My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Axis: Bold as Love was recorded at Olympic Studios in London in the Summer and Fall of 1967. The Album was released in December of ’67.
*This is the second release from Hendrix and is out of order, because it was not included in a list I sometimes use when I don’t have the book handy.
What I think: I really thought I was done listening to Hendrix albums and was sort of bummed when I saw that I had skipped this one and had to go back to them. It’s not that they are bad, I’ve enjoyed parts of every one. I just sort of thought I was past them. It’s with that sentiment that this album pleasantly surprised me. Most of the songs are short, tight, melodic, soulful rock songs. And with the exception of “If 6 was 9” they all shy away from Hendrix’s stoner philosophizing. My favorite track on the album is “Castles Made of Sand” with its downward guitar part and vocals, it reminds me of a spring slowly unwinding”
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do think this should be here, more than Are You Experienced or Electric Ladyland, this album shows of Hendrix’s musical talents instead of showing of studio tricks and guitar solos.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (104/130)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 81%