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Axis: Bold as Love
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Recording Details
Dates May 4th - October 29th, 1967
Studio(s) Olympic Sound Studios
Release Details
Date(s) UK: December 1st, 1967
US: January 15th, 1968
Publisher(s) UK: Polydor Records
US: Reprise Records
Charts UK: #5
US: #3
Miscellaneous Details
Length 38:49
Tracks 13
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For the song, see Bold as Love.

Axis: Bold as Love is the second album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, released on December 1st, 1967 in the United Kingdom, and January 15th, 1968, in the United States.

The album had a much less hard rock feel than Are You Experienced, and featured much more mellow compositions, as well as blues-phenomenon "Little Wing" and a song without Hendrix on vocals; "She's So Fine". Much of the focus during recording was on studio techniques, including the first recorded phasing effect on the title track, and various other effects and techniques.

These techniques and effects, along with the amount of guitar and backing vocal overdubbing, meant that many of the songs could not be performed live. Only "Little Wing" and "Spanish Castle Magic" ever made it into any sort of regular setlist. Despite this, a number of songs from the album have been covered live (as well as recorded in the studio), namely "One Rainy Wish" by Brian May, "Wait Until Tomorrow" by John Mayer, and "Little Miss Lover" and "Castles Made of Sand" by Red Hot Chili Peppers. "Bold as Love" has since been covered by artists such as Joan Osborne, The Pretenders, Phish, and previously mentioned John Mayer.

The Experience released only one single from Bold as Love: "Up From the Skies", backed with "One Rainy Wish", saw release - in North America only - on March 16th, 1968. "Little Wing" was released posthumously in 1998.

HistoryEdit

RecordingEdit

Recording for Axis began at Olympic Sound Studios on May 4th, 1967, when the first songs to be completed were "If 6 Was 9" and "She's So Fine". The next day saw the inclusion of "EXP", which was then followed by five months worth of gigs, including The Experience's performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival.

The band returned to London and recorded "Little Miss Lover" on October 1st, followed by "You Got Me Floatin'" two days later. After a few weeks, the band were under pressure from management and record labels (namely Track Records) to complete and release the album before the end of the year, and so "Little Wing" was finished on October 25th, "Wait Until Tomorrow" and "Ain't No Telling" were recorded on the 26th, "Spanish Castle Magic" saw completion on the 27th, "Castles Made of Sand" was finalised on the 28th, and the album was finished on October 29th with the recording of the final three songs: "Up From the Skies", "One Rainy Wish" and "Bold as Love".

Near the end of recording and mixing, it was discovered that Hendrix had left the LP's master tapes of side one in the backseat of a London taxi. This meant that, with the release deadline looming, producer Chandler and engineer Kramer were forced to remix much of the tracks again. It was then found that they could not match the lost mix for "If 6 Was 9", but they were in luck as bassist Noel Redding was found to have his own copy. Said copy was extremely wrinkled, and had to actually be ironed out in order for it to be fit for use. Subsequent to release, Hendrix claimed that the first mixes were much better, and given more time, the album could have sounded a lot higher quality than it eventually did.

Original releasesEdit

ReissuesEdit

Remasters and CD releasesEdit

Track listingEdit

All songs were written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted. CD releases feature all thirteen tracks on one disc.

Side AEdit

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Side A of the original Track Axis: Bold as Love record.

  1. "EXP" – 1:55
  2. "Up From the Skies" – 2:55
  3. "Spanish Castle Magic" – 3:00
  4. "Wait Until Tomorrow" – 3:00
  5. "Ain't No Telling" – 1:46
  6. "Little Wing" – 2:24
  7. "If 6 Was 9" – 5:32

Side BEdit

  1. "You Got Me Floatin'" – 2:45
  2. "Castles Made of Sand" – 2:46
  3. "She's So Fine" (Noel Redding) – 2:37
  4. "One Rainy Wish" – 3:40
  5. "Little Miss Lover" – 2:20
  6. "Bold as Love" – 4:09

PersonnelEdit

Band membersEdit

Jimi Hendrix 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Electric guitar Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Lead vocals Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Voice Tick
Piano Tick
Glockenspiel Tick
Flute Tick
Backing vocals Tick
Tambourine Tick
Electric harpsichord Tick


Noel Redding 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Bass guitar Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Backing vocals Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Lead vocals Tick


Mitch Mitchell 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Drums Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Backing vocals Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Tambourine Tick Tick Tick
Voice Tick
Percussion Tick

Guest musiciansEdit

Gary Leeds Song(s)
Foot stamping "If 6 Was 9"


Graham Nash Song(s)
Foot stamping "If 6 Was 9"


Michael Jeffery Song(s)
Foot stamping "If 6 Was 9"


Trevor Burton Song(s)
Backing vocals "You Got Me Floatin'"


Roy Wood Song(s)
Backing vocals "You Got Me Floatin'"


Studio personnelEdit

Remastered versionsEdit

Release detailsEdit

Country
Date
Format
Record label
Catalogue
number
Sources
AUS Australia 1967 Vinyl Polydor 612003 [1]
BRA Brazil 1969 Vinyl Polydor LPG624.024 [2][3]
CAN Canada 1968 Cassette Columbia M5-6281 [4]
1979 Vinyl Reprise 6281 [5]
EU Europe 1997 Vinyl MCA MCA11607 [6]
FRA France 1967 Vinyl Barclay 0820167 [7][8]
1969 Vinyl Barclay 820.167 [9]
1970 Vinyl Polydor 2489149 [10][11]
GER Germany 1967 Vinyl Polydor 2459391 [12][13]
1968 Vinyl Polydor 239000 [14]
GRE Greece 1970 Vinyl Polydor 2489 149 [15]
ISR Israel 1969 Vinyl Polydor 184110 [16][17]
JAP Japan 1967 Vinyl Polydor SLPM 1398 [18]
1979 Vinyl Polydor MPA7005 [19][20]
1980 Vinyl Polydor MPX4008 [21]
1997 CD MCA MVCE-24028 [22]
2000 CD MCA UICY-9008 [23]
2005 CD Universal UICY-95033 [24]
2006 CD Universal UICY-93141 [25]
2007 Vinyl Universal UIJY-9007 [26]
2008 CD Universal UICY-90758 [27]
NED Netherlands 1969 Vinyl Polydor 2486 029 [28][29][30]
NZ New Zealand 1967 Vinyl Polydor LPHM 612003 [31]
SA South Africa 1967 Vinyl Polydor SLPHM 184709 [32]
KOR South Korea 1968 Vinyl First FL-1610 [33]
1968 Vinyl First FL-S-1610 [34]
UK United Kingdom December 1st, 1967 Vinyl Track 613003 [35][36]
1967 Vinyl Polydor SPELP 03 [37]
1993 Vinyl Polydor 847243-1 [38]
1993 CD Polydor 847243-2 [39]
2007 CD Universal UICY-93141 [40]

Gallery of artworkEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love Brazil LP RECORD (409308). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  3. Axis: Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix : Reviews and Ratings. Rate Your Music. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  4. Jimi Hendrix Experience, The - Axis - Bold As Love. Discogs.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  5. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love Canada LP RECORD (412092). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  6. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love Europe LP RECORD (411176). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  7. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love France LP RECORD (248228). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  8. Axis: Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix : Reviews and Ratings. Rate Your Music. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
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  11. Axis: Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix : Reviews and Ratings. Rate Your Music. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  12. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love Germany LP RECORD (256910). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
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  14. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love Germany LP RECORD (411164). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  15. Jimi Hendrix Axis Bold Of Love Greece LP RECORD (412060). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  16. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love Israel LP RECORD (412061). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  17. Axis: Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix : Reviews and Ratings. Rate Your Music. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  18. Axis: Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix : Reviews and Ratings. Rate Your Music. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
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  32. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love South Africa LP RECORD (411166). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  33. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love - 1st & 2nd Issues Korea LP RECORD (412094). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
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  35. Jimi Hendrix Axis Bold As Love - Stereo First Pressing + insert UK LP RECORD (409697). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  36. Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love - MONO UK LP RECORD (326544). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
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  38. Jimi Hendrix Axis: As Bold As Love UK LP RECORD (409303). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
  39. Jimi Hendrix Axis Bold As Love - Remastered UK CD ALBUM (55140). eil.com. Retrieved on May 26th, 2008.
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LinksEdit

NavigationEdit

Axis: Bold as Love

1. "EXP" • 2. "Up From the Skies" • 3. "Spanish Castle Magic" • 4. "Wait Until Tomorrow" • 5. "Ain't No Telling" • 6. "Little Wing" • 7. "If 6 Was 9" 8. "You Got Me Floatin'" • 9. "Castles Made of Sand" • 10. "She's So Fine" • 11. "One Rainy Wish" 12. "Little Miss Lover" • 13. "Bold as Love"

Studio albums

Original: Are You Experienced (1967) • Axis: Bold as Love (1967) • Electric Ladyland (1968)

Posthumous: The Cry of Love (1971) • Rainbow Bridge (1971) • War Heroes (1972) • Loose Ends (1974) • Crash Landing (1975) • Midnight Lightning (1975) • Nine to the Universe (1980)

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