50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Axis: Bold As Love'
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Axis: Bold As Love'

Jimi Hendrix left the original finished masters for Side One in a taxi and had to mix all of the tracks again in one session. Today, Axis is Hendrix's most overlooked album. But it has some of his best writing in the mighty "If 6 Was 9" and "Spanish Castle Magic," a reflection on his boyhood in the Pacific Northwest. There was also the heavy soul of "Little Wing," which Hendrix later told a reporter he'd started writing when he was playing clubs in New York's Greenwich Village. "I don't consider myself a songwriter," he said. "Not yet, anyway." He was wrong.

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