On May 12, 1967, one of the most influential electric-guitar albums from one of the most transcendent electric guitarists of all time was dropped on a relatively unsuspecting pop-music community.
Are You Experienced by the Jimi Hendrix Experience was a near-perfect album to prime audiences for the Summer of Love. Its psychedelic, mystical, sensual, sexy, and uplifting soundscapes of guitar, bass, and drums ultimately made it one of the greatest debut albums in rock history, and it not only blew the minds of guitar players and guitar fans, it exploded across popular culture — its music and its creators raging across top-40 radio stations, underground FM stations, major-market television shows, and concert halls alike. Small wonder that Hendrix remains one of the legendary icons and innovators of rock guitar.
But Are You Experienced wasn't the ONLY mammothly awesome guitar album of 1967.
Check out the bounty of guitar madness and incredible guitar players that hit the airwaves that year — the same year, by the way, that Guitar Player magazine was born...
And here's a little Hendrix to bring a psychedelic smile to your face today...