Jimi Hendrix was just about the hottest thing in rock music when he stepped into the studio to begin his second LP, Axis: Bold as Love, in the summer of 1967. The group had to work quickly because they owed the label a second disc before the year ended. "Bold as Love" is the four-minute grand finale and easily one of the highlights of the whole album.
The song is about how love can change a person "like the axis of the earth," Hendrix said in a 1968 radio interview. "If it changes, well, it changes the whole face of the Earth, like, every few thousand years. It's like love in a human being; if he really falls in deep enough, it will change him. It might change his whole life. So both of them can really go together." John Mayer covered the song on his 2006 disc Continuum.