JIMI HENDRIX Axis Outtakes (Purple Haze Records HAZE002) (2003)
Having to write a review for a Jimi Hendrix album is like trying to fit
the history of Rock Music in three-hundred word text, and believe me - you
don't know where to start. Jimi was a pioneer in every possible way: He was
a master in amplification experiments, he could play behind his back and
with his teeth - he could even set his guitar on fire while playing. He
managed to successfully combine his RnB and Jazz influences and created a
new music proposition which was widely accepted and appreciated for the last
thirty three years. He was the only person in the history of music who
managed to contribute so much in such a small period of time.
Jimi formed "The Experience" after Chas Chandler's (The Animals - bass)
encouragement, and wrote three albums: "Are You Experienced?", "Axis:Bold As
Love" and "Electric Ladyland". His partners in crime were Mitch Mitchell on
drums and Noel Redding on bass."The Experience" were disbanded in 1969 and
the rest is history.
Hendrix recorded a massive amount of unreleased studio material during
his lifetime and that's mainly why Purple Haze records decided to release a
double CD from his "Axis:Bold As love" era called "Axis Outtakes". The song
selection will make happy all the Hendrix fanatics. Not only does it contain
alternative versions of classics such as "Spanish Castle Magic", "Little
Wing"(probably my favourite Hendrix song), "Bold as Love" and "Little Miss
Lover" but many extras such as "South Saturn Delta"(an impressive
instrumental song), "Cat Talking To Me"(where you can hear Mitch Mitchell on
lead vocals), "Driving South"(great guitar performance) and "Jazz Jimi Jazz"
with an unbelievable jazzy/funky rhythm.
For all the Hendrix fans out there: The last thing you need is someone
like me to tell you that you need to own this CD. To all the rest I will
say this: In order to have a correct understanding of what happens at
present, you need to look deep into the past, and there's none more
"Experienced" than Jimi Hendrix!
Review by John Stefanis
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