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Axis: Bold As Love

Jimi Hendrix

1967

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

3.79

Votes

5494

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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Fri Mar 25 2022
1

Dull, jammy, underdeveloped

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Wed Oct 21 2020
5

It's Hendrix it is great

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Fri Sep 25 2020
5

Un classique!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

very good

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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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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

mt bom queria em vinil

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

Excelente

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Soooo gooood.

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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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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Yes Jimi!

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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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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

excelente

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Sat Jul 17 2021
5

A complete masterpiece

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

jimi. hendrix.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

Amazing

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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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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Awesome

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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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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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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

Classic

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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 02 2021
5

Discazo. Rock del sabroso

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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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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Rulez

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Absolutely brilliant!

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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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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

A Masterpiece.

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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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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Hendrix is amazing.

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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

Fantastisch album

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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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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

МОГЕТ

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

I love this album. Just banger after banger

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

go go jimeeee

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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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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Loved it

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

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

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

4.5/5. Fire 🔥😎🤘

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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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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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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

banger of destiny

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Mon May 02 2022
5

classic

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Tue May 17 2022
5

He's my dad

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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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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Cool groovy stuff

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

The goat 🐐

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

It's fabulous

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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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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Good

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

Much better than I remember

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Jimi is one of the greatest of all time. But considering they only had three albums, this feels a little lacking in 💥Killer Hits💥. It’s not an issue of the quality of the tracks though, it’s the fact I’ve not listened to this album enough and am not familiar with all of the intricacies. In need to listen to most Hendrix.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Love the guitar riffs

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

one rainy wish

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

This album is brilliant, first time listening to it, more familiar with Hendrix debut, really enjoyed the experimental tracks. A real 60’s rock masterpiece.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Awesome!

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

All time classic, some of the best guitar playing ever and revolutionary band.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Never listened to it before, now already listened to it three times

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

I have a small problem with reviewing this album. I can listen to Jimi, but I can't hear him. There's a difference. Just because I'm listening to him, it doesn't mean I'm hearing him. I also cannot jump.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Jimi always top notch

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

This album could stop wars

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Fantastic album. Loved it.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Unbelievable album, a really enjoyable listen. Favourite track: Spanish Castle Magic

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Just incredible music in this album. I think like this even better than Are You Experienced. Favorite track: If 6 was 9

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Really good

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

so so good

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Axis: Bold as Love keeps what worked about Are You Experienced? and somehow is even denser, even more psychedelic, even more beautiful.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Amazing from beginning to end, a jazzy psychedelic experience everyone should appreciate

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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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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

Oh wow Ok. thought it would be too jammy and trippy especially after the opening track however really loved this. Wasn't high when listening but could have easily been a 5 if I was. In fact just great headphone music listening to the layers it stands out much more than other Hendrix I've listened to.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

The underrated record of Hendrix trio. The most diverse in styles, we get a mix of jazz, R&B, folk, proto-metal, and a whole load of psychedelia. Despite all this, it's a really coherent record, with successive tracks flowing well between each other. It has its hard and rough moments, but for the most part it's a groovy and jamming experience. It's very accessible and never drags on. I looked through for any weak tracks, and really there's something unique and special about each one. Each track gets straight to the point, and it's quickly obvious why each one was included, forming a complete experience. Regarding the nature of the music itself, it's obvious even in this record why Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the greatest musicians of all time. A versatile guitar player with impressive and memorable riffs, simple instrumentation that takes each player to their limits, a passionate and powerful vocalist, hard-hitting and imaginative lyrics, and a crisp production style full of cool tricks that make for a strange and interesting listen, whether sober or not. Favorites: Up From the Skies, Spanish Castle Magic, Little Wing, If 6 was 9, Bold as Love

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

Guitar genious

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

Sublime beauty infused with raw power.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Great!!!

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

This album is in my blood.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

Little wing is a supreme guitar song. Nothing can ever top it for me. It’s just pure bliss. And I love that it’s so short too. I mean SRV elaborates on the subject and it’s great I like it. But Jimi just goes straight to the point and it cuts short before the melody flies away. Perfection. How can I rate an album with Little wing on it anything lower than 5/5? And there’s more to it too: Bold as Love, Spanish Castle Magic, Castles Made of Sand, Wait Until Tomorrow, One Rainy Wish - they’re all beautiful songs. And how about the tone of Jimis guitar on this entire album? then you have the rest of the band which is so easy to overlook but they’re there and they are doing great work to showcase Jimi’s magic. Last but not least - I think with Hendrix it’s so easy to focus solely on the guitar but please take a closer look at the lyrics: Castles Made of sand, Bold as Love and of course Little Wing - Jimi is very underrated as a writer. 5/5 perfect guitar album with the greatest electric guitar tune in rock and roll history.

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Fri Nov 13 2020
4

The Hendrix album I’m least familiar with.... but it’s just excellent obviously. No guitarist comes close!

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

classic. not so many of the hits on this one, but great overall

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Tue Sep 22 2020
4

Castles Made of Sand might be my favourite Hendrix song.

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Sat Sep 19 2020
4

I'm still getting surprised by the amount of noise in certain old records. This was some excellent guitar music. Less energy than, say, a James Brown, but more refined and similar in terms of flourish. I imagine I need to listen to live recordings to hear the band really jam.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

I was only really familiar with "Little Wing" for the most part, but this was a darn good record. Guitar work was (obviously) very strong, but I did like the songs as a whole.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Liked it a lot. Interesting to see the mix of sonic experimentation and blues songwriting.

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Fri Dec 04 2020
4

Great alb but not my fav Jimi. Although Little Wing and If 6 was 9 are top 5 Jimi songs

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Sun Dec 27 2020
4

Hendrix's creative genius is on full display here. Occasionally drifts into "pushing boundaries that don't need to be pushed" territory. Best track: Little Wing

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Mon Nov 09 2020
4

More enjoyable than I remember.

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Sun Nov 29 2020
4

Some great tracks on here, I'm sure super influential, but some ones I don't really care for too. The intro is legit awful. But a really cool and a really ahead of its time album

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Expnsd

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Not my favorite Hendrix, but a damn good album regardless.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Love this album

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Unsettling swirling stereo mix on intro and some songs, otherwise as awesome as expected from Hendrix.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Classic psychedelic rock. Lots of great tracks not his best but very good

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

A lot of innovation. Never listened to the whole thing before. Glad I did.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Good start, having never listened to Jimi before. One or two songs to take away

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

I feel like when I listen to an album like this I start off like 'I'm a rocker, I've forgotten this, I love this shredding shit' and then by the end my head hurts. I went on a long run and listened to this, it was a bit warm too so my head wanted to explode by the end. That being said this was exactly what I needed.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Hendrix can play the guitar, that’s obvious. Singing is secondary, but he’s solid at that too.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Enjoyed this, never really spent much time listening to Hendrix. Stand-out song was Spanish Castle Magic

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Wonderful. Never given it a full listen and its psychedelic as fuck

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

I mean, yeah, it's Hendrix.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Familiarity: 1/10 Notes: Although I'm familiar with his legacy and live career, I have not listened to much studio Jimi Hendrix. This album exceeded by expectations sonically and was a journey worth taking Real Rating: 7.5/10

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Great album. A lot of my favs on there like Little Wing and Castles Made of Sand.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Not a lot of hit singles on this one, but it doean't matter because the album is amazing as a whole. Hendrix's style is just great and it's hard for me not to like whatever he's recorded.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Hard to believe this came out only seven months after "Are You Experienced". Standout on this listen was "Ain't No Telling"

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

I didn't recognize a single riff from any song in this album, so that means I probably hadn't heard any of these before. Classic rock like this is enjoyable to listen to, but it's not a cornerstone of who I am. So whether I hear a great album or a mediocre album, they both kind of hit me as "ok". I appreciate this though, and especially in comparison to Hawkwind, I appreciate the length.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Spacey

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

As soon as it started I thought "this is going to be awesome." And it more or less was.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Some classic guitar songs on here like Little Wing, but only a couple of these songs really make me want to listen to again.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

this is one album, that if you listen to, only having heard Hendrix's hits, will honestly make you question how more of his music didn't make it on the air. this is an amazingly crafted piece of musical history, and is inspiration for countless bands and musicians out there.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Very good. Still prefer the debut and Electric Ladyland. 8/10 1. Little Wing 2. Castles Made of Sand 3. Spanish Castle Magic

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Veldig kult. Har ikke hørt så mye Hendrix før, men den var ikke overaskende. Nydelig gitarspilling, kule sanger, kul synging. Ingen sanger stod ut som noe jeg ville lagt til i en liste, men det var ganske gøy å høre gjennom en gang. Kanskje jeg en dag går gjennom det igjen. For nå blir det en svak 4

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

No sé si mi sentir sea correcto, quizá es una obviedad, pero sentí por varias canciones como si Jimi fuera una gran influencia de Prince. Hendrix es, para mí, una de esas figuras que de tan icónicas se me han escapado, alguna canción por ahí namás, pero sin ponerle atención; después de escuchar este disco, me queda claro que los elogios no son por nada (?). Toda la parte psicodélica de repente me marea, no soy fan, pero la guitarra y el bajo de repente hacen maravillas. Sólo queda imaginarse lo que en su momento provocaba, aunque diría que, a diferencia de otra música de los 60 que nos han salido, esto me suena mucho menos ""anticuado"", a veces nada. Canciones que destacoI: "Spanish Castle Magic" y "Castles Made of Sand" (las de los castillos). Quizá "If 6 was 9" es la que me hizo ya querer el disco y tiene un gran gran cierre, esa "Bold As Love". 8.5/10

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Pretty good but not as good as EL

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

It's okay, but it is not a master piece

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

An album you need to dive in to find its treasures… it’s worth the effort

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

7.5

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

obviously incredible guitar, listened to this bad boi with headphones and that was an experience to be sure. At some points the sound was a bit overwhelming even

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

one of a very small number of genuine innovators

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Rock solid.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Mostly great---

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

love me some Jimi

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Still a classic forgotten how good it was.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

some groundbreaking stuff - 3-4 amazing songs.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Entre caos, fraseos atropellados y experimentos s e encuentran canciones con una solidez envidiable a punto de encontrar el equilibrio. Apenas se muestra en pequeños fragmentos, como los dos últimos temas (magníficos) o Castles in the Sand. Pero en cualquier caso, hay momentos magistrales, emocionantes, brillantes, con una base rítmica a la altura de las circunstancias. Interesante también los intentos estereo, algunos más brillantes y efectivos que otros.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Not Hendrix’s strongest album, certainly the albums either side of this one are stronger overall. Like all Hendrix albums it lacks a little cohesion and is thematically/lyrically a bit silly. Nonetheless the Hendrix, Redding, Mitchell trio again here show their creative and technical prowess and Axis is more than deserving of its place on this list. Spanish Castle Magic is a raw and exciting psychedelic rock song and stands up against the likes of Purple Haze, Foxey Lady and Voodoo Chile, but it’s the softer side of this album where it really shines; Little Wing is just gorgeous, Castles in the Sand is breathtaking - two great examples of the genius of this man. The greatest ever.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

I've never heard this album, but I've heard several singles from it - Castles made of sand, Spanish castles, 69, little wing, and bold as love. The other songs in the album really bring it together. One thing that surprised me here was how ahead of their time his producer was with stereo sound. They make it known from that first track that they're going to use stereo to its full effect. Highly recommend listening in stereo for the full album. Favorite song: don't make me choose - see above. Least favorite song: She's so fine (what the heck was that?)

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Good old guitar rock.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

This album reminds me of being a kid and my dad blasting music while cooking dinner. My senses would be overwhelmed by the vibration of the noise and the smells from the kitchen. It's that kind of unsettled wonder of being dipped into someone else's world from before you existed.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Excellent any time of the day. Will listen again

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Glad I got this, a solid album. Before listening to it I only knew like 3 of Jimi’s songs but this one got me a bit hooked ngl. Favs: Little Wings, Castles Made of Sand, Bold as Love, One Rainy Wish.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Very relaxed and I love the sixties sound. The album was over before I knew it. Have not listened to the lyrics, just the flow and instruments.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Loved this album. An ageless guitar driven masterclass. Could listen to Little Wing for hours

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Good. Some definite bangers in there. Appreciated many of the slower jams. Instrumentation on point as expected.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Not my favorite Hendrix album, but solid all the way through.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

It had some really good songs. It was a fun album. First time I have heard this from start to finish

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Loved this, especially One Rainy Wish

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Good album. This one isn’t as good as the other two as it has less hits but it’s still Hendrix and he doesn’t make anything less than average. 7.9/10

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Really, really liked. 4.5.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Really enjoyed it. Cracking guitars and drums. The last track Bold as Love is brilliant

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Really good!! I think if I listen to it more I'll grow to love it!

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Jimi's estate is too litigious. This is the first album I have not been able to listen to through YouTube Music. It's a shame because Jimi was such an influential musician and this is limiting the potential for more people to hear and experience his music.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

I was always under the impressions that people thought are you experienced was his best album and i think that is a bit shit, so this is a pleasant surprise.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

good jimi album, not as good as electric ladyland though

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

u 130. albuma, već su ispucani svi Jimi Hendrixovi albumi (ovo je zadnji ispucan), i bome su svi albumi čiste četvorke, neki možd malo jače. Volim njegov zvuk, sve u svemu, dosta dobar album - energičan, hedonistički nastrojen i topao album.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

A little rough around the edges

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

Quisiera estar high on lsd, tirada en mi alfombra en los 80s escuchando esta joya en el reproductor de vinilos que acabo de comprar, brutal

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

So I had to bootstrap this album together from different sources on youtube so the listening experience is way out of wack. Spanish Castle Magic finally gets the album started with some really modern sound guitar. Little Wing is a forceful beautiful song. Jimmy's guitar work is outrageous how relevant is still is.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Love this album, really chill cool vibe.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Starts so goofily but really lifts off with "Spanish Castle Magic." There's a loose almost carefree feeling to the album. Sounds like they are having fun creating things in the studio.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Pretty good album, great instrumentation. Songwriting is sort of so-so. The songs are fine, but they don't sound fully fleshed out. The album doesn't really have any breakout songs either.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Hadn’t heard since a teenager. Drumming is incredible.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Сочно, мощно, от него взяли истоки многие группы

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Top album, wel minder bekend als "Are you experienced" maar toch wel heel mooi

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Cool, vibrant and summery

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Quick album to listen to. Not a bad listen - Hendrix was def a pioneer and sounded great. Can only imagine getting stoned to this in the late 60s lol 7/10.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Thom Yorke said "anyone can play guitar." And that's totally true. If you have a guitar, I guess. But not just anyone can play the guitar like Jimi Hendrix. Most songs are just a bit too short - I wanted them to keep going! And then "If 6 Was 9" showed why keeping things short was a good thing. Leave them wanting more, don't wear out your welcome. And certainly not with a weird flute solo. Was that a flute? It was weird. The song with Noel Redding vocals was also weird, and yanked me right out of the album's flow. Aside from those two minor issues, "Axis: Bold as Love" is a great glimpse at the brilliance of Hendrix. And if it was just the guitar work, that would be enough. But Jimi proves his voice works so well in his style, and that he can blend seamlessly with the Experience to create a full sound that isn't overwhelmed by one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

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