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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 11:22 AM
I know there was a Hendrix thread here recently but i just couldn't help myself. I've been blasting AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE in my truck for a week straight and I can't get it out of there. This one is not new to me be any means, but sometimes you just rediscover something all over again, y'know? Is there anyone else out there who thinks this just might be the greatest rock record ever recorded? Just EVERYTHING...........Jimi's mastery of the axe of course. His songwriting here is so varied and so COOL........to me this is the COOLEST record he ever made. And Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding really stand out on this record as well.........just superb instrumental backing. Interesting how Hendrix starts the record off with a little hint ("EXP") that he may be an outer worldly being come down for a short time to conquer, then leave.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 12:04 PM
One of a handful of my all-time favorite records. Little Wing, Castles, BOLD AS LOVE. Great stuff!!
 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 12:05 PM
The first album I ever bought as a kid,have it on cd now,will play it when I get home

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 12:23 PM
I definetly think Axis is Jimi's best record.

You could really hear his R&B roots come out on this one.

Consistently great songwriting throughout the album. Can't beat it!

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 02:25 PM
I clicked this thread, and at that moment my other tape switched sides, so I took it out and popped in Axis: Bold as Love. It's not my very very favorite Jimi stuff, as it is for some of you, but that's not saying it's bad, either.

Well, no offense, guys, but the tracks I could easily skip (except this is a tape) are
* "E.X.P.": "he may be an outer worldly being come down for a short time to conquer, then leave" = silly '60s UFO stuff, esp. the speeded-up announcer's voice; anyway, I don't go for the idea that Jimi's from Mars or wherever
* "Wait Until Tomorrow": "his R&B roots" = pedestrian ditty with Curtis Mayfield rhythm guitar and fills; "Little Wing" is related but more substantial

Now, if Jimi had stuck "Driving South" (which was recorded for the Beeb at this time) onto this album, man . . . .



[Edited to add important "not"!]

[Edited on 2006.9.29 by PeterNelson]

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 02:30 PM
Good Stuff .....But I still really like ElectricLadyLand...hard to choose between those 2.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 02:35 PM
I love mitch mithchell, and yes this album is amazing.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 03:52 PM
Electric Ladyland is my fav. Jimi LP,but,IMO,Axis:Bold As Love is one of the greatest "Headphone's" LP's ever released....very trippy production......

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 03:58 PM
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Well, no offense, guys, but I the tracks I could easily skip (except this is a tape) are
* "E.X.P.": "he may be an outer worldly being come down for a short time to conquer, then leave" = silly '60s UFO stuff, esp. the speeded-up announcer's voice; anyway, I don't go for the idea that Jimi's from Mars or wherever



Peter,
You wanted an explanation for E.X.P. My guess would be L.S.D.....

Or at least some pretty good hash...

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 04:00 PM
Happy to see some Axis fans here. I love all three of the "first three" but Axis has always been my favorite.

Castles Made of Sand is definately my favorite Axis track

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 06:09 PM
oh how true......a remarkable supreme combination of songwriting and guitar playing....
and jimi singing...
Well - we're all bold as love.....just ask the axis....he knows everything....

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 06:25 PM
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Electric Ladyland is my fav. Jimi LP,but,IMO,Axis:Bold As Love is one of the greatest "Headphone's" LP's ever released....very trippy production......
even more amazing is the fact that the original mix for side 1 was lost, and Jimi, Chas Chandler, and Eddie Kramer remixed the whole side again in one 18-hour session...


great record, and I love "Wait Until Tomorrow", "Up From The Skies", "Ain't No telling", "one Rainy Wish, "Little Miss Lover", "Bold As Love", "If 6 Were 9"...great, great, record...even Noel's song is good...

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 07:15 PM
Axis is awesome, esp. Castles Made of Sand and Little Wing (Did Peter Nelson diss Little Wing or am I tripping?)

I happen to LOVE the album he was working on when he checked out, The Cry of Love. Think that it shows just how intricate Hendrix's studio work would have gotten had he stuck around... the percussion, the multi-tracked guitars, the intricate song structures ... That's an underappreciated classic right there.

 

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Axis is awesome, esp. Castles Made of Sand and Little Wing (Did Peter Nelson diss Little Wing or am I tripping?)

I happen to LOVE the album he was working on when he checked out, The Cry of Love. Think that it shows just how intricate Hendrix's studio work would have gotten had he stuck around... the percussion, the multi-tracked guitars, the intricate song structures ... That's an underappreciated classic right there.
total concurment with that - my favorite would be Cry Of Love (or "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" - whatever)

Drifting, Ezy Rider, Room Full Of Mirrors, Freedom, Hey Baby...

man, the stuff he was doing when he died was TOP NOTCH...

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 07:45 PM
What a great album I never did understand why you always found this in the bargain bin!

 

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What a great album I never did understand why you always found this in the bargain bin!

which one?

Axis or New Rising Sun?

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 08:57 PM
Voodoo Chile Slight return...still gives me goosebumps..the opening is maybe the best opening number for a concert i ever heard..

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 09:16 PM
Love Axis,ElectricLadyland, but my favorite Hendrix is also Cry of Love. Its all good except that tune on Axis by Noel,that song sucks.

Cry of Love was where Jimi was heading musically, you could hear Eazy Rider all the way down the block from my house when my brother and I lived home.The neighbors did not quite get it I do not think,nor did they really appreciate it. That was a big loss when Jimi moved on.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2006 at 06:01 PM
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Axis is awesome, esp. Castles Made of Sand and Little Wing (Did Peter Nelson diss Little Wing or am I tripping?)
Pete, you trippin'. Look what I wrote:
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* "Wait Until Tomorrow": "his R&B roots" = pedestrian ditty with Curtis Mayfield rhythm guitar and fills; "Little Wing" is related but more substantial
I think that should be pretty clear! Let me rearrange that comment's building blocks, though:

" 'Little Wing' is related" to "Wait Until Tomorrow"--
showing Jimi's " 'R&B roots,' " especially with the "Curtis Mayfield rhythm guitar and fills"--
but is "more substantial" than the "pedestrian" "Wait Until Tomorrow."

Next thing you know, you're going to be overreacting to your misinterpretations of the statements of--oh, I don't know--baseball players.
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I happen to LOVE the album he was working on when he checked out, The Cry of Love. Think that it shows just how intricate Hendrix's studio work would have gotten had he stuck around... the percussion, the multi-tracked guitars, the intricate song structures ... That's an underappreciated classic right there.
On the positive side, Pete, the rest of your post is a great coincidence, because I've looked up this aged thread precisely because of something while sitting here posting and listening to my Cry of Love / Rainbow Bridge tape. (Of course I have the LPs, and long before First Rays of the New Rising Sun was put together, I wanted these two albums on one tape--so, like this afternoon, they can loop indefinitely ).

So, finally, here's why I wanted to post: At one point I was reminded surprisingly strongly of those "Curtis Mayfield rhythm guitar and fills" that are so explicit on Axis: Bold as Love. In particular, the opening of "Hey Baby," but also the fills during the vocals, struck me way more than usual with this (everything about this song seems so totally Jimi, I almost never think of Mayfield). "Hey Baby" (okay, it's from Rainbow Bridge) was recorded on 1970.07.01, so it's over 2 years after Axis, and Jimi's interpretation of Mayfield has become a lot more individualistic, but a lot of it can still be traced back to Mayfield.

Mayfield, Mayfield, Mayfield--I'm not even a super fan of his, but I hafta appreciate his positive influence on musicians I really, really like. Duane would do some cool things on Wilson Pickett's Hey Jude album that seem directly taken from Mayfield, whereas his studio mate Jimmy Johnson had a more countryish version of those fills (maybe similar notes but a bit different sense of timing and more twangy). Or perhaps Mayfield and Johnson were drawing from the same Southern well--I don't know--but Duane seemed to be more locked into (and going beyond) Mayfield himself. Interestingly, though Duane had already developed his own individualistic take on Mayfield, he didn't seem to go further with it in the years to come--just kinda dropped it.

Hey-hey! Bonus association of little import
The titles "Hey Baby" and Hey Jude both need commas:
"Hey, Baby"
Hey, Jude
. . .

HAP!py New Year, Pete and everybody!

 

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  posted on 12/31/2006 at 06:09 PM
Axis is my favorite Jimi record also .
 

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  posted on 12/31/2006 at 06:38 PM
always loved "Axis" - thought it was tremedously underrated
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  posted on 12/31/2006 at 07:52 PM
scored this as an early Christmas present this year.....Axis light box....it's about 5" deep

 

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  posted on 1/1/2007 at 12:26 AM
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Love Axis,ElectricLadyland, but my favorite Hendrix is also Cry of Love. Its all good except that tune on Axis by Noel,that song sucks.

Cry of Love was where Jimi was heading musically, you could hear Eazy Rider all the way down the block from my house when my brother and I lived home.The neighbors did not quite get it I do not think,nor did they really appreciate it. That was a big loss when Jimi moved on.


I'm with you, Neil. Cry of Love is not only my favorite Hendrix album, it's one of my top favorite records..period! LOVE IT!!!

 

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  posted on 1/1/2007 at 12:54 PM
Neil,

Ezy Ryder was made to be listened to with the volume set to 14....

 

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  posted on 1/1/2007 at 01:50 PM
For those who are familiar with Rose Hill Drive, they performed this album in it's entirety last night and the 30th for their new years show in Colorado. They are a great band. Last year it was Zeppelin 1. As I see it(they are taper friendly), I will post a link. Phil
 
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