The Jimi Hendrix Experience ‎– Axis: Bold As Love

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The original UK Track issue [Dec 1967] is a gatefold. Cover image is oriented 90-degrees right to spine and is laminated, with an unlaminated inside [flipback] spread of a Silverstein photo of the trio. It has an orange-printed 4-page insert with red text lyrics.

There is no insert in the US issue [1968], which has the lyrics on the inside spread. Polydor issues in Europe do not have printed lyrics and the French has a different sleeve. The mono issues were available in UK, US, Australia and New Zealand [US issues on cover have "mono" in l/c on 1st issue & "mono" or "stereo" in serif caps on 2nd+ issues] - stereo available worldwide. All issues have a 2nd A-Side mix, after the original A-side Master was lost. The mono has distinct differences in the [separate] mix to the stereo, most noticeable in the vocals. EXP is a lot shorter in mono mix than in stereo.

Tracklist

EXP
Up From The Skies
Spanish Castle Magic
Wait Until Tomorrow
Ain't No Telling
Little Wing
If Six Was Nine
You've Got Me Floating
Castles Made Of Sand
She's So Fine
One Rainy Wish
Little Miss Lover
Bold As Love

Versions (10 of 272)

Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Axis: Bold As Love (LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Experience Hendrix 88697 62396 1 US 2010
Axis: Bold As Love (LP, Album, RP, Pit) Reprise Records RS 6281 US 1968
Axis: Bold As Love (LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Experience Hendrix 88875134521 Europe 2015
Axis: Bold As Love (LP, Album, Mono, Num, RM, 200) Experience Hendrix 88765419711 US 2013
Axis: Bold As Love (LP, Album, RE, Win) Reprise Records RS 6281 US 1976
Axis: Bold As Love (LP, Album, Gat) Track Record 613 003 UK 1967
Axis: Bold As Love (LP, Album, Tri) Reprise Records RS 6281 US 1968
Axis: Bold As Love (LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Experience Hendrix 88697 65068 1 Europe 2010
Axis: Bold As Love (CD, Album, RE, RM) Experience Hendrix MCD11601 Europe 1997
Axis: Bold As Love (LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Experience Hendrix MCA-11601 US 1997

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vinrev

vinrev

January 18, 2020
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, SACD, Hybrid, Album, Mono, RM, CAPP 19792 SA
Absolutely fantastic sound! I totally agree with the Analogue planet's comment: Best Digital Release Ever! Hard to be beaten by any vinyl.
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

January 16, 2020
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Num, RE, 200, UHQR 0002, 19075812461
I typically prefer Mono versions for 60s albums over their Stereo counterparts. But is this album better in Mono? With all the guitar effects used does that translate better in the mono format than stereo? Someone please enlighten me as I've never heard Hendrix in Mono before. Thanks.
earofthebehearer

earofthebehearer

January 2, 2020
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, LP, Album, Mono, Gat, 612003
My copy is exactly the same in every way but Stereo 61 3003
MX 155/28 613003 A (upside down triangle) 1 etched on Side 1
MX 155/29 613003- 2B (upside down triangle) (2 which has had an X over it) 2 etched on Side 2
BBop_Records

BBop_Records

November 28, 2019
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, LP, Album, Unofficial, Ⓢ FL-1610
If anyone is looking for a copy, let us know. Willing to trade for equal value. Here is our want list. https://www.discogs.com/sell/mywants
leonthepro

leonthepro

November 11, 2019
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, RP, 200, 612 003

This is a great way to listen to Axis in Mono.
It is slightly low end leaning, making it necessary to crank just a little extra to get the full soundstage you want. That means its bringing the bass with it too, and its up there with the 2010 Sterling stereo for comparisons sake. Better than the UHQR anyhow.
It also has the high end surprisingly, with some guitar notes striking some real sharpness and volume where as the UHQR is slightly more tamed and less harsh for better or worse.
I should not compare too much as these are different mixes. It is fun to pick out some of them, but as the inner states its not all that different unless you know it inside and out.
Some of the mixing is strange on this one however. It sometimes changes from a very direct sound to a more reverb filled and spacious presentation. Maybe I never noticed it on the Stereos but I think its just a factor of the Mono mix.
Vocals are certainly present, and on some songs drums and guitars can be quite recessed. They do have the classy shimmer to them at least. On Little Wing it changes from direct to reverb filled as mentioned, but it brings out the drum attacks in the short solo passage better than any other cut Ive heard, very satisfying.
It really makes you wonder what could be done if this was remixed completely.
If the King Crimson remixes are anything to go by some amazing things could be done.
For now this is a great way to hear the Mono, but not my main avenue as I really prefer the Stereo. The idea that Mono makes it a cleaner presentation I think is misleading what with some of the strange mixing choices.
Otherwise the 180 gram pressing is quiet and worthwhile in that regard as the tape hiss is much less present unlike on the UHQR. Although cant promise the same for the 200 gram release.

Equipment Used:
Rega RP1 with Paratrace tipped Nagaoka MP-200
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
Custom made HQ Speaker Cables
leonthepro

leonthepro

November 11, 2019
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, LP, Album, TP, none
This is a great way to listen to Axis in Mono.
It is slightly low end leaning, making it necessary to crank just a little extra to get the full soundstage you want. That means its bringing the bass with it too, and its up there with the 2010 Sterling stereo for comparisons sake. Better than the UHQR anyhow.
It also has the high end surprisingly, with some guitar notes striking some real sharpness and volume where as the UHQR is slightly more tamed and less harsh for better or worse.
I should not compare too much as these are different mixes. It is fun to pick out some of them, but as the inner states its not all that different unless you know it inside and out.
Some of the mixing is strange on this one however. It sometimes changes from a very direct sound to a more reverb filled and spacious presentation. Maybe I never noticed it on the Stereos but I think its just a factor of the Mono mix.
Vocals are certainly present, and on some songs drums and guitars can be quite recessed. They do have the classy shimmer to them at least. On Little Wing it changes from direct to reverb filled as mentioned, but it brings out the drum attacks in the short solo passage better than any other cut Ive heard, very satisfying.
It really makes you wonder what could be done if this was remixed completely.
If the King Crimson remixes are anything to go by some amazing things could be done.
For now this is a great way to hear the Mono, but not my main avenue as I really prefer the Stereo. The idea that Mono makes it a cleaner presentation I think is misleading what with some of the strange mixing choices.
Otherwise the 180 gram pressing is quiet and worthwhile in that regard as the tape hiss is much less present unlike on the UHQR. Although cant promise the same for the 200 gram release.

Equipment Used:
Rega RP1 with Paratrace tipped Nagaoka MP-200
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
Custom made HQ Speaker Cables
leonthepro

leonthepro

November 11, 2019
edited 2 months ago
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 180, 612 003

This is a great way to listen to Axis in Mono.
It is slightly low end leaning, making it necessary to crank just a little extra to get the full soundstage you want. That means its bringing the bass with it too, and its up there with the 2010 Sterling stereo for comparisons sake. Better than the UHQR anyhow.
It also has the high end surprisingly, with some guitar notes striking some real sharpness and volume where as the UHQR is slightly more tamed and less harsh for better or worse.
I should not compare too much as these are different mixes. It is fun to pick out some of them, but as the inner states its not all that different unless you know it inside and out.
Some of the mixing is strange on this one however. It sometimes changes from a very direct sound to a more reverb filled and spacious presentation. Maybe I never noticed it on the Stereos but I think its just a factor of the Mono mix.
Vocals are certainly present, and on some songs drums and guitars can be quite recessed. They do have the classy shimmer to them at least. On Little Wing it changes from direct to reverb filled as mentioned, but it brings out the drum attacks in the short solo passage better than any other cut Ive heard, very satisfying.
It really makes you wonder what could be done if this was remixed completely.
If the King Crimson remixes are anything to go by some amazing things could be done.
For now this is a great way to hear the Mono, but not my main avenue as I really prefer the Stereo. The idea that Mono makes it a cleaner presentation I think is misleading what with some of the strange mixing choices.
Otherwise the 180 gram pressing is quiet and worthwhile in that regard as the tape hiss is much less present unlike on the UHQR. Although cant promise the same for the 200 gram release.

Equipment Used:
Rega RP1 with Paratrace tipped Nagaoka MP-200
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
Custom made HQ Speaker Cables

nick2015

nick2015

October 6, 2019
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, LP, Album, RP, Gat, RS 6281
I have a copy of this album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Axis: Bold as Love". When I purchased it, the seller informed me it was a second pressing, it is even written on a paper sticker on the upper right hand corner of the clear plastic sleeve used for housing the vinyl. However, when I looked it up identifying it by it's matrix numbers and letters, etc, disclogs claims it was released in 1970 and that cannot possibly be a second pressing since this album's US release was in Jan 15, 1968. So, my question is,was I lied to? Or, by some bizarre chance does the second pressing run into 1970? It's matrix numbers and other identification on the dead wax on this vinyl is, side 1: 30726 RS 6281-BIG SXT DA. (side 2 is the same as side 1.) The outer sleeve logo on the upper right hand corner is W:r reprise, encased inside a circle which reads numbers, 6281. Other than its a gatefold and in stereo, that's all. I will certainly appreciate it if someone can educate me on the identity of this pressing, many thanks, Nicholas
odshowtime

odshowtime

September 10, 2019
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, 200, UHQR 0001, 19075812451

I dig it. The first song sounds like there's a fireball rotating and revolving in front of you.
BigHam4Discs2

BigHam4Discs2

August 31, 2019
referencing Axis: Bold As Love, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, 200, UHQR 0001, 19075812451

unbelievably good sound, clear, natural, full, like it was recorded yesterday