The Jimi Hendrix Experience: “Axis: Bold as Love”
This is both Hendrix’s best and least-known album. For most people, the only familiar song will be “Little Wing,” and even then it may only be recognizable from another artist’s cover version. There’s an impressive range to Hendrix’s songwriting, and his playing is somehow both a bit more understated than usual and as innovative as you’d expect. High points include the cool rainforest shimmer of “Up From the Skies” and “One Rainy Wish,” and the head-bobbing drive of “You Got Me Floatin’,” but really—if you ignore the first two minutes of side one (a strange bit of radio theater that probably made sense at the time)—there’s not a weak link to be found.