The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love

 (Stereo Version)


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Analogue Productions

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AUHQR 0001
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The pinnacle of high-quality vinyl — the Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR™) returns!

Definitive handmade limited run reissue of Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love

Newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original master tapes

Stereo release limited to 5,000 copies

Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using Clarity Vinyl® on a manual Finebilt press

Purest possible pressing and most visually stunning presentation and packaging!

Includes 16-page booklet with recording session info and an essay written by Brad Tolinski, former editor of Guitar World Magazine

"The Axis UHQR cut is amazing — full bodied, detailed, powerful and engaging. Very impressive. The best pressing of the record I have ever heard." Bill Levenson, Grammy Award-winning reissue producer

"AP's UHQR mastered by Bernie Grundman towers above the rest. During our listening session, I told (Michael Fremer), "if someone doesn't like this record's sound, their listening situation is crap." It's everything the SACD offers and more, minus the slight digital sheen, and shockingly quieter (Yes! The vinyl produced blacker backgrounds than did the SACD, hence the "shock" — Ed). In addition, the packaging (which was sent in an unfinalized version) is stunning; the album itself is housed in a Stoughton tip-on gatefold while the outer two-piece box is of excellent build and features a beautiful wooden spine." — Malachi Lui, AnalogPlanet.com. Read the entire commentary, based on a pre-production copy of the album, here.

Analogue Productions, the audiophile in-house reissue label of Acoustic Sounds, Inc., together with Quality Record Pressings, is reintroducing one of the most revered brands in LP history — the Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR), originally introduced by JVC Japan in the 1980s!

Analogue Productions presents its first UHQR title — Jimi Hendrix's 1967 masterpiece, Axis: Bold As Love, in both stereo and mono versions. This UHQR is newly remastered by noted mastering engineer Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes. Each UHQR will be pressed at Acoustic Sounds' industry-leading pressing plant Quality Record Pressings (QRP) using hand-selected Clarity Vinyl on a manual Finebilt press with attention paid to every single detail of every single record. The 200-gram records will feature the same flat profile that helped to make the original UHQR so desirable. From the lead-in groove to the run-out groove, there is no pitch to the profile, allowing the customer's stylus to play truly perpendicular to the grooves from edge to center. Clarity Vinyl allows for the purest possible pressing and the most visually stunning presentation. Every UHQR will be hand inspected upon pressing completion, and only the truly flawless will be allowed to go to market. Each UHQR will be packaged in a deluxe box and will include a booklet detailing the entire process of making a UHQR along with a hand-signed certificate of inspection. This will be a truly deluxe, collectible product.

Each Axis UHQR will be available as two versions: mono and stereo. The stereo release will be limited to 5,000 copies, while the mono release will be limited to 1,500 copies. The LP jacket will be gold foil numbered.

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 Reddding 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 You Die

"(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. It was recorded at Olympic Studios in London by Eddie Kramer.

This reissue was cut to lacquer by Bernie Grundman. The plating at QRP was directed by Gary Salstrom, master plating technician and QRP general manager.

The Axis: Bold As Love UHQR will include a 16-page booklet featuring recording information from the sessions at Olympic Studios in London and an essay written by Brad Tolinski, former editor of Guitar World Magazine.

More About Clarity Vinyl

As we set out to make the world's best vinyl record, we began by establishing a set of exacting standards to address all of the components that comprise an LP. We call our records made under these strict standards Ultra High Quality Records (UHQR). Most audiophiles would understand that the list of critical components in UHQR includes recording, mastering, plating, pressing and quality control. But some may stop short of considering the raw material used to make the record: the vinyl itself.

We did some research and learned some interesting things about the history of the iconic black vinyl record. The most compelling revelation to us was the fact that LP vinyl is not black in its pure state. The off-white color of the record you are about to listen to is the color of raw vinyl in its purest form (un-tinted vinyl). The black color you're used to seeing is a colorant called "carbon black" that was part of the original compound formulation used in old shellac records. As vinyl compound replaced shellac-based compound, carbon black continued to be used as a colorant. We've expected our records to be black ever since.

To make the ultimate record, we decided to enhance sound quality by removing anything we believed could detract from it. Record styli vibrate (or jitter) on a microscopic level, and any particles of carbon black pigment that happen to be on the surface of the groove could introduce surface noise. By not adding carbon black to our Clarity Vinyl, we eliminate the possibility of noise contamination due to carbon black particles. Instead, your stylus is allowed to effortlessly slide down a glossy and silky smooth groove wall.

When we purchased Classic Records, the brand name Clarity Vinyl came with it. We're proud to have resurrected, refined and trademarked Clarity Vinyl, the perfect canvas for our masterpiece: vinyl in its purest form.

 



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Up From The Skies
Spanish Castle Magic
Wait Until Tomorrow
Ain't No Telling
Little Wing
If 6 Was 9
You Got Me Floatin'
Castles Made Of Sand
She's So Fine
One Rainy Wish
Little Miss Lover
Bold As Love

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 13 person(s) rated this product.

Stunning

posted on 07/23/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mvt
My first copy of Axis was a joint Xmas present with my brother in 1967 (mono) . Needless to say that copy was rendered unplayable may years ago now, but Axis has always been my number one ever since. I have bought countless versions, in both mono and stereo over the years, and I was expecting big things from this one, but this version is staggering. I just cant get over how much more pleasure has been unlocked in these grooves. Brilliant. Now can we have the UHQR treatment for Electric Lady Land PLEASE ! That's my number 2.


Impressive!

posted on 06/27/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mats Svensson
Truly amazing. Sounds like listening to a freshly made master tape. How can this originate from 1967!? Well worth the wait and price. Don’t hesitate to buy this if it is ever reprinted!


Divine Nature

posted on 06/21/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: rbry
I am an audiophile. I hunt for the prime copies of the music I grew up with and truly love. I am a huge Robert Ludwig fan, took me 2 years to find a fair price NM copy of Zep 2 hot mix. My point being is that I have purchased and listened to very special LPs. Without trying at all to insult the religious if God recorded an LP, He/She would have been 100% happy it sounds like this one. If you call yourself a Hendrix fan and you own and listen to vinyl and you do not own this you really need to sell your turntable and just deal with MP3's. Bernie did an amazing job here. I understand people bought the mono mostly to resell at a profit on Ebay but this LP was made to be listened to in stereo.


It sounds amazing.

posted on 06/04/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bob H
The care and love that has been put into this release is evident the moment one opens the box. However, it really shows when one drops the needle on this release because it sounds utterly amazing.

Thank you to all involved.


posted on 05/30/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: K.SMITH
Chad Kassem for president! Hats off to Chad and the whole Acoustic Sounds Team for delivering a true MASTERPIECE! They just raised the bar again! WOW!


you got me floating.

posted on 05/25/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: King Philip
Who could have known that Salina Kansas would become the center of the vinyl universe. Bless you kind spirits.


Worth it ?

posted on 05/21/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: G Russell
Costing a hundred bucks plus shipping and waiting more than a year it had better damn well be worth it. IT IS.


Thank you Chad Kassem!!

posted on 05/19/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: JTS
I purchased this LP when it was originally released in 1967. I have purchased numerous reissues since then on vinyl and CD. This UHQR is amazing! One cannot understate what Chad Kassem has done for music in general. His love of blues (and other genres) and his passion for quality recordings, cannot be understated. Acoustic Sounds keep up the great work!!


WOW!

posted on 05/15/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: chuck
An absolutely stunning reissue. The soundstage is immense and immersive, the music deeply engaging and lifelike, and the vinyl dead silent. The sleeve and box are no less impressive. Worth every penny. If you love this album, you owe it to yourself to hear this reissue. You won't be disappointed.


Believe the hype.

posted on 05/11/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jim
Kudos to those who put this box together,the photographs of the band are amazing and the written words give you an inkling of what was going on around sterile recording studios of that era. The pressing is so quiet then music comes fourth like a torrent of water from a spicket. The box looks beautiful displayed among my collection only to be bested when spinning on my turntable. Well done Acoustic Sounds.


Master Tape Sound comes to vinyl

posted on 05/08/2019
5 Stars
Reviewer: Tom Caselli
Let’s say I was a bit skeptical on this release, as a Jimi collector with upwards of twenty copies of Axis and 200+ Jimi lp’s, I wondered what more could really be done. Once in a while I like feeling like a fool because this simply annihilates all contenders. From the opening EXP where the sound is panned between the speakers and keeps moving towards you to the explosive drum at the start Up From the Skies followed by the bass in Spanish Castle Magic and the opening guitar chord of Wait Until Tomorrow the runner up to this pressing is still at the starting line. Add the dead quiet surface makes this a must have! I won’t even comment on the packaging because nothing can touch it, a true Library item. Excuse me while I change my pants!


Astounding Stories Behind this record

posted on 05/07/2019
5 Stars
My old friend told me long time ago this was a revolutionary record when came out due to the stereo mix sound. To be the first one on this UHQR releases i think is a good choice for any rock fan


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