After playing this a few times you realize that Hendrix is next in line for immortality. At first I thought that Axis was just a load of undisciplined electric noise: but after a while the anarchy falls into place, giving lyrical beauty and raw power.

Wild talking guitar, wild talking drums and wild talking bass all speak volumes. The guitar spits, sings, wails, urged on by Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell – and above it all yet right at the heart, a philosophical Jimi tells the stories.

If you don’t already have Axis, get it; if you have it – buy one for your friends. If they have it sit back and blow your mind. You are happy.

DAVE CLARK FIVE – “Everybody Knows” (LP)
You get your thirty-odd bob’s worth on this one O.K. – no less than sixteen tracks, including the big hit plus previous singles “Tabatha Twitchit” and “You Got What It Takes”.

Produced by Dave himself, nobody could accuse this of being progressive – it’s good simple pop with no pretentions. Everybody Knows is a well-balanced mixture of the familiar bashing DC5 beat, ballads, minor freak-out, and a C&W track “Sitting Here Baby.”

Bound to be lapped up by the droves of hard-core pop fans. Thumbs down however, for the corny lyrics.

EVERY MOTHER’S SON – “Pony With A Golden Man”
A beautiful madrigal-type beginning equally fine olde-worlde chorus, and a soft lead voice make this story of a boy and his golden-maned pony into a quiet commercial poem.

Medium-paced and very relaxing – except for a very strange bit in the middle. Weird, way out of tune tootings (is it a voice? is it a trumpet? is it Superman?) go against the grain of the song.

I’ve probably failed to grasp some deep significance – but despite that, it’s a very good record to unwind to after a tiring day at the workhouse.

THE SYMBOLS – “The Best Part Of Breaking Up”
Out of the wilds of Romford come The Symbols, a fave rave group in Denmark with telly, radio and all the gear. They aren’t a big name here, but “Breaking Up” may well change that.

It’s an old Phil Spector song (big hit across the pond a few years ago) done by the group in late ’50s rock and roll cum Beach Boys’ style. Pounding beat, great harmony singing, and altogether a very impressive piece of black plastic.

COUNT BASIE – “Green Onions” / “Hang On Sloopy”
Bet nobody expected to see Count Basie in this column. But, for the five hundredth time this decade, big bands are coming back.

You might think it a bit off that an oldie hero like Basie should lower himself to pop – but it isn’t like that at all. Great beefy orchestrations, and both sides swing like . . . well, more than plenty of so-called pop discs. This is a fine big sound.

JOHN WALKER – “If You Go Away” (LP)
The superb cover photo is guaranteed to set practically every female heart in Britain fluttering. John sings like never before, putting loads of feeling and quality into the songs, which are mostly night-clubby ballads.

With support from the sensitive Reg Guest backings, John looks all set to enter the realm of high-class semi-jazz singers. Yes, a great leap forward for John.

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