The Jimi Hendrix Experience ‎– Axis: Bold As Love

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Analogue Productions ‎– UHQR 0001, Legacy ‎– 19075812451, Experience Hendrix ‎– 19075812451, Sony Music Commercial Music Group ‎– 19075812451
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Stereo, 200 Gram
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Tracklist

A1 EXP
A2 Up From The Skies
A3 Spanish Castle Magic
A4 Wait Until Tomorrow
A5 Ain't No Telling
A6 Little Wing
A7 If Six Was Nine
B1 You've Got Me Floating
B2 Castles Made Of Sand
B3 She's So Fine
B4 One Rainy Wish
B5 Little Miss Lover
B6 Bold As Love

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Analogue Productions' UHQR reissue, which includes mono and stereo versions (this is stereo edition). Pressed by Quality Record Pressings on 200 gram Clarity Vinyl with manual Finebilt press. Stereo version limited to 5000 pressings.

Number is on back cover, see image.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker on the cellophane wrap ): 7 53088 80011 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 etched): UHQR-0001 19075812451-A BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 etched): 19075812451-B BG

Other Versions (5 of 271) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
613 003 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold As Love(LP, Album, Gat) Track Record 613 003 UK 1967 Sell This Version
847 243-2 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold As Love(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 847 243-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
820 167, 0820 167, XBLY 820 167 Jimi Hendrix Experience* Axis: Bold As Love(LP, Album, RE) Barclay, Barclay, Barclay 820 167, 0820 167, XBLY 820 167 France 1967 Sell This Version
LPHM612003, LPHM 612003 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold As Love(LP, Album, Mono) Polydor, Polydor LPHM612003, LPHM 612003 New Zealand 1967 Sell This Version
2459 391 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold As Love(LP, Album, RE) Polydor 2459 391 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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odshowtime

odshowtime

September 10, 2019

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

BigHam4Discs2

August 31, 2019

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

leonthepro

July 19, 2019
edited 8 days ago

Being lucky enough to get one of the very last copies available, although still number 3507 strangely enough, I decided to compare very in depth with my UK track original and Sterling 2010 cut.
At first I went in expecting everything to be improved across the board, however that turns out to be rather high expectations even for 100$. The others were from tape as well after all.
On a first impression basis its easy to note some of the advantages for the UHQR, having great presence and detail all around. But I examined most tracks one after another to be as fair as can be.
briefly, I must mention that I love the decision to finally bring out Jimi's vocals on the opening radio track, EXP. It was always so quite and buried, making me fantasize about adjusting that part if I ever were to master this album myself. Im glad Grundman and I could agree on this small detail change, and perhaps it was already on his other cuts of the album like the Mono Classic or Sony, but I digress.
Starting out with the UK and moving up to the Sterling I was enjoying the overall louder and more clear mastering, which really sounds well rounded to me even still, bringing the bass and crispness up a hefty amount.
Its too bad then that the UHQR actually decides to shy out somewhat on the bass in comparison, even compared to the UK on some parts, but this is mostly because of their EQs. Its less loose and still audible mind you, but doesn't have much impact unlike the Sterling.
On the other hand, Grundman, as he usually likes to do, brings out the drums just oh so well. Its the most striking difference Id say, combined with the slightly superior presence and punch of the UHQR, as well as the refinement which I have no idea how the man does it, just makes the cymbals and reverb so lush and brimming with realism, to the extent which the tape allows anyway. Its near Jazz album levels of sweetness.
My UK Track is also quite nice in this regard but with the lack of presence it really doesn't do much for the cut in the end.
Vocals also have a somewhat more in the room conjuration but it really goes for the entire mid range frequencies.
As always, Grundman also separates and projects all the sounds so masterfully in the soundstage. A great example of this is the guitar on Spanish Castle Magic where certain notes I never picked up on before really struck me as more highlighted, perhaps even manually like the intro vocals.
However, one downside to all these positives is the tape hiss. Fortunately this is rarely a big issue but it is vastly more audible on certain parts compared to the Sterling or UK. The EXP intro for example, as mentioned Jimi's line is brought out more but its clear to hear that the tape hiss increases right before he speaks.
This doesn't mean that its louder necessarily, in fact the Sterling is the loudest but doesn't suffer from this at all from a listeners perspective. It is audible here too, like at the end of Castles Made of Sand, but never bothered me. On the UHQR it does somewhat take me out of it and hampers the immersion on that song.
One aspect which can not be determined through song by song listening though, is ear fatigue. Its likely the most damning aspect of the Sterling cut and if it wasn't for it I would be harder pressed to decide on a favorite release.
This is something I never did quite feel with the UK or UHQR, they simply are less harsh somehow, probably with the more refined drums on Grundmans cut and the overall more laid back performance of the UK, coupled with its lower EQ which at times muffles vocals too much.
Lastly, one should lead into the pressing quality of each. There was much talk of the UHQRs high quality pressing method, borrowed from Classic Records, the packaging also includes information on it. Although I cant say its the quietest pressing Ive heard, its more than enough so, as the aforementioned tape hiss overrides any amazing pressing quality. My Sterling is near dead quiet for its playing levels anyway, and who would ever demanded more? Unfortunately my UK is a bit crackly, as most copies these days, and I really suggest anyone finding a close to NM example if they want to fully enjoy this release. Not to mention it needing to be played about 30% louder than your average record, which only adds to the problem.
In the end, Im quite happy with all my purchases, neither of them will surely lose their value.

To summarize:
The UHQR is a midrange king, with amazing presence and detail, only suffering from tape hiss and slight lack of bass.
The Sterling is a modern like approach with crispness and bass to boot, but being slightly harsh and artificial at times.
The UK is a laid back yet mostly natural sounding piece of history, dropping points for lack of presence and muffling.

Personal Current Ranking:
1. UHQR
2. Sterling
3. UK Track
?. US Steamboat

Equipment Used:
Technics SL1210GR with Paratrace tipped Nagaoka MP-200
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
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The_Vinyl_Dealer

The_Vinyl_Dealer

June 20, 2019
Compared this one with a couple other Stereo versions of AXIS. Hands down the best version of this album.
Zimmer-man

Zimmer-man

June 13, 2019
Surely the best way to listen this Hendrix masterpiece.
Perfect Stereo mix; high quality vinyl... Absolutely recommended!!
DLoew

DLoew

June 7, 2019

Dead silent and full of life. An utterly fantastic listen.