"BOLD AS LOVE" (Jimi Hendrix, 1967)
Anger, he smiles,
Towering in shiny metallic purple armour,
Queen Jealousy, envy waits behind him,
Her fiery green gown sneers at the grassy ground.
Blue are the life-giving waters taken for granted,
They quietly understand.
Once happy turquoise armies lay opposite ready,
But wonder why the fight is on,
But they're all bold as love, yeah, they're all bold as love.
Yeah, they're all bold as love....
Just ask the axis.
My red is so confident that he flashes trophies of war,
And ribbons of euphoria,
Orange is young, full of daring,
But very unsteady for the first go round.
My yellow in this case is not so mellow,
In fact, I'm trying to say it's frightened like me,
And all these emotions of mine, keep holding me from,
Giving my life to a rainbow like you,
But, I'm , yeah, I'm bold as love,
Well I'm bold, bold as love, hear me talking, girl,
I'm bold as love,
Just ask the axis, he knows everything....
JIMI HENDRIX: "Axis Bold As Love" LP. VERY FIRST UK PRESSING, 1st DECEMBER 1967, IN RARE STEREO.
Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year to all, a strong emphasis falls on 'peaceful' with the threat of the escalation of yet
another war. Dropping bombs never has and never will solve anything, just one innocent life lost makes those who ordered the
atrocities, no better than the lunatic terrorists. All a wise man in 1969 was saying........"Why not give peace a chance?"
Two years earlier, the 1967 'Summer Of Love' was epitomised when the Beatles performed "All You Need Is Love" live in front of
TV cameras, the message was simple, effective and delivered to the whole world. The first global satellite TV broadcast was
just as much a peace anthem as "Give Peace A Chance", John Lennon was not alone as a 'dreamer' and as the year drew to the last
few weeks, a sensational album was released by the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the very peak of psychedelic music. 1967 never
showed any sign of running out of inspiration, from the beginning of the year and with every passing month, artists were producing
ever more incredible and innovative albums throughout the year. Even in those final few weeks the most amazing albums still just
kept coming! In December, two of the greatest 60's records and cover artwork, "Satanic Majesties Request" and "Axis Bold As Love"
were visually and audibly mind blowing in every sense of that much abused 60's term. After Jimi's magnificent earlier debut album
in May,1967, "Are You Experienced," Jimi Hendrix had the necessary studio experience to create a real masterpiece with "Axis".
Freshly written stunning new songs had the most poetic lyrics of his short but productive lifetime, with his astounding visionary
musical genius, along with the Experience and Eddie Kramer's production & recording skills,"Axis Bold As Love" stands shoulder to
shoulder with the most inspired records ever made. To illustrate that lyrical genius and how Lennon was not the only dreamer, the
final verse of "One Rainy Wish" from Side 2 represents Jimi Hendrix at his most lyrically inspired:
It's only a dream,
I'd love to tell somebody about this dream,
The sky was filled with a thousand stars,
While the sun kissed the mountains blue,
And eleven moons played across rainbows,
Above me and you.
Gold and rose, the color of the velvet walls surround us.
It might not be possible to accept Jimi Hendrix could possibly be underrated, but the above verse and all the tracks on "Axis,"
have not been given the accolades for the lyrics, the main emphasis is always on the soundscapes. I will later include how Jimi
accidentally lost the Master Tape of Side 1, but once recreated, this very first made UK 1967 Stereo mix has breathtaking stereo
panning effects, painstakingly crafted to give the maximum sensory psychedelic effects. I will also discuss differences between
the Mono and Stereo mixes, a reminder is required that "Axis Bold As Love" was Jimi's first ever UK album mixed in true Stereo.
TEXTURED MATT BLACK TRACK LABEL: 613003.
In late 1967 the Track label had a distinctive raised area around the outer rim, forming a ridge, plus the usual Polydor 1960's
press that produced a concentric ring around the spindle hole, one side with a concave grove on one side and convex on the other.
The thickly textured label paper is the easeist to read the spindle contacts from, these immaculate labels show only two plays,
two faint traces also mean it was most likely one play, removing records from 60's autoplay spindles involved getting past the
protruding sprung retaining clip. I have to be aware ebay buyers are constantly being frustrated by ridiculous grading's and for
me to state 'most likely one play' for a first pressing of a Jimi Hendrix album, I demand more proof from all the printed items.
The label pictures demonstatrate I do not require them, although the cover and the poster / lyric insert positively substantiate
that statement. Please look at Side 2's picture for the thick wedge of vinyl shavings in and around the spindle hole, a rare sight
for any 60's record due to the just described top of the era's spindle design. With even way, way below average low plays, no way
could Side 1 retain the lesser amount, but Side 2's centre would only need one more inaccurate centre hole alignment on today's
smooth sided spindle. I will play the record with my usual careful alignment but keep that to just the one undetectable play, with
the same care that 'just pressed' appearance can be preserved indefinitely, my respect for a Mint "Axis" goes beyond just being
an ebay record seller, I bought every record as they were released. Familiarity with the first pressings began in December,1967,
but I am still in awe of such incredible condition, especially when I think about the state of my very heavily played and handled
original..... by 1968!
MAITRIX: 612003 A ▽ 1 1 1 1 1 1 / 612003 B ▽ 1 1 1 1 1 1
I often dismiss the digits following the two Side's actual digit due to the mostly complete loss of a logical indexing, although
they are spread around the run-out grooves and stamped at random, this time I have included all five per side. Not in pictures
due to the restrictions, but given in full above because I have only seen all 10 digits stamped '1' onto both sides, on 'the very
first' of the UK first pressings.
1967 TRACK / POLYDOR POLY LINED INNER SLEEVE, A MAJOR RARITY AND ONLY A MINT RECORD WOULD STILL HAVE A
NEAR 50 YEAR OLD ORIGINAL. FEW WERE DATE STAMPED AS EARLY AS 1967....BUT THIS WAS, THE 1967 FORMAT
PLACED THE ENCODED DATE ON THE FRONT LEFT BOTTOM RIM, ALONG WITH THE "Made In England" TEXT.
"British Patent" IS ON THE RIGHT, WHEN POLYDOR / TRACK ETC. ADDED THE CENTRAL BOXED WARNING ABOUT
THE PLASTIC LINING BEING DANGEROUS TO YOUNG CHILDREN, THEY REVERSED THE ABOVE ITEMS POSITION'S.
THE ENCODED DATE CAN BE SEEN CLOSE UP IN A COMPILED INSERT PICTURE:
11-7 = November, 1967.
1960's Polydor inner's took it for granted we all knew the decade, so the last digit indicated the actual year of the 1960's and
November, 1967 for a 1st December release, meant the records were pressed and inner sleeves printed in November, 1967.
I am still amazed to find a dated inner, let alone not ripped to shreds and unable to hold and protect the record, this only has
a record impression and related creases and moderate ageing. No tears or seam splits and all the correct traits of a virtually
unused inner sleeve.
THE INNER SLEEVE IS IN EXCELLENT+++ / NEAR MINT MINT CONDITION.
WITH THE VERY RARE FIRST ISSUE ONLY, "Axis" POSTER / ALBUM LYRIC INSERT, THIS WAS UNIQUE TO SOME
OF THE VERY FIRST MONO & STEREO PRESSINGS, THE EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN FIRST PRESSINGS DID NOT HAVE
The poster/lyric has become so desired due to it only being printed exclusively for the British albums, then there was the matter
of how few were made! Not all the UK first issues had them, a Limited Edition was placed in only some of the cover, Track did
exactly the same 14 days after "Axis Bold As Love" was released. On the 15th December, "The Who Sell Out" album also had a
poster inside, but once again strictly as a Limited Edition, if not numbered, for the second time only some first pressing had a
poster inside, hence the acute rarity today.
I am never comfortable giving double definitions of an insert....so, is this a poster or a lyrics insert? In my humble opinion a
lyric insert inside an LP cover can be, and often is, a simple white background to basic back print. Well, this is purely 1960's
and as psychedelic as the Who's poster, the stunning bright, deep orange colour with red printing, and a white band picture that
includes the orange colour and sections of the lyrics, looks absolutely stunning framed and hung on a wall.... like a poster.
The 11.5 inches height was dictated by the 12" cover and as a double folded item, the near two feet width is certainly large
enough to hang on a wall. With the deluxe semi-glossy thick paper and such incredible artwork, for me, this is a poster.
THE ACTUAL PAPER IS SEMI-GLOSSY BUT VERY THIN PAPER AND MOST ARE TORN AND SEVERELY DAMAGED.
OPENED, THE SINGLE FOLDED POSTER / LYRIC INSERT MEASURES, 23" x 11.5 ", (11.5" x 11.5 " FOLDED)
DEEP ORANGE BACKGROUND TO RED COLOUR LYRICS, A JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE PICTURE OCCUPIES THE CENTRE
CENTRE IN WHITE. DIRECTLY UNDER AND ON SOME OF THE WHITE BAND PICTURE "The Jimi Hendrix Experience"
LETTERING IS IN THE SAME RED AS THE LYRICS AND ALBUM TILE TOP CENTRE. ALTHOUGH THE LABELS CREDIT
ONLY THE MUSIC PUBLISHING RIGHTS WITH 'A. Schroeder Music Publishing Co. Ltd.', THE RIGHT BOTTOM
RIM OF THE POSTER CREDITS THE FULL LATE 1966 - LATE 1967 MUSIC PUBLISHING COPYRIGHTS:
(c) 1967 Yameta Co. Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas c/o Sea-Lark Enterprises Inc. A. Schroeder Music Publishing Co. Ltd.
The non printed side of the poster is still the original pure white on the reverse side, literally no ageing or yellowing here or
on the front, that includes the Experience's white picture looking like brand new. Astonishing to see the intensive orange colour
completely unfaded and that enhances the lovely contrast to the pure white band picture, the psychedelic almost luminous colours
were nothing less than sensational. For this particular 1967 poster/insert to be unaged and unfaded etc. is real pleasure to see.
With the first issue front compartment glued together, the poster had to been in the back for 48 years alongside the record, but
such caring storage has only left really minor paper ripples. Which are quite natural to how the shiny paper settles into, in
fact, this looks like it has never left the cover! All the edges lay flat and are perfectly sharp edged and unfrayed, positively
no pin holes or sellotape because it was never on display. As the one and only Track label Jimi Hendrix insert/ poster issued
in Jimi's lifetime, without a USA version, I cannot stress enough how superb this is to hold and see without tears and creases,
please my pictures for an accurate representation of all items.
THE UNUSED POSTER/ LYRIC INSERT IS IN MINT- CONDITION.
VERY FIRST "Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd. London" LAMINATED GATEFOLD COVER WITH INTERNAL FLIPBACK EDGES
FINISHED MTERED OR AT 45 DEGREES. AS THE VERY FIRST STEREO PRESSING, THE TOP LEFT CORNER HAS A
TRACK RECORDS 'Stereo' STICKER.
Track were ahead of their time to make a gatefold cover with 'Stereo & Mono' catalogue numbers inside, the position was of course
impracticable and that should have been on the outside to work in record shops for staff and buyers alike. Then the standing edge
actual spine was only printed with the continuous artwork covering both outside panels, top opening gatefold covers always have
that problem and it was far better to not have the artwork disturbed with catalogue numbers and formats. Mono records were taken
for granted as the overwhelming majority in 1967, they were only alerting all concerned about a Stereo first pressing. Strictly
December '67 first issues only had an oblong white sticker with rounded corners hand applied to the front top left corner, so few
authentic Stereo first pressings were made, only one area picked to place the 'Stereo' sticker. Once again I was surprised to
see this sticker's light red colour background pattern not rubbed away or just stained and severed yellowed, the actual lettering
was thick and solid. Please see my close up picture for that, I had to double up the picture of a second small circular sticker
on the opposite right top corner, I was even more amazed because this unbelievable condition "Axis Bold As Love" still has the
original December, 1967 UK record shop price. Handwritten of course, in blue ink the price of Jimi's second album was '33 / 2' or
or '£1-13s-2d' , before Feb.1971 a pound was equivalent to 20 shillings, was that really too hard to follow? I sincerely hope the
next owner does not remove it because the historical aspect of the actual record shop price....is priceless, especially for such
all round fantastic condition.
Hardly any negative condition comments required here and they are no more than light standing in storage traits, as ever, the top
top opening design placing the spine as the standing edge, affects the extreme tips. Even that is as minimal rubbing as it gets
after nearly half a century. The virtually unused top opening of the back compartment are perfectly crisp and unworn, so are the
the four side edges or 'spines' and beyond a record impression with a few minor related laminated edge lines, I am now into the
positive's. Returning to the square shape standing edge, just the slightest signs of pressure, for a heavyweight record that's as
light as it gets. The amazing outside artwork still has the original dazzling bright colours, the deep colour tones are totally
unfaded and are dazzlingly rich and vivid. Only first issue "Sgt. Pepper" & "Satanic Majesties" are in this premier league of
1960's psychedelic psychedelic artwork gatefold covers. The 1967 deeply glossy lamination is still exactly the same as the day
is was made. The bottom edge / spine is usually so badly worn there a fraying split from the heavyweight record bearing down on
the central position. As I said the only the only wear to the extreme corners of the spine. There is some almost invisible clear
glue near the front top edge, that was glued together and purely from the manufacturing assembled hen the cover was folded and
stuck. The inside panels flipback edges are outstanding, as expected from an unremoved or played record since late 1967 and
THE COVER IS IN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING Nr. MINT CONDITION.
I HAVE DESCRIBED THE LABELS AND VINYL IN GREAT DETAIL AND ALL THAT REMAINS IS TO CONFIRM THIS
WAS ONLY PLAYED TWICE WITH SUCH CONSUMATE CARE, IT WOULD BE POINTLESS TO GRADE THIS WITH A
'NEAR' PREFIX OR A 'MINUS SUFFIX.' THE VINYL HAS THE DEEP GLOSSY SHEEN OF MINT VINYL WITHOUT ANY
SCRATCHES, WITHOUT THE FAINT SPINDLE TRACES, THERE WOULD BE NO WAY TO TELL IT HAD BEEN PLAYED.
THE RECORD IS IN MINT CONDITION.
"Up From The Skies"
"Spanish Castle Magic"
"Wait Until Tomorrow"
"Ain't No Telling"
"If 6 Was 9"
"You Got Me Floatin' "
"Castles Made Of Sand"
"She's So Fine" (Noel Redding)
"One Rainy Wish"
"Little Miss Lover"
"Bold As Love"
Jimi Hendrix vocals, electric guitar, piano, recorder & "Mr. Paul Caruso" voice on "EXP"
Noel Redding - bass guitars, lead vocals on "She's So Fine" & backing vocals
Mitch Mitchell - drums, glockenspiel on "Little Wing", backing vocals & the "Interviewer" on "EXP"
Roy Wood & Trevor Burton (The Move) - backing vocals on "You Got Me Floatin' "
All Songs Written By Jimi Hendrix, Except "She's So Fine" (Noel Redding)
Recorded May - June & October,1967, at Olympic Studios, London.
Main Sound Engineer - Eddie Kramer
Produced By Chas Chandler.
It just doesn't seem feasible for "Axis Bold As Love" to be released in the same year he issued a debut album, especially when
his "Hey Joe" debut single was near enough just one year earlier, I think I will start this description from Jimi's arrival here.