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Album Spotlight 4/27: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love (1967)
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| April 27, 2012
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The best of new and old, the adored and the forgotten; it’s the Album Spotlight on WVBR! There are bound to be some tracks here you recognize and some you may be hearing for the first time – join me every Friday afternoon from 3-7 as I bring you the Album Spotlight: a showcase of albums, from those you’ve played so much the record doesn’t even play anymore to ones you may have never had the pleasure of hearing. This week, I take a look at The Jimi Hendrix’s second album, Axis: Bold As Love!

 

 

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

 

The Primer

3:00 hour – Bold As Love

Cutting Deeper

4:00 hour – She’s So Fine

The Hit

5:00 hour – Spanish Castle Magic

Parting Shot

6:00 hour – Little Wing

 

 

The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s second studio effort was a result of pressure from their record label contract stipulation saying they needed to release two albums in 1967. There are very few musical acts that can work with that kind of pressure and still produce an album as awe-inspiring as this one. This is one of my favorite albums and, I think, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s strongest effort (Noel Redding – the bassist – happens to agree with me as well). If for no other reason than the lyrical masterpieces that some of these songs were. I’ve never heard an album that has made me “see” as much as this one did, and is loaded with some of the most intricate kinds of imagery and metaphors (see “Bold As Love,” “Castles Made Of Sand”) that open your eyes as well as your ears. It brings you just as much visual stimulation as it does auditory, and that’s why Axis: Bold As Love is such a timeless album.

 

Fun Fact:

Best album to listen to… When you have the time to close you eyes and just listen to the music with all of your senses (well maybe not taste…)

 

Other tracks to look at:

If 6 Was 9

Castles Made Of Sand

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