Key To Music Grades

A - You will never be whole without it
B - Highly recommended
C - Flawed, but still pretty good
D - It's your money, not mine
F - Why couldn't this have been burned in Fahrenheit 451?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love (1967)

Having recently listened to the newly released Valleys Of Neptune, I thought to myself, I need to review Electric Ladyland. Then, as testament to my prolonged absences here, I realized that I had already written it. Boink. So here's to all the picked-seconds of the world, I'm rubbing you Axis: Bold As Love. Like the opening to Electric, Axis begins with a waste of my time, the insipid avant-garde emptiness of "EXP." From there, it's a smattering of musical styles: the wah wah breeziness in "Up From The Skies" -- replete with tasty brush taps. Actually, let me interrupt myself. Mitch Mitchell gets his cake and he's probably eaten so much of it, he's had massive intestinal stoppage, but everyone still talks about Hendrix first and foremost, and I'd like to say, Mitch, you were awesome. There, I feel better. "Ain't No Telling" is a my favorite non-famous Hendrix track. If you haven't heard it -- seriously? "Castles Made Of Sand" is one of those songs that you play for people when you want them to hear what Hendrix was all about. "Little Wing" is, in my opinion, one of the few perfect songs ever written. Period. If you've ever wanted to hear an album end like it was a mad flower bursting into bloom, then listen to the last minute or so of "Bold As Love." This album is sonically exquisite. I have nothing but excess verbal superfluity in making an ass of myself otherwse. Enjoy. A


drewzepmeister said...

Axis is probably my least favorite of the Hendrix albums. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the lack of flair that surrounds the other albums. I'm not dissing this album in any means, it's got some great stuff on it. I just prefer the other stuff.

Master Cianan said...

Little wing a perfect song? Bah.

Jimi did much better than that many times over.

The Mad Hatter said...


Saying any Hendrix album is your least favorite is like saying you prefer your Mercedes over your Bugatti. Can you really go bad?

Master Cianan,

Yes, much better, and therefore many more perfect songs, hehe.

Master Cianan said...