Axis: Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

Album no. 105/1001

It’s the album that almost wasn’t, after old mate Jimi left the master tape of side A in a taxi.

Luckily, Axis: Bold as Love was made and it’s a damn fine listen, despite some critics claiming it’s the “least memorable” of the three Jimi Hendrix Experience albums. You be the judge.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: No I haven’t. I don’t think I know any songs off this album. I suppose I didn’t mind the last one, so I’m going along for this (hopefully) exciting ride.

NK: Yeah mate, once or twice.

Standout track

CL: IT’S SUCH AN EXCITING RIDE. HOT DIGGITY DAMN. I am enjoying this much more than Are You Experienced? It just sounds like everyone’s got their shit together a little more – they’re really in sync with each other. There are so many excellent tracks on here. ‘Spanish Castle Magic’ is BANG-IN. JESUS. I’m sold. I’m so totally sold.

NK: Yeah ‘Spanish Castle Magic’ is great. ‘Bold As Love’ is a cracker at the end as well. Also at a friend’s wedding they played ‘Little Wing’ when the bride walked down the aisle, and I thought that was pretty great. I really like the end of that song, it JUST gets started rocking when the fade out hits it. He gets some great guitar sounds on this.

CL: DAT FALSETTO ON ‘Wait Til Tomorrow’! Wow. I’m very happy to say that there are literally no bad songs on this album. I’m a big, big fan of ‘Castles Made of Sand’ and ‘One Rainy Wish’

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: Oh, anytime. It’s great.

NK: I went for a run while I was listening to this, and I don’t recommend that. The tempos vary too much, and there are too many songs that sort of float along. You hit ‘Little Wing’ and get distracted looking at a sunset or something.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: I think the complexity of their compositions has seriously turned up a notch on this. No more boring old blues standards with a twist! This is mind-blowing stuff. I sort of felt like their first album was really just a vehicle for Jimi to show off a bit, but everything fits together so much better here!

NK: Yeah it’s a bit of a jump from Are You Experienced?. Like you said above I think they were a bit more comfortable with each other, and with messing around in a studio. The crazy guitaring is still there, but it’s deployed a bit more tactically.

Will you be listening again?  

CL: I have already gone back and listened to it a few times – and it continues to get better. This was great.

NK: Yeah mate.

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Axis: Bold As Love on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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