Axis: Bold As Love

JIMI HENDRIX Axis: Bold As Love (Rare first issue original stereo Japanese vinyl LP manufactured by Nippon Grammophon Co. Ltd. in August 1968. Housed inside a unique picture sleeve that was only used for the Japanese release. The artwork is a complete departure from the familiar psychedelic imagery of the western releases. This copy also has the often missing one-sided continuation lyric sheet. See 'more info' for details...)

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Price Info
$1154.55, £895.00  
Product Availability Last copy in stock. Order now for shipping on Wednesday 26th February
Release Year 1968 - 52 years ago
Condition Unless stated otherwise in the description above, all items are in at least excellent condition - so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to sell items as close to Mint condition as possible, and many will indeed be close to brand new and/or unplayed. Others may be 'used' - and all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
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Format vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label Polydor
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Product Catalogue No SLPM-1398
Music Genre
Country Comes from Japan Comes from 'Japan'
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Tracklisting & More Information

It's a little known fact that this wonderful album was released twice in Japan during the 1960s. The first (this pressing) was in August '68 and carries the catalogue number SLPM-1398. It was quickly repressed and reissued in 1969 with the catalogue number prefix changed to SMP-1398. Both issues have sleeves, labels and obi's with their respectively revised catalogue numbers - if you're lucky enough to find one do make sure all the numbers match.

This first ever Japanese issue is in far above average condition for such a rare pressing & is a worthy addition to the collection. The unique sleeve artwork depicts a seated Jimi wearing a cool pair of rainbow striped trousers. The only psychedelic touches are the flame shaped 'speech bubbles' containing the album titles.

The heavy duty pasted picture sleeve is of solid construction. There is some foxing evident to the white back of the sleeve and a couple of light spots to the front are also just visible. Elsewhere, with a little scuffing at the spine and a couple of small creases to the corners of the opening edge, the sleeve appears in otherwise excellent condition.

As is usual for a 60s Japanese pressing the lyrics are printed on the back cover. However, since they would not all fit in the space provided, they end with the first line of 'Ain't No Telling' and then continue on a separate one-sided full size insert. This continuation lyric insert is in excellent condition, there is just one small 5mm nick to the bottom edge and a couple of tiny brown spots are also evident.

With light spindle marks around the centre of the red Polydor labels and only a couple of hairline cosmetic surface marks evident, this copy does show signs of being played however, the play-wear is kept to a minimum and appears in otherwise really nice condition.

There is no obi with this record. To put some perspective on that we have only ever seen the obi pictured in reference books, never for real and suspect a mint original complete with insert and obi would fetch at least three times the price of this copy.

In summary, this is a superb example & for its rarity it is about as good a copy as you are likely to find. If you don't already have one in your collection it's worth buying for the sleeve art alone.

Trivia - the actual trousers that Jimi is wearing in the photo on this record cover were auctioned in London on July 10th 2008. They fetched an incredible £20,000!

Side A
1. EXP
2. Up From The Skies
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Wait Until Tomorrow
5. Ain't No Telling
6. Little Wing
7. If Six Was Nine

Side B
8. You've Got Me Floating
9. Castles Made Of Sand
10. She's So Fine
11. One Rainy Wish
12. Little Miss Lover
13. Bold As Love

Recording Artist Jimi Hendrix
Product Title Axis: Bold As Love
Product Information Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love Japan vinyl LP album (LP record).
Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info Deleted - A deleted or out-of-print item is one that is no longer manufactured. However, we stock thousands of out-of-print formats and we specialise in tracking down out-of-print, deleted and hard-to-find releases.
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