AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
AAA 100% Analogue - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - Pressed at QRP
Mastered By George Marino at Sterling Sound - Audiophile Remaster
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the July 2010 Issue of Stereophile!
All Analog Remaster from the Original 2-Track Master Tapes by Jimi's original engineer, Eddie Kramer.
Cut by George Marino at Sterling Sound
Limited edition, all-analog LP pressed on 180-gram audiophile-grade vinyl
George Marino at Sterling Sound in New York handled the lacquer-cutting with Kramer supervising the remastering using the original 2-track master tape.& preferred by a long shot this newer one finding it much richer, warmer, and wider—as to be expected from stereo vs mono versions. The mixdown is perfectly balanced spectrally with great solid drum and bass presence, in addition of classic tube warmth and low compression; confirming Kramer's true genius. Of course, some may prefer the mono for its rock-solid central image but I find the panoramic, and myriad phase, etc., effects more communicative of Hendrix's 'mind-expanding altered states' at the time. Tone Audio
.Axis: Bold as Love, the second Experience album, was released merely six months after their debut LP Are You Experienced, at the end of 1967. Many of the album's songs were composed with complex studio recording techniques in mind and as a result were rarely performed live. Only "Spanish Castle Magic" and every-guitar-player's-ultimate-study-material "Little Wing" became staples during concerts.
The album shows an incredible growth in Hendrix' songwriting and sonical versatility. Radio friendly rockers like "Wait Until Tomorrow" and "You Got Me Floatin'" are mixed with ballads such as "Castles Made Of Sand" – the album's variety makes it a delightful listen.
Jimi Hendrix's second album followed up his 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. These are tempered with Jimi's most avant-garde tracks yet, "EXP" and the proto-fusion jazz blowout of "If 6 Was 9."
2. UP FROM THE SKIES
3. SPANISH CASTLE MAGIC
4. WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW
5. AIN'T NO TELLING
6. LITTLE WING
7. IF 6 WAS 9
1. YOU GOT ME FLOATIN'
2. CASTLES MADE OF SAND
3. SHE'S SO FINE
4. ONE RAINY WISH
5. LITTLE MISS LOVER
6. BOLD AS LOVE