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THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: AXIS - BOLD AS LOVE

Jimi Hendrix

 

Proto-Prog

4.01 | 304 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

A more difficult album that often gets overlooked, stuck between its two encumbering neighbours AYE? And EL, A:BAL is nevertheless another excellent album. Stuck with that Hindu artwork, it's certainly noticeable in the racks, but it didn't carry any of the high profile hit tracks like its predecessor, so even nowadays, the album is not as "evident", in part due to some experiments.

Starting with the mind-blowing EXP track, the album produces a string of better-known tracks such as Spanish Castle, Little Wing, She's So Fine (a rare Redding-penned track), If 6 Was 9, but overall the album suffers from lesser material and there are a few fillers. Hendrix's guitar antics are still as convincing Mitchell's drumming still amazing and Redding's pedestrian bass quite apt, but Jimi was not even waiting for Noel anymore and a good third of the tracks feature him on bass. But an overly-gifted muso like Hendrix was also toying with the odd piano and blowing in a flute, which you'll hear during the course of the album.

Definitely lost between its cumbersome forerunner and successor, A:BAL remains a must for most progheads and it might even get a better opinion than the other two experiences, especially those into psych/space rock.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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