Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Axis: Bold as Love (mono) 12" Vinyl 13 Track Record 612 003 [none]
Axis: Bold as Love 12" Vinyl 13 Track Record 613 003 [none]
Axis: Bold as Love (mono) 12" Vinyl 13 Reprise Records R 6281 [none]
Axis: Bold as Love 12" Vinyl 13 Reprise Records RS 6281
Axis: Bold as Love – BackTrack 11 12" Vinyl 13 Track Record 2407 011 [none]
Axis: Bold as Love 12" Vinyl 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 2459 391
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 813 572-2 042281357220
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Reprise Records 6281-2 075992744027
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!) P20P 22002 4988005056290
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 MCA Records Canada (1970–1995) MCASD 10894 008811089429
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-10894 008811089429
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-10894 [none]
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 847 243-2 042284724326
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Experience Hendrix MCD11601 008811160128
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Experience Hendrix MCAD-11601 008811160128
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Experience Hendrix, MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-11601 008811160128
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Experience Hendrix UICY-90758 4988005502018
Axis: Bold as Love Vinyl 13 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCA-11601
Axis: Bold as Love CD + DVD-Video 13 + 1 Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88697 62163 2 886976216320
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Experience Hendrix 88697 62163 2 886976216320
Axis: Bold as Love Vinyl 13 Experience Hendrix 88697 62396 1 886976239619
Axis: Bold as Love Vinyl 13 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP 2638 4547366052855
Axis: Bold as Love 12" Vinyl 13 Music on Vinyl MOVLP079 0886976506810
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88691938922 886919389227
Axis: Bold as Love 12" Vinyl 13 Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88765419711 887654197115
Axis: Bold as Love Blu-spec CD 13 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP-30002 4547366186826
Axis: Bold as Love Hybrid SACD 26 Analogue Productions, Experience Hendrix, Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) CAPP 19792 SA 190758197920
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Reprise Records CD 6281 075992744027
Axis: Bold as Love Digital Media 13 Geffen Records [none]
Promotion
Axis: Bold as Love CD 13 Sorrisi e Canzoni TV GAI 06 06 [none]

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part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 83)
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In 1967 if you had a record contract it probably called for at least two albums...a year. Following the psychedelic depth charge of the Experience's Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix along with band and producer/manager Chas Chandler headed back into the studio for more far out fun. This time Jimi had had a little more time to craft his own material and it shows. Axis...is Hendrix's coming-of-age-in-songwriting album.

While criticisms are often levelled at Chandler for his no-nonsense approach to getting a take from the band (he eventually quit over his exasperation at Hendrix's endless perfectionism, fuelled by large quantities of dope) he still allowed the band to push the boundaries of the time. While hardly approaching George Martin's collage and laboratory approach that the Beatles benefited from on Sgt Pepper, the second album from the Experience still bristles with new sonic wonders.

Opening novelty track, "EXP" uses varispeeded tape effects, guitar whammy bars approximating the sound of UFOs and more, while "You've Got Me Floating" and "Castles Made Of Sand" utilise the signature backwards guitar that a whole generation were to copy. Even more remarkable when you consider that most solos were first takes. Final track "Bold As Love " uses the first flowerings of phasing to make Jimi's strat sound more like a whole orchestra on its trick ending.

But probably more important was the development of the aforementioned writing skills. Forced by Chandler to produce concise three/four minute mini-epics, Hendrix easily rose to the challenge turning in some of his loveliest lyrics ("One Rainy Wish", "Little Wing") wrapped in his most gorgeous ballads. "Little Wing" shows just how tasteful a player he could be as well. And that's the beauty of Axis... For every proto metal psych rocker like "If 6 Was 9" or "Spanish Castle Magic" there's a wry, funky little tale like "Wait Until Tomorrow" or mystical musing like "Bold As Love". While Hendrix would next go on to produce his masterpiece in technique and innovation on his next album, *Axis Bold As Love *stands as his peak in crafting pop rock perfection.