Episode 49 is here! Our one-year anniversary continues as we finish up The Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s second album Axis: Bold As Love!
Axis: Bold as Love is the second studio album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
The album displayed several musical styles and critics saw it as demonstrating Jimi Hendrix’s growth as a songwriter. It introduced “Spanish Castle Magic” and “Little Wing“, two Hendrix compositions that draw on his roots performing with rhythm and blues bands and would remain in his live repertoire throughout his career.
Axis: Bold as Love was quite successful and was certified platinum in the US and silver in the UK. In 2000, it was voted number 147 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). Rolling Stone ranked it number 92 on its 2020 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The album cover, which draws on Hindu religious iconography, has generated controversy. It was designed without Hendrix’s approval, and he publicly expressed his dissatisfaction.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jimi Hendrix – vocals, electric guitar, piano, recorder, glockenspiel on “Little Wing”, voice of Mr. Paul Caruso on “EXP”
Mitch Mitchell – drums, backing vocals, interviewer on “EXP”
Noel Redding – bass guitars (four- and eight-string), backing vocals, foot stomping on “If 6 Was 9”, lead vocals on “She’s So Fine”
Gary Leeds – foot stamping on “If 6 Was 9”
Graham Nash – foot stamping on “If 6 Was 9”, backing vocals on “You Got Me Floatin'”
Trevor Burton – backing vocals on “You Got Me Floatin'”
Roy Wood – backing vocals on “You Got Me Floatin'”
Chas Chandler – producer, foot stomping on “If 6 Was 9”
Eddie Kramer – chief engineer
George Chkiantz, Andy Johns and Terry Brown – engineers
Cover art – David King, Roger Law, painted heads based on a Karl Ferris group portrait (front)
Donald Silverstein – photography (UK inner portrait)
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