Axis: Bold As Love (1968, 1997)
Created by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive

license to MCA Records, Inc. in 1967 and 1997.
Peaked at the 3rd spot on Billboard's Pop Albums and # 6

on Billboard's
Black Albums in 1968.
        Jimi Hendrix's second album followed up his

groundbreaking debut effort with a solid collection of great

tunes and great interactive playing between himself, Noel
Redding, Mitch Mitchell, and the recording studio itself. Wisely choosing manager Chas Chandler to

record the album, since he was in the midst of a creative hot streak, Hendrix stretched further musically

than the first album, but even more so as a songwriter. He was still quite capable of coming up with

spacy rockers like "You Got Me Floating," "Up From the Skies," and "Little Miss Lover," radio-ready to

follow on the commercial heels of "Foxey Lady" and "Purple Haze." But the beautiful, wistful ballads

"Little Wing," "Castles Made of Sand," "One Rainy Wish," and the title track set closer show remarkable

growth and depth as a tunesmith, harnessing Curtis Mayfield soul guitar to Dylanesque lyrical imagery

and Fuzz Face hyperactivity to produce yet another side to his grand psychedelic musical vision. These

are tempered with Jimi's most avant-garde tracks yet, "EXP" and the proto-fusion jazz blowout of "If 6

Was 9." (
Cub Koda - All Music Guide)
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        "I wanna know about the new mother earth/ I wanna hear and see everything," announced Jimi

Hendrix on "Up From the Skies," the mission statement of
Axis: Bold As Love, his second album with

his band the Experience. Hendrix's delicate touch on the wah-wah pedal (a recent invention in 1968)

glides and teases airily, drawing the ear into an album that wanted to take you higher, past gravity or

limits of any kind. The late bassist Noel Redding (see Page 22) kept the album on some sort of earthly

axis, while drummer Mitch Mitchell was no less a renegade than Hendrix when it came to

expressionistic frenzy; you can hear the two collide, commune and converse on such tracks as "Spanish

Castle Magic."

        Generally overlooked on
Axis were taut, funky, could've-been-hits such as "Ain't No Telling," "Wait

Until Tomorrow" and "Little Miss Lover."
Axis' reputation was forged on its more mystical numbers: the

achingly lyrical "Little Wing," the straight-world kiss-off "If 6 Was 9." Lyrically, Hendrix tosses out dreamy

references to gold ships, golden gardens, rainbows and dragonflies -- in words and sound, he argues

that the universe is a wondrous place full of magic to those willing to open their consciousness. Dig.

(
Parke Puterbaugh - RollingStone.com)
Album Play List

1. EXP 1:55
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

2. Up From The Skies 2:55
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.
Peaked at # 82 on Billboard's Pop Singles in 1968.

3. Spanish Castle Magic 3:00 (Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

4. Wait Until Tomorrow 3:00
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

5. Ain't No Telling 1:46
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

6. Little Wing 2:24 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

7. If 6 Was 9  5:32 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

8. You Got Me Floatin' 2:45 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

9. Castles Made Of Sand 2:46 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

10. She's So Fine 2:37 (
Recommended)
Written by Noel Redding
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)/Joint Music Co., Inc. (BMI)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

11. One Rainy Wish 3:40
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

12. Little Miss Lover 2:20 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.

13. Bold As Love 4:09 (
Recommended)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. (ASCAP)
©1997, 1968 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to MCA Records, Inc.
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