The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Axis: Bold as Love


4.5
superb

Review

by The Hypnotist USER (20 Reviews)
January 8th, 2007 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist

Review Summary: His best album. Why? Because he doesn't solo for a half hour on each track.

[Announcer:] Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to radio station EXP. Tonight we are featuring an interview with a very peculiar looking gentleman who goes by the name of Mr. Paul Corusoe on the dodgy subject of are there or are there not flying saucers or UFOs? Please Mr. Corusoe, please could you give us your regarded opinion on this nonsense about spaceships and even space people?

[Mr. Corusoe:] Thank you as you well know you just can't believe everything you see and hear, can you? Now, if you'll excuse me, I must be on my way.

[Announcer:] Bu...But, but...gulp...I, I, don't believe it!

[Mr. Corusoe:] Pffffttt!!...Pop!!...Bang!!...

Of course reading what is being said on the first track, EXP, cannot provide the odd effect it does when listening as the announcers’ voice goes higher and as Mr. Corusoe’s goes lower, then the loud feedback fading in and out, in and out. It really is a strange way to open an album.

Jimi, himself, really only liked 2 songs off of this album which is kind of surprising to me as I view this as his best work out of the three releases made when he was still living. Why do I think it’s so much better, well a large problem with a lot of Jimi’s material is that his solos are much too long and uninteresting and I am happy to report that there isn’t one song on here with such a flaw. The solos are much more tasteful and for the most part short and sweet. They’re the perfect length and it really brings up the quality of the album as you don’t find yourself sitting there thinking: Jesus! Is he almost finished of the solo? When listening to this I think: Over already? Not that they don’t last long enough, as I said above he really made them great lengths.

As with his other albums the instrumentation is top notch on this. Very creative and it showcases the talent they had. Jimi really shines on the emotional track Little Wing. His lines are really superb on it and you can tell he was very emotional while writing this and rightfully so as it’s about his deceased mother. Sadly, on this track the guitar is the only instrument that stands out as the drums only have a few simple fills and the bass is hardly noticeable. But, this is a guitar track and the other instruments are meant to backup Jimi and they do it wonderfully. There are also some nice little bells that really add a nice soft tone to an already very soft song. But, just because the guitar is the only standout instrument on that doesn’t mean the bass and drums don’t have their moments. Castles made of Sand is a great track for all the instruments. A very catchy bass riff drives the song during the verses with a jazzy rock type drum beat providing the back bone. Also the guitar gives a very strange backing riff during the verse which sounds like it’s being played in reverse.

What really surprised me about this album was the song Up From The Skies. It’s extremely simple, and when I say that I mean it. It’s basically just two chords and then a little bit of a change during the bridge. Despite it’s simplicity it still manages to be a very interesting track as the wah on the few chords really make it sound weird and give it that Jimi Hendrix touch. There’s also a simple solo at the end to take us away.

This album is chockfull of catchy and infectious tunes. You Got Me Floatin’ comes to mind. Although not the best track on the album it provides some great backing vocals during the chorus from Noel and Mitch and riffs that stick in your head and make you want to go back and listen. This is a quality most of the songs on this album posses. Some random riffs from songs get stuck in your head and they make you really want to go back and listen to this, especially the faster songs like If 6 Was 9, Ain’t No Telling, and She’s So Fine. They all have infectiously simple riffs that really stay with you after they've finished. A really catchy track with a really bluesy feel is Bold As Love. Its guitar is a lot less catchy as it’s a blues one that rarely repeats itself. What really makes it catchy is the bass work done by Noel. Then when the solo comes in you just can’t help but think: Man, that’s beautiful, not awesome, and not ***ing cool. It’s beautiful.

This is an excellent album and has some of their best songs. Its bluesy feel combined with the poppy catchy sound really creates a great listen. It keeps the listeners attention without showing off which Jimi tended to do. As with the other albums, Jimi’s voice is average and falters at some points but somehow doesn’t make any difference, at all.

Pros.:
The solos aren’t too long
The catchy bass and drum work
The mixture of pop and blues and how well it comes out

Cons.:
Sometimes the catchy songs can be a little sickening

Recommended
Spanish Castle Magic
Little Wing
If 6 Was 9
Bold As Love



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MrKite
January 8th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not quite sure about this. I tried to make a bit more of a shorter review but I'm not sure if I described well enough.
What do you guys think?
Anyone notice the stair like effect of my recent reviews?This Message Edited On 01.08.07This Message Edited On 02.10.07

superfascist
January 8th 2007


118 Comments


"imo" is such a weak thing to say and completely redundant. Who else's opinion would it be? Phrases like "imo", "in my opinion", "I think", "I view this as", etc. are all pointless to put into a review, since its understood that what's being written is the writer's own opinion.

TheMisterBungle
January 8th 2007


861 Comments


Good review, I just recenty got this album and I like it quite a bit.

Neoteric
January 8th 2007


3243 Comments


superfascist has got it quite right.

MrKite
January 8th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"imo" is such a weak thing to say and completely redundant. Who else's opinion would it be? Phrases like "imo", "in my opinion", "I think", "I view this as", etc. are all pointless to put into a review, since its understood that what's being written is the writer's own opinion.

I mostly just use them to take up space but sometimes I just do it out of habit of putting them in to take up space. I do agree with you, though.

Thanks Bungle.

Two-Headed Boy
January 8th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hendrix...ew.

Good review. :thumb:

superfascist
January 8th 2007


118 Comments


When you're stuck on using those kinds of fillers, it takes a lot of practice to stop using them, but not using them makes your writing all the more assertive.

Not a bad review aside from that, though.

MrKite
January 8th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. I was worried about this as I found it was less descriptive and I was trying to make it a little bit shorter than I usual make them so I'm not surprised I used that stuff looking back. I'll keep that in mind.

metallicaman8
January 8th 2007


4677 Comments


Nice work.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2007


17945 Comments


Hendrix has like two good songs.

Uninventivename
January 8th 2007


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hendrix has two good songs, oh man that gave me a chuckle. Hendrix is without a doubt my favourite artist, I can't begin to describe how much I enjoy listening to him. Axis is his best album as far as songwriting goes, Electric... more showcases his talent as a player. Little Wing, Castles Made of Sand, Bold as Love, Wait Until Tomorrow; it's impossible for me to pick the best Hendrix track but they would all be in contention (but perhaps Bold as Love more so than others). Genius.

Uninventivename
January 8th 2007


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh, good review by the way. Not amazingly well-written but I agreed with what you had to say. Not sure if you'll care but the 'bells' in Little Wing are actually a glockenspiel (if that's spelt correctly).

MrKite
January 8th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this was different than my usual reviews. Not structure wise but description wise. I usualy go into much more description.
I would have to say Bold As Love is my favorite Hendrix track at the moment.

moshpitdrummer
January 9th 2007


1 Comments


i would have to agree with mrkrite.. bold as love is a killer song. if 6 was 9 is good too.

danthemanwiththeplan
January 15th 2007


22 Comments


I think this is one of Jimi's best. The solo on Bold As Love owns.

MrKite
January 25th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

John Mayer does a mighty fine cover of Bold As Love.

whatduffhuck7
September 9th 2007


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didnt know it was posible to a have a solo that was to long.

Most guitarist will most likely agree with me.

NigelH
June 24th 2009


1571 Comments


I think you can have a solo that is too long, but I don't think any of Jimi's can be put in that category.

tommygun
June 21st 2013


25413 Comments


little wing best ever



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