The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Axis: Bold as Love


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Review

by redparrot5446 USER (1 Reviews)
March 21st, 2006 | 32 replies | 5,196 views


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Axis: Bold As Love is a very important album for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The band is composed of Mitch Mitchell on drums, Noel Redding on bass, and Jimi Hendrix as the frontman. The album is much different from "Are You Experienced?" It is slower and has more meaningful lyrics. Although both albums are classics.

Track Summary

EXP- This track starts out with a slightly annoying voice interviewing Paul Curuso about U.F.O.s. Then Hendrix breaks in with what sounds like he has taken his input and is pressing it against the bridge while manipulating the feedback of his amplifier. The effect is that of the sound fading in, moving from left to right, then fading out. An interesting album starter.

UP FROM THE SKIES- Hendrix's guitar sort of sounds like reggae/ska upstrokes wired through a wah pedal. This is followed by two guitar solos.

SPANISH CASTLE MAGIC- This is where the album picks up a little speed. It has some good chord progression and a great guitar solo.

WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW- Very good lyrically. In this song, Noel Redding is a backup singer during the chorus.

AIN'T NO TELLING- This is kind of a throw in track. It is a bit fast and bluesy.

LITTLE WING- Jimi Hendrix was in Monterey when he wrote this masterpiece. He was inspired by all the things around him. He tried to take all the good things he saw, and make it into a girl. Little Wing is about this girl. In this song Hendrix prooves that a song does not have to be long to be a classic.

IF 6 WAS 9- This is a great song that is about how Hendrix wants to be his own person and live his life the way he wants. Great slow drum beat and guitar solo.

YOU GOT ME FLOATIN'- Great guitar/drum unison. Not as strong lyrically but still a great song with a guitar solo.

CASTLES MADE OF SAND- This is my personal favorite song on the album. It tells three stories that all end with unhappiness or death. It is lyrically very deep. It also has a great guitar arpeggiation.

SHE'S SO FINE- Noel Redding actually wrote this backstage on the TV show, "Top of The Pops." It's an okay song.

ONE RAINY WISH- Another great song. The verses are ingenious and the chorus stands out. Also contains a great guitar solo.

LITTLE MISS LOVER- This song has a funky guitar sound in the verses. Also the bass is great and so is the guitar solo.

BOLD AS LOVE- A perfect way to close the album. Smooth guitar sound, great drum beats, and a great bass line. The guitar solo fits perfectly, and just when you thought the song is over, a short drum solo brings you right back in to another great guitar solo, this time, accomponied by a keyboard.

This album is a musical masterpiece, start to finish. Jimi Hendrix was a master at guitar and he had a great drummer and bass player. Hendrix was like the Beethoven or Mozart of his day, perhaps even better.

PROS-
Strategic track order
Amazing guitar works
Lyrically ingenious

CONS-
None

STANDOUT TRACKS-
Up From The Skies
Spanish Castle Music
Little Wing
If 6 Was 9
Castles Made Of Sand
Bold As Love


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tom79
March 24th 2006



3363 Comments


Not bad for a first review, but could have used a lot more detail.
I've listened to Are You Experienced? and Electric Ladyland and both are classic but still have to check this out.This Message Edited On 03.24.06

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Led_Zeppelin3
March 28th 2006



2 Comments


Axis is an incredible album it is jimi at his best

Rory says no
April 15th 2006



23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Your review is ok but but like tom79 said you could've done with loads more detail.
This album has loads of different styled tracks and they all rock. This Message Edited On 04.15.06

spameister
April 17th 2006



26 Comments


I might be wrong, but this was a '68 album was it not? I think the 1967 refers to the British release date for the album- So that makes it a '67 album doesnt it?

Electric Ladyland is in fact Jimi at his best...

This Message Edited On 04.17.06This Message Edited On 04.17.06

tom79
April 30th 2006



3363 Comments


^no I think it is 1967. 1968 was Electric Ladyland.

YankeeDudel
January 19th 2013



9305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

man what happened why did all the ratings and reviews for Are You Experienced get wiped

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demigod!
January 19th 2013



43837 Comments


fav Hendrix i think

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Chortles
January 19th 2013



17904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that one had trouble moving the the new page i think

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YankeeDudel
January 19th 2013



9305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn why did they move em nobody really calls this "the jimi hendrix experience" lol

YankeeDudel
January 19th 2013



9305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its fuckin jimi hendrix no bells and whistles

ExcentrifugalForz
February 8th 2013



1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Got this on vinyl. It has one of the best closing tracks of all time.

MeatSalad
March 3rd 2013



14190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well i'm bold

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2013



19969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules hard.

BigPleb
March 4th 2013



33987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Takes talent to another level

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2013



19969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgot how good this is. Might have to up my rating.

BigPleb
March 13th 2013



33987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best album ever

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2013



19969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer Electric Ladyland and Are You Experienced?.

ButteryBiscuitBass
March 13th 2013



9744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album gives me a hard-on for Hendrix and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2013



19969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's nothing the be ashamed about.

BigPleb
March 13th 2013



33987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah them 2 are better, nothing beats AYE?



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