The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold As Love Hybrid Stereo/Mono SACD
TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the April 2019 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Remastered From Original Analog Master Tapes
By Bernie Grundman!
Includes Mono and Stereo Mixes!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Little Wing" - Rated 366/500!
Analogue Productions presents the SACDs Jimi Hendrix fans have asked for: Hybrid
SACDs of both Axis: Bold As Love, as well as Are You Experienced, the 1967 debut
full-length studio release by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Newly remastered by
Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes, each disc contains the
mono and stereo mixes for each of these historic albums. This is pure DSD sound
Axis: Bold As Love, the sensational sophomore release of the Jimi Hendrix
Experience, showcased Hendrix's expansive experimentation while acknowledging
his early R&B and soul music influences. The album features classics such as
"Spanish Castle Magic," "Little Wing," "Castles Made Of Sand," and "If 6 Was 9."
As Rolling Stone states, Jimi Hendrix was the most innovative instrumental
genius the rock era produced, a wizard guitar player whose sense of technique
never overwhelmed the blues and rock 'n' roll spirit that was the underpinning
of his genius. He improvised with the fervor of a born jazzman; he philosophized
like the most cosmic rocker, but ultimately his basics were rooted in soul, a
reflection of the chitlin circuit, where he cut his teeth.
With the possible exception of Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was debatably
the world's finest-ever power trio. Axis was a showcase for Jimi's brash,
scintillating songs and the grasp that Jimi and his cohorts — Mitch Mitchell on
drums and Noel Redding on bass — had on the studio technology at their disposal,
and the lyrical beauty of Hendrix's guitar playing.
"The most lasting song for many is the awe-inspiring 'Little Wing.' With its
perfect blend of lead and rhythm guitar (the song's introductory phrases blurred
the line forever between the two), the tune is a pure, simple thing of beauty
... In true 1967 style, the production on Axis is superb. Jimi never sounded as
vulnerable and accessible, vocally and instrumentally, while the analog thud of
Mitch Mitchell and the solid basslines of Redding were the ultimate rhythm
section of the day - with a nod, of course, to Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker,
their only rivals in so many respects." — 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before
"(Axis) followed up Hendrix's 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 retaining
manager Chas Chandler to produce the album and Eddie Kramer as engineer, 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." — AllMusic
Bottom line, January of 1968 brought Axis: Bold As Love to the U.S., an album
that expanded Jimi's six-string flame with celestial clarity, and also brought
his rapidly evolving songwriting gift to the fore.
"(Bernie) Grundman returns to the original master tapes on this hybrid SACD
that contains both stereo and mono mixes. With the stereo mix, Grundman has
surpassed his previous achievement. That's most evident on tracks with minimal
doses of Hendrix's signature layered guitar tracks. For example, "Little Wing"
exhibits a remarkable presence, a live-in-the-studio aura. Bassist Noel
Redding's "She's So Fine" rocks with the intensity of the Who, thanks to the
newfound punchiness of the drums and bass. The delicate "One Rainy Wish"
benefits from the clarity Grundman has given these tracks." - Greg Cahill,
The Absolute Sound, April 2019
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo & Mono SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo & Mono CD Layer which is
playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes
• Includes Complete Original Monaural and Stereo Mixes made by Chas Chandler,
Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Kramer
• Tracks 1-13 are Stereo
• Tracks 14-26 are Monaural
• Pure DSD sound
• 36 Page Booklet
• Authorized Hendrix Family Edition
2. Up From The Skies
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Wait Until Tomorrow
5. Ain't No Telling
6. Little Wing
7. If 6 Was 9
8. You Got Me Floatin'
9. Castles Made Of Sand
10. She's So Fine
11. One Rainy Wish
12. Little Miss Lover
13. Bold As Love