The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold as Love (1967)
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Well, Apple Music’s streak is over.
Until now, they’ve delivered on each and every one of my album search requests.
Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton’s The New Tango? No problem.
Caetano Veloso’s eponymous solo debut? Almost too easy.
Marty Robbins’s Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs? It looks like there are at least 7(!) versions of the album available to stream, which version would you like?
OK then, how about The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Axis: Bold as Love?
That’s how the steak ends?!
Fortunately, my friend Doug’s ability-to-provide-specific-music-on-demand streak is still intact, as he generously loaned me his copy of Axis: Bold as Love.
Things got off to a strange start with EXP; 50 years after its release, it still sounds like the future, a somewhat incomprehensible one at that.
In which case, maybe I can’t say that this album is a front-to-backer.
But from that point onward, there was no difficulty understanding this album’s enduring appeal.
So, at worst, Axis is a track 2-through-13-er.
And thus, Hendrix’s streak of solid albums is still very much intact as well.
What’s your favourite Hendrix guitar sound?
Plenty of Fuzz?
Wads of Wah-wah?
I’m not sure what you’d call the guitar tone in the intro to Little Wing.
But whatever it’s called, it’s my favourite.
And it proves that Jimi’s ability-to-find-the-right-tone-at-the-right-time streak was still going strong at this stage of his career.
I imagine there’s some legal issue preventing Apple from streaming this particular album, perhaps some complex estate licensing details yet to be resolved. Ditto for YouTube.
So they likely have a valid excuse for not having Jimi & friends available on demand.
I however, do not.
Considering the strength of the tones & tunes on Axis: Bold as Love, my not-owning-a-physical-copy-of-Axis:Bold-as-Love streak simply needs to end, ASAP!
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The aforementioned Doug is also a contender for the title of ‘Best Name That Tune Contestant’ that I’ve met, cheers Doug!