5 Interesting Facts About ‘Bold As Love’ By Jimi Hendrix

5 Interesting Facts About ‘Bold As Love’ By Jimi Hendrix | Society Of Rock Videos

NEW YORK - JANUARY 28: Jimi Hendrix performs at the Felt Forum on January 28, 1970 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Walter Iooss Jr./Getty Images)

Jimi Hendrix released only three studio albums in his lifetime, but those records were more than enough to cement his status as a rock legend and guitar god. The title track to his second LP, “Bold as Love” showcased Hendrix’s virtuosity and musical genius. Let’s check out some facts about it:

1. The line “My yellow in this case is not so mellow” referenced Donovan’s 1967 song “Mellow Yellow”.

2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded more than 20 takes and four different endings.

For the master recording, they settled on takes 21 and 27.

3. Though it’s a great song, Hendrix rarely played this live.

On February 28, 1968 at the Scene Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hendrix told the crowd that he was about to perform “Bold as Love”. He then improvised after the opening.

4. The lyrics are full of colorful imagery.

Hendrix loved his colors, and he often described music and emotions in terms of hues.

5. The Pretenders covered it for their tribute album titled “Stone Free”.

“‘Bold As Love,’ I thought, was one of the quintessential Jimi Hendrix songs. I wanted to get the cosmic aspect of what he was all about,” frontwoman Chrissie Hynde said. ” This song describes all the colors of the auras, the chakras. It gets into the anger: purple. Envy: green. If we’d had a bit more time, maybe we would’ve been able to even cosmic it up a bit more.”

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