Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.116Ranked #82
in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Like Hendrix, AXIS was cryptic and bewitching..."
Q - 12/93, p.1364 Stars (out of 5)
- "...AXIS dazzles as the Experience creates a genre probably short-lived because nobody else could play it: jazz metal might be the appropiate tag..."
Down Beat - 8/97, p.614.5 stars (out of 5)
- "...pales only slightly in comparison [to ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?]..."
Vibe - 2/94, p.103
"...for folks who've never heard Jimi on vinyl, the rainbow fantasia world of Hendrix awaits you in all its polyphonic peacock glory...."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.52Ranked #7
in Mojo's "The 50 Most Out There Albums Of All Time" - "Far out indeed."
This 1997 reissue of AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE is a newly remastered version that restores the original album artwork. It is among the first batch of albums on Experience Hendrix, a new label controlled by Hendrix's family.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Jimi Hendrix (vocals, electic guitar); Noel Redding (vocals, bass); Mitch Mitchell (drums, background vocals).
Recorded at Olympic Studios, London, England.
Originally released on Reprise.
Includes liner notes by Jym Fahey.
Audio Remasterers: Eddie Kramer; George Marino.
Liner Note Author: Jym Fahey.
Photographers: Leni Sinclair; Peter Riches; Eddie Kramer; Baron Wolman; Bruce Fleming; James Davenport; Bill DiBacco; Wilson Lindsey; Linda McCartney.
AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE was the follow-up to ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?, and represented a much more conscious use of the recording studio's possibilities. Where his live shows continued to showcase the raw rocking power of the Experience, the recording studio gave Hendrix the composer/arranger a broader palette. There are still plenty of powerful blues/rock-inflected songs, such as the menacing "If 6 Was 9," the rolling "Spanish Castle Magic" and the spatial title tune. But "Up from the Skies" is a jazzy trio romp, featuring Hendrix's bluesy, vocalized wah-wah pedal. And on the ballads "Little Wing" and "Castles Made of Sand," Hendrix shifts the focus from the band to the silvery chord/melody accompaniments he often employed to complement his vocals. They are an orchestral effect unto themselves.