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Sleeve Notes: Axis Bold As Love

28 April 2010

David King designed and Roger Law drew the cover art for the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s sophomore album, Axis: Bold As Love. It features colorful artwork that mimics a Hindu devotional painting called Viraat Purushan-Vishnuroopam (see below). To competing ace guitarists of the day, it must have seemed like Hendrix had a dozen arms, but on balance this album is more restrained and soulful than his debut. Jimi was reportedly less than thrilled with this cover art, but my friends and I treated this LP like a holy grail. One day during the summer of 1991 my buddy Jonesy triumphantly found a used copy, brought it home, and then watched in mute horror as our friend Matt tacked it up on the wall by driving four thumbtacks through the corners of an otherwise pristine cover. All hail thumbtacks! All hail Viraat Purushan-Vishnuroopam! All hail Jimi Hendrix…