“Axis: Bold as Love”

Jimi Hendrix: “Axis: Bold as Love”

Album #52 - December 1967

Episode date - April 5, 2017

The Top 500 of The Top 40

    “Axis: Bold as Love” was a rush job, made quickly to honor the band’s contract to release two albums in 1967.

    The terms of the deal were ultimately ironic, because the first album was a slow starter, and the record company needed to hold back on releasing the second album for fear that it would cannibalize sales on the band’s brilliant debut. Due to the ‘hurry up and wait’ syndrome, “Axis: Bold as Love” isn’t as good as it could have been, which only makes it that much more impressive.

    The album has a feel of spontaneous creation, with silly asides morphing into moments of pure genius. There’s a story that the album’s creation was made even more difficult because Hendrix lost the master tape of the final mix, forcing them to reconvene in the studio and ‘rush-mix’ a new version. All of the problems surrounding the album’s creation fade away with age, though, especially since the Experience only released three albums before Hendrix’s death. It’s an imperfect record that only sounds better with age.

    Songs include:


    Up from the Skies

    Spanish Castle Magic

    Wait Until Tomorrow

    Ain’t No Telling

    Little Wing

    If 6 Was 9

    You Got Me Floatin’

    Castles Made of Sand

    She’s So Fine

     One Rainy Wish

    Little Miss Lover

    Bold as Love

    December 1967 - Billboard Charted #3

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