Quote: Music critics widely regard Are You Experienced as one of the greatest debut albums in the history of rock and roll.
An immediate commercial success, within seven months of its release it had sold more than one million copies.
Melody Maker praised the work's artistic integrity and the Experience's varied use of tempo.
NME's Keith Altham characterized it as "a brave effort by Hendrix to produce a musical form which is original and exciting."
Journalist Ritchie Unterberger described Are You Experienced as "one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era."
"In the opinion of author Chris Smith, the release was "a landmark in a summer of landmark albums."
Noe Goldwasser, the founding editor of Guitar World magazine, called it "a veritable textbook of what a musician can do with his instrument" and "the measure by which everything in rock and roll has been compared since."
According to music journalist Charles Shaar Murray, the album "completely changed notions of what a guitar could sound like, or indeed, what music could sound like."
Critic Robert Christgau praised its songs for innovatively using three minute pop structures as a medium for Hendrix's unprecedentedly heavy and turbulent guitar and its loud, powerful hooks that appealed to younger listeners.
Mojo magazine listed Are You Experienced as the greatest guitar album of all time.
Rolling Stone called the double platinum LP Hendrix's "epochal debut", and they ranked it number fifteen on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, noting his "exploitation of amp howl" and characterizing his guitar playing as "incendiary and historic in itself."
They ranked it as the number three debut album of all time, crediting it as the LP "that established the transcendent promise of psychedelia", stating: "Every idea we have of the guitarist as groundbreaking individual artist comes from this record."
They placed four songs from the album on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: "Purple Haze" "Foxy Lady" "Hey Joe" and "The Wind Cries Mary."
In 2005, Are You Experienced was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".