best Hendrix album--I would give that honor to Electric Ladyland. But no other album in rock history so clearly divides everything that came before it from everything that came after it.

Like robslob says, even in the year 2010 Hendrix still sounds like a time traveler from the distant future.


I gotta put that in there as well. Cream was doing something similar before that, but Hendrix took what they were doing to another level with the Experience. I'd imagine that Cream was thinking, that's how we should have done it.


i can't comment too much because i can't find it but i thought there was an interview with jack bruce where it seems he's almost putting down the hendrix experience. from his tone i was waiting for him to call the experience the poor mans cream but he never did. oddly enough he is a big fan of jimi hendrix

 

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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 10:44 PM
Ever heard of a little tune called East-West? They used to play that for up to an hour, and remember, we're talking about 1966 here.

There is a great compilation called East-West Live that features three different live versions of the song, all completely different, with the longest being 28 minutes.

I'm sure they played a couple versions of Work Song that reached the 17 minute mark as well.

 
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  posted on 6/12/2010 at 10:48 PM
Elvis Presley's self-titled debut in March, 23, 1956.
1st rock and roll album to ever top the Billboard charts.
Had Blue Suede Shoes on it.

Oddly enough, it was Hound Dog, a song not on the album, that got Elvis a lot of attention on Ed Sullivan, and that performance was only 2 weeks after the s/t release.

At that time music was pretty regionalized in the States.
Haley's single got nationwide play, but Elvis, after Ed Sullivan, was a bad man NATIONWIDE, and that to me, broke rock and roll.

 

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Fused Rock, Jazz, and Blues together to make the magical blend of sound that we here love so much!!!


yup they were the first to do that....oh wait there was a band before them called CREAM that mixed rock and blues and added the free form of jazz to the live shows so nevermind on your thought


But there was a band before Cream, too.


The Paul Butterfield Blues Band!


My thought exactly!

It's always hard to pin down a moment or one record, of course, but I'd say that 1965 did showcase a few records that CHANGED Rock 'N Roll significantly from where it had been before.

1) The aforementioned PBBB debut
2) Rubber Soul
3) Highway '61 Revisited

..and wasn't that the year the Kinks hit it big with "You really Got me"? or was that '64?


 

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The Allman Brothers Band


Fused Rock, Jazz, and Blues together to make the magical blend of sound that we here love so much!!!


yup they were the first to do that....oh wait there was a band before them called CREAM that mixed rock and blues and added the free form of jazz to the live shows so nevermind on your thought


But there was a band before Cream, too.


The Paul Butterfield Blues Band!


My thought exactly!

It's always hard to pin down a moment or one record, of course, but I'd say that 1965 did showcase a few records that CHANGED Rock 'N Roll significantly from where it had been before.

1) The aforementioned PBBB debut
2) Rubber Soul
3) Highway '61 Revisited

..and wasn't that the year the Kinks hit it big with "You really Got me"? or was that '64?




Not to nitpick, but I think Highway 61 came out in '67. Bringing It came out in '65. I like Bringing It better than Highway 61, but your mileage may vary.


I never mind the nitpicking, we are music geeks after all, right? But I'm sticking with 1965 for Highway '61 Revisited

 

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Fused Rock, Jazz, and Blues together to make the magical blend of sound that we here love so much!!!


yup they were the first to do that....oh wait there was a band before them called CREAM that mixed rock and blues and added the free form of jazz to the live shows so nevermind on your thought


But there was a band before Cream, too.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band!


as far as i know paul butterfield blues band was no playing 17 minutes tunes in concert


They were the FIRST to play an extended jam with East-West in 1966! See Rob Johnson's post.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2010 at 12:47 AM
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

 

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