Re-released with a 24 page colour booklet. ‘Axis: Bold as love’ was the follow-up to ‘are you experienced?’, and represented a much more conscious use of the recording studio’s possibilities. Where his live shows continued to showcase the raw rocking power of the experience, the recording studio gave hendrix the composer / arranger a broader palette. There are still plenty of powerful blues / rock-inflected songs, such as the menacing ‘if 6 was 9’, the rolling ‘spanish castle magic’ and the spatial title tune. But ‘up from the skies’ is a jazzy trio romp, featuring hendrix’s bluesy, vocalised wah-wah pedal. And on the ballads ‘Little wing’ and ‘Castles made of sand’, Hendrix shifts the focus from the band to the silvery chord / melody accompaniments he often employed to complement his vocals. They are an orchestral effect unto themselves.