MELODY MAKER - Interview[5 December Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow review] ‘It’s Just Too Much’ interview by Nick Jones
“I hope everybody can dig it in stereo because that’s what it’s all about. We’ve tried to get most of the freaky tracks right into another dimension so you get that sky effect coming down out of the heavens,you know? [If Six Was Nine] “This is one of the numbers we made about nine months ago [9 May Olympic]. Gary Leeds and Graham Nash did some foot stomping and that’s me on flute.” rest of text?]
(Page?) ‘With Jimi the Music Is 3-D’ by Nick Jones: The Rolling Stones have successfully produced a 3D album cover, but JimiHendrix will zap you giddy with his three-dimensional music. Zap, zap, zap. Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell. Zap, zap, zap. Zap me three times baby.
And zap father Christmas too with this beautiful new album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
It’s too much. Amaze your ears, boggle your mind, flip your lid, do what you want, but please get into Hendrix like you never have before.
“It’s made with stereo in mind,” said Jimi this week. “We’ve tried to get most of the freaky tracks right into another dimension, so you get that sky effect – like they’re coming down out of the heavens, you know.”
And, wow, it’s all succeeded. ‘EXP’ kicks the album off, panning right across the wide stereo picture like a soaring, diving UFO – which is what the track’s about. This striking, frightening piece of cosmic composing is followed by ‘Up From The Skies’, a soft, gliding, jazzy piece of velvet.
Says Jimi: “It’s the story of a guy who’s been on Earth before, but on a different turn of the axis -- and now he’s come back to find this scene happening.”
‘SpanishCastle magic’ is the old roaring Hendrix, making it sound like the world was going to end tomorrow. Mitch flies right across the beat, Jimi hammers out piano off-beats and the Hendrix trail burns like dynamite.
Mitch and Noel can be heard singing on ‘Wait Until Tomorrow’ and Jimi says you can probably get the story of that one.
‘Ain’t No Telling’ is a pretty straightforward groover, followed by ‘Little Wing’, one of the most beautiful tracks on the album: “I dig writing slow songs because I find it’s easier to get more blues and feeling into them.”
Side One ends with ‘If Six Was Nine’. “This means that it really doesn’t matter if anything is upside down, as long as it doesn’t bother you, and you can cope with it. Gary Leeds and Graham Nash did some foot stomping and that’s me on the flute.
Side Two is even more explosive – if only because of the mind-blowing title track, ‘Bold As Love’. Before that, however, ‘You Got Me Floating’ has guitar spinning backwards, music boxes tinkling, and generally a lot of very honest soul sounds.
‘She’s So Fine’ sees the emergence of Noel as a songwriter, while on ‘One Rainy Wish’, Jimi gives his guitar a muffled, sometimes flute-like sound as the notes clash with the octave.
‘Little Miss Lover’ leads beautifully into ‘Bold As Love’, which is the culmination of all Jimi’s blues, all his soul, all his shouting, all his crying, all his grooving, all his everything.