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Axis: Bold As Love

Jimi Hendrix

1967

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Axis: Bold As Love
Album Summary

Axis: Bold as Love is the second studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Track Records first released it in the United Kingdom on December 1, 1967, only seven months after the release of the group's highly successful debut, Are You Experienced. In the United States, Reprise Records delayed the release until the following month. The album reached the top ten in the album charts in both countries. For the album, the group displayed several musical styles and critics saw it as demonstrating Jimi Hendrix's growth as a songwriter. The album introduced "Spanish Castle Magic" and "Little Wing", two Hendrix compositions which draw on his roots performing with rhythm and blues bands, that would remain in his live repertoire throughout his career. The album cover, which draws on Hindu religious iconography, has generated controversy. It was designed without Hendrix's approval, and he publicly expressed his dissatisfaction. However, the album went on to become quite successful and was certified platinum in the US and silver in the UK. In 2000, Axis: Bold as Love was voted number 147 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). Rolling Stone ranked Axis: Bold as Love number 92 on its 2020 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Rating

3.8

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13313

Genres

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

Nice. I listened to this while insanely drunk and it enhanced my experience. I'm still not sober, so I don't even know what I'm writing right now. Man's got a lot of arms. They should call him Slimmy Jimi. I don't remember it that well, but I don't think it's exactly the album's fault.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
2

Never got Hendrix, never will. Fantastically skilled music and but just not my taste

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Hot, sexy, soulful, groovy and trippy improv from the late great! No doubt other trios like Nirvana followed closely into the age of complex songs with minimalistic instrumentation. Back-to-back Little Wing & If 6 Was 9 is killer example of the diversity this record expresses. You Got Me Floatin’ & Castles Made Of Sand is another 1-2 punch of heavy lyrics and grooves. Really diggin’ in the hot tub. Thought of tipping some Hennessy into my coffee out here. Cannabis is probably too much before work. Shiiiiiit....Jimi, much obliged.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

There are days when this is the best Jimi Hendrix record. Surely it has some of his best songs on it. The production and sound on this, for 1967, is HUGE. The stereo panning is a nice touch. It’s a succinct record that covers a lot of the sounds Hendrix was trying to make and isn’t as radio forward as his previous. This is a banger. Favorite song: all of em baby Least favorite song: none

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

5.0 + What a gift - one of the few records that realizes a fully psychedelic vision, in true technicolor fluorescence. Jimi is a science fiction superhero flying in swirls of brilliant pink, neon green and magenta.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

it’s insane how good this music is

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

It Jimi Hendrix how is it not 5 stars

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

To describe an album as being full of album cuts seems ungenerous (as well as illogical). But there we have it. Lots of noodles and doodling, some esoteric songwriting, but nothing of note, really.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

This guy was so far ahead of his time it's incredible. To think this album was released in 1967. Amazing. Little Wing is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. 4.5 stars, rounding up to 5.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

This album features better songwriting than his debut and much more interesting arrangements. Songs like ‘little wing’ and ‘bold as love’ illustrate this well.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Dunno if I should give this a 4 or a 5... On the one hand maybe not quite strong enough for a 5, but on the other, the stuff that's good is so good ...

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Tue Jun 28 2022
2

I know this is like, blasphemous, or whatever. But I've always found Jimi Hendrix so incredibly boring. He's got skills, yes. He's got some hits, sure. But this album has nothing remotely interesting on it. This album is Hendrix at his worst, it's just so self-indulgent and obnoxious. The 39 minute runtime might as well be 39 years, it's just such a slog to get through.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great, consistent experience from start to finish. Hard not to get up and jam out. Highlights: Spanish Castle Magic, Castles Made of Sand, Bold as Love, Little Wing. Really the whole album

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Tue Apr 04 2023
4

Actually very good. It’s the first Jimi Hendrix album I’ve ever listened to

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Tue Feb 27 2024
4

Nr. 141/1001 Exp NR Up From The Skies 3/5 Spanish Castle Magic 3/5 Wait Until Tomorrow 4/5 Ain't No Telling 3/5 Little Wing 5/5 If 6 Was 9 2/5 You Got Me Floatin' 4/5 Castles Made of Sand 4/5 She's So Fine 4/5 One Rainy Wish 4/5 Little Miss Lover 3/5 Bold As Love 3/5 Average: 3,5 Unquestionably a incredibly talented guitar player. Still I sometimes struggle with his songwriting. Like A Bird is a classics though.

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Tue Apr 23 2024
4

So I was quite familiar with Jimi’s work while in middle school and high school via the great FM station in Cleveland at the time, WMMS 100.7 – but never owned a Hendrix album until I got to college in 1981… That was when I really dove in, and vividly remember listening debut album “Are You Experienced” all the way through the first time – and it absolutely blew my mind… I then worked through the next 2, and while there are amazing tracks on both “Axis: Bold As Love” & “Electric Ladyland”, neither could touch the start-to finish magic of “Are You Experienced” … Really enjoyed the album, and you could hear the progression in Jimi’s song-writing and musical compositions… As for me, the best tracks are listed below, along with my usual 7-star ratings scale – because you know that 5 isn’t quite enough, and 9 would just be silly… : ) “Spanish Castle Magic” – 5-stars out of 7… “Ain’t No Telling” – 5-stars out of 7… “Little Wing” – 7-stars out of 7… “If 6 Was 9” – 6-stars out of 7… “Castles Made Of Sand” – 5-stars out of 7… I will say that the album loses stream after “Castles Made Of Sand”, as those are several of the weaker tracks on the album – also have no idea why Noel the bass player sang “She’s So Fine” – probably his song, but would have been better if Jimi had sung it – but still the most forgettable track on the album… Since “Are You Experienced” is going to be a 5 for me, I’d probably have “Axis: Bold As Love” clock in at a 4.25, so will round it down to an “exceptional” 4 in my book…

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Tue Apr 23 2024
4

The talent is undeniable. The style is unique and identifiable. Love the heavy interplay between percussion and guitar as well as the vocal style of Hendrix

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Sat May 08 2021
5

One of the greats to me. Listened to this so many times but I'm still struck by the variety in a not particularly long album. Engaged from beginning to end.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

This was pretty sweet, another legend I’ve never really listened to and definitely should have before now.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Next level Creativity + craftsmanship and musicianship of these 3 is worthy of praise

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Beginning is strange with a kinda random allotment of sounds but the album grows, after Little Wing most songs are great. Hendrix has great guitar as always.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

Amazing album that beats Electric Ladyland for me. Any track could be my favourite, but Exp and Little Wing are great. 9/10, nice

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Phenomenal, just phenomenal.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Not for me. Talented musicians. Just not talented enough to shut the fuck up

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Jimi, talentoso el shavo. El sonido 8d del intro está lol. Menciones especiales al build up de 'if 6 was 9', me resulta emocionante y satisfactorio, y a 'She's so fine', que es una canción rápida y pegajosa. Mood: frito

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

This album was a straight classic man, I fuckin loved it.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Amazing sounds, that guy was a genius

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

No era un gran cantante, pero que guitarra! Justifica todo

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

All in all, a fantastic album. Are You Experienced is the quintessential Hendrix album, but I’ll be dammed if Axis isn’t just as good. Always liked this one when I was younger, and that opinion has not changed.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Durante más de 10 o 12 años Hendrix me parecía bien pero no lo escuchaba, no me interesaba. Formaba parte del panteón del rock clásico que pues uno escucha en la pubertad y luego ya, a otra cosa, ¿no? Lo bueno es que uno cambia de parecer muy fácil. En los últimos años he vuelto a escucharlo y pues, lo obvio, es brillantísimo. Una revolución en la guitarra, una tan radical, tan tabula rasa, que pues mucho de la mamonería y cosas de hueva que uno atribuye a la guitarra, solos interminables y demás, viene de este wey. Pero el lo hizo bien, lo hizo genial, el resto, pues no tanto. Este disco demuestra que su música no estaba centrada solo en sus riffs y sus solos, también era un gran compositor, buen letrista y muy creativo en cuanto a influencias: hay mucho soul, mucho R&B, mucho de eso que será llamado funk, mucho blues obviamente y un sonido indeterminado que es totalmente personal que mezcla todo esto y más: country-funk-blues-jazz-r&B-garage-dylanelbardo-destruccióndelmundocomoestadosalvajedelser. Alguna mamada así. Es muy fácil dar por sentado lo que hizo, han pasado más de 50 años, pero quiero ser muy enfático, esto no existía antes. Otro concepto difícil de entender actualmente cuando somos post todo. Pero neta, no existía, no así. Y la neta, después de él, no volvió a existir. Muy disfrutable el disco. Le doy 3 millones de estrellas, 1 kilo de ácido y 2 de mandarinas.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Debo confesar que de Jimi Hendrix solo había escuchado sus grandes éxitos, tipo “Foxy Lady” o “Purple Haze”. Me dio gusto toparme con él en esta página (?). Disfruté mucho el disco con todo ese sonido tan distintivo del rock psicodélico de su época, pero me gusta además que era un artista muy sutil, sabía cuándo darle voz protagonista a su guitarra sin atascarse. Me gustaron mucho “Little Wing”, “Castles Made of Sand” y “Little Miss Lover”.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Incredible production, listening on good headphones reveals so many awesome psychedelic layers to this and it has some of the most famous and best songs of this era of rock.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

One of the greatest albums ever made. Hendrix's guitar work is phenomenal and still amazes me to this day. So many other musicians cannot come anywhere close to the level of this album.

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Sat May 15 2021
5

It’s Hendrix so of course it’s a 5-star album. Some great songs on here including ‘Little Wing’ and ‘Bold as Love’. It’s crazy how many innovative guitar techniques Hendrix showcases on this album.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

terrific album. everything song a classic. Stereo effects are outstanding.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Very comfortable and easy to listen to.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

Just an amazing album that showcases all of the band members talents in really tight compositions

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

ABSURDAMENTE FODA PERFEITO EM TODOS OS ASPECTOS HENDRIX É UM DEUS

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

Fantastic album, lots of great songs. In the opening track you canhear them struggling with pan effects, is it genuinely disorienting with headphones on. Great lyrics and Hendrix guitar playing.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

Non chitarracentrico come mi aspettavo! Godibile dall'inizio alla fine. Da riascoltare!

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

This is the album I'd bring if I was stranded on a desert island with an everlasting supply of reefer and Choco Tacos.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

great album, some hit songs on there. finishing on bold as love is superb

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Just brilliant. Never sat down to listen to his albums, just the ones still in common rotation today. This is brilliant all the way through.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Good stuff. I listened to this a lot in 9th grade. Feels like floating.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Spanish castle is a favorite.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Intro spaziale! Spanish Castle Magic <3 Una chicca dopo l'altra, una bomba direi. Dove ho vissuto fino ad ora?! Little Wing è meravigliosa. Tutto l'album è su questa falsariga: fantastico.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

Rock psicodélico de Hendrix.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

So, the greatest, most visionary, most talented, most virtuosic, most charismatic musician of the sixies releases a second album. And of course it's wonderful. What did you expect? That Hendrix would make bad songs? In his pomp, he simply didn't have the capacity to offer substandard material. The Noel Redding song is a duffer, but in no way does it, or can it, diminish from the sheer wizardry of Hendrix, The album starts with a radio interview asking if Hendrix descended from a UFO. That's as good an explanation as any. And I have Electric Ladyland to come. What delights will come. I was listening to this on Spotify, and the album was interrupted by an ad for the 20th anniversary of a Travis album. What a fucking pollutant.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

I've never actual sat and listened to one of Jimi's albums from front to back. It's always been collections, best ofs, soundtracks, etc. I don't think I had heard a single one of these songs before and yet, the album was incredible front to back.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Wow! Loved listening to this. Recorded in 1967, this is way ahead of its time. A glorious album that is truly experimental . The guitar is the star and I can hear how his inimitable style has influenced so much music after this. Great album.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

I'm glad I finally listened to one of his albums, the guy definitely did a lot for music. A great album to be sure.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

A much different vibe than 'Are You Experienced' or 'Electric Ladyland', often leaning towards a far more mellow, almost experimental sound, such as the more laid back groove of songs like 'Up From the Skies', 'Wait Until Tomorrow', and 'Little Wing', or the creative dynamics and transitions in 'If 6 Was 9'. The results are nothing short of incredible, particularly with 'Little Wing' - while only about 2 and a half minutes in length, Hendrix packs more soul and feeling into his guitar playing than many other artists can in a lifetime. On the other hand, songs like 'Spanish Castle Magic' or 'You Got Me Floatin'', you see the album mirroring the more frenetic energy of 'Are You Experienced', with Jimi's bombastic guitar virtuosity is put on full display as he oscillates seamlessly between rich, full rhythm playing and his technically marvelous solos. Additionally, it bears saying that, while Jimi Hendrix is always the one who gets the (well-deserved) recognition, Mitch Mitchell's drumming is incredible throughout. It's not easy to rhythmically complement Hendrix's guitar work, but Mitchell rises to the occasion. Moreover, I'm a huge fan of 'She's So Fine', where bassist Noel Redding took on vocal duties. The song has an infectious rhythm and energy, with Mitchell's ceaseless wholloping on the drums going hand in hand with Hendrix's drive. So yeah, there's a ton to enjoy here.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Great album. "Little Wing", "Castles Made of Sand" and "Bold As Love" my favourite songs on the album.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

I love this album. Just banger after banger

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

One of my favorite albums of all time.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

This album is a revelation. First some background I'm 60 years old and Hendrix was the music of my older siblings...at least Are You Experienced was, and I love that album. But I never heard anything else, other than Smash Hits and Band of Gypsys. Recently I've listened to Electric Ladyland but I haven't been able to connect with it. My conclusion; Hendrix is not for me. Today was the first time I ever listened to Axis Bold as Love and I love it. I think it's a stronger album than Are You Experienced. Where AYE has some filler in my opinion, while every song on ABL is substantial. The songwriting is very strong and shows off more variety...jazzy and funkier than AYE and Electric Ladyland it seems that the production is cleaner and you can here more interplay between the instruments. A 5 🌟 album without a doubt.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Trippy, groovy, fantastic. The noises hendrix squeals out of his guitar blow my mind

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Amazing. Mind-altering. His most conventional yet most subversive.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

You can't go wrong with Jimi Hendrix

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Plenty of saliva, blood, sex in this album. Musically tight and appealing

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

I love this album. Little Wing, Spanish Castle Magic and Bold As Love already make the album worth 5 stars. Favorite tracks: The ones I mentioned.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

I don’t consider myself a Hendrix fan, and then I listen to a record and am blown away every time. So maybe I am.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

It's surprising that I've never sat down and listened to this album from start to finish in a single setting. It still sounds fresh as it does almost 60 years later. There is a reason that Hendrix is held in such high regard.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

Psychedelic blues at it's best, absolutely brilliant album.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

4/13/2022 Today's Album: "Axis: Bold As Love" by Jimi Hendrix - Crisp, warm, soulful, trippy, soulful, groovy, perfect. This record is so beyond reviewing and I think because of that I am just going to spend this time explaining why it's so amazing. From the very start, you have one of the best pieces of noise music I have ever heard in Exp. It is so abrasive and off-putting and I feel like it's the perfect test for the listener, as if it's saying, "There's a ton of cool shit that's coming up, but if this is too much for you, turn back now." The next few tracks are an immaculate display of Hendrix's expert level production, beyond-comparison guitar work, and just overall what he is capable as a single musician. The track Spanish Castle Magic reminds me of much of what I've heard from Electric Ladyland and in the best ways. The track Little Wing is just perfect in so many ways and is truly a standout performance amongst standout performances on this record. It's psychedelic and lovely and just feels like there isn't a single piece out of place. If 6 Was 9 is absolutely stunning, from it's invasive production to the cutting lyrics and vocal performance. This song gets in your face and shows you some of the most insane noise music you've likely ever heard. A clopping sound effect echoes above and just creates this absolutely crushing atmosphere for this noisy, distorted guitar to go berserk over. Castles Made of Sand has one of the sweetest choruses on the record and generally just has a really digestible and cozy vibe to it. There's also some really great sounding guitar work isolated to the left channel every so often and it really spices things up when Hendrix does that. One Rainy Wish has some really cool guitar work with these stuttering riffs and descending arpeggios and generally has this really dreamy, swaying feel to it. The closer of the album and title track, Bold as Love is a really endearing and poetic song with an absolutely killer guitar solo that ends by cranking up a really treble-heavy guitar and just going to town for a minute. It's super distorted and sort of trails off in a really pleasing way sonically to end the record. The whole album is somewhat difficult to listen to at moments with some really overbearing production and frankly horrific noises, but when you give this record the time to show you what's great about it, it really does not disappoint. It feels like one of those album that needs no alterations and is just perfect as it is. If I am not liking a part of it, it feels like it's because my musical palette cannot handle it yet and I just need to give it another try. If you enjoy well produced and densely packed psychedelic music, do yourself a favor and listen to this absolutely amazing classic record. You are bound to have a strong reaction to it one way or another because it just has so many ear-gasmic and/or productionally impressive moments. Bravo. Score: 10/10 Will blow your entire mind. Highlights: 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, One Rainy Wish, Bold As Love

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Thu May 19 2022
5

The artistry really goes beyond Hendrix's guitar licks—what stands out to me now is the arrangement of the songs, the way he builds sonic structures out of noise and the basic instrumentation of rock with some surprises here and there of orchestral additions.

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Sun May 22 2022
5

Um ótimo álbum! Clássico.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

I’ve herd the first Hendrix album before (not on the generator) (love that) so I hope this is of similar quality… The album opens with Exp it’s a fun intro just like a radio interview then some noise a quite normal concept now for an album but not in the 60’s… The first song is up from the skies it’s a lot poppier than the harder bluesy Hendrix I’ve herd but I still like it especially the warped wah wah type sound. Now Spanish castle magic is what I was expecting it’s a really well made, clean rather heavy rock song with awesome guitar work. What else would you want? Wait until tomorrow is good too it’s poppy yet bluesy, a very solid love song again with great guitars. Ain’t no telling is short, fast paced and bluesy. The song isn’t the best but it works so well at this point on the album. Little wing has these little tapping glass sounds that make just an average slower song into a dreamy psychedelic lullaby it’s cool. If six was nine ends side one and it does that great it’s a slow blues song that slowly grows into insanity. You got me floating starts off side two it’s a good blend of all his sounds a short pop rock song with great guitars. Castles made of sand is a really good slow rocker with psychedelic overtones it especially ends awesomely with stereo headphones on. She’s so fine is written by noel redding (a member of the band) it’s a good song slightly Beatles sounding and I like that he was allowed to have a song as I enjoyed it quite a bit. One rainy wish has this really cool rain effect made with the instruments at the beginning which I loved. The song itself is an s tier ballad! The penultimate track little miss lover has a groove that would be perfect for a hip hop sonic the song itself is alright just a little filler for Hendrix. It all comes to a stop with bold as love it’s not my favourite but still a solid slow song. Yeah I can’t not give that a 5.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Really aweomse rock. He dives into some more experimental stuff here which I also enjoy

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Only really knew little wing. What's to say, it's hendrix man! Fuckin rules

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