Valleys of Neptune

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
After 40 years, a number of ill-conceived posthumous albums, and countless bootlegs, one would almost have to be skeptical of a new album billed as "12 previously unreleased studio recordings -- almost 60 minutes of unheard Jimi Hendrix!" The good news is that Valleys of Neptune largely delivers on that promise. Even hardcore collectors will likely be surprised at how much of this album they haven't heard. But much of this material has been available before in some form, official and otherwise. Although there were tons of posthumous overdubs, elements of these very versions of "Stone Free" and "Hear My Train Comin'" were used as building blocks for the versions on ...
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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
After 40 years, a number of ill-conceived posthumous albums, and countless bootlegs, one would almost have to be skeptical of a new album billed as "12 previously unreleased studio recordings -- almost 60 minutes of unheard Jimi Hendrix!" The good news is that Valleys of Neptune largely delivers on that promise. Even hardcore collectors will likely be surprised at how much of this album they haven't heard. But much of this material has been available before in some form, official and otherwise. Although there were tons of posthumous overdubs, elements of these very versions of "Stone Free" and "Hear My Train Comin'" were used as building blocks for the versions on Crash Landing and Midnight Lightning, respectively. Additionally, this version of "Stone Free" was included on 2000's The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set, the only difference being that Noel Redding's bass and vocals were replaced with Billy Cox's bass from a slightly later studio session. An excerpt of the tune "Valleys of Neptune" was released as part of the Lifelines radio program box set, but that track ("Mr. Bad Luck" [aka "Look Over Yonder"]) and "Lullaby for the Summer" (basically an instrumental version of "Ezy Rider") were all well-known to collectors. However, Eddie Kramer's fresh mixes make them all sound better than ever. "Fire," "Red House," and "Sunshine of Your Love" are obviously well-known tunes, but these versions will most likely be new even to collectors. "Ships Passing Through the Night" (later transformed into "Night Bird Flying") and "Crying Blue Rain" are easily the rarest tracks here, and may well be surfacing for the very first time. The songs all sound mostly to completely finished; they definitely aren't just rough demos that got added to after the fact (although Mitch and Noel did do additional recording in 1987 for three of these tunes). Most of the tracks have multiple guitar parts, although Jimi probably would have replaced some of these guitar parts. It's not that they're at all bad, but some aren't perfect, and Jimi Hendrix was a perfectionist. "Crying Blue Rain" feels like just a studio jam (albeit a good one), and "Sunshine of Your Love" goes on just a bit too long with an unnecessary bass solo, but the rest sounds surprisingly finished and complete (and being studio recordings, the sound quality is excellent throughout). While it doesn't rise to the level of his other studio albums, Valleys of Neptune is a welcome catalog addition from a tremendous talent who died too young.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886976405625
  • Catalog Number: 764056
  • Sales rank: 28,348

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimi Hendrix Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Roger Chapman Background Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low Background Vocals
Noel Redding Bass, Background Vocals
Billy Cox Bass
Chris Grimes Tambourine
Rocky Isaac Drums
Mitch Mitchell Drums
Juma Sultan Percussion
Rocki Dzidzornu Percussion
Al Marks Maracas
Technical Credits
Jack Bruce Composer
Jack Adams Engineer
Pete Brown Composer
Chas Chandler Producer
George Chkiantz Engineer
Eric Clapton Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer, Producer, Paintings
Elmore James Composer
Eddie Kramer Producer, Engineer
George Marino Mastering
Linda McCartney Cover Photo
Gary Kellgren Engineer
Janie Hendrix Producer
John McDermott Producer, Liner Notes, Essay
James Davenport Back Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    It's Jimi...what more can I say?

    Just when you thought that there couldn't be anymore Jimi; he's back! This new album that has previously unreleased material as well as a couple of classics in their preliminary stages is amazing. In my opinion the preliminary classics sound different if not better than the finished pieces heard on his albums. If you're a fan of Jimi Hendrix - and who isn't - this album is a must have. The packaging is awesome too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Hendrix Album--some rare songs

    For a Hendrix fan, or for any fan of psychedelic rock of early heavy metal, this album is a must. While some of the tracks, like Stone Free, are available elsewhere, other tracks, most notably Valleys of Neptune, are not available elsewhere (as far as I can tell). On the title track, as well as some of the others, some of Hendrix's music has a visionary, almost ethereal, side like Donavon at his best. And of course, you still have the songs with the heavy guitar and psychedelic blues (sometimes more blues than psychedelic, and sometimes the reverse) sound that would inspire bands like Cream and Led Zeppelin. For those of you who aren't tuned in to classic rock, some of Hendrix's songs might remind you a little bit of Lenny Kravitz--but keep in mind that Hendrix is the giant on whose shoulders Kravitz stands. I find it hard to believe somebody had this music for all these years and waited until now to release it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Electric lady land the second coming

    It is essential Hendrix. A must for the serious Hendrix fan and blues guitar fans as well.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Magic From Beyond the Grave...

    This is blistering, soul-stirring rock and roll statement they just don't make anymore. The title track, "Valleys of Neptune" has a hypnotic pull that draws you back into the chaotic, turbulent days of 1969. The album's finest track has to be "Hear My Train A Comin"... a seven minute epic freight locomotive of funk and blues that dares you not to plug into its searing electric guitar vibes. An equally lengthy instrumental cover of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" is foot-tapping fun and there's even an alternate cover of "Fire" sure to please "experienced" fans. In short, Jimi Hendrix's estate has not let us down in delivering one of the best rock albums of the year... even if it's 40+ years in the waiting. Buy this, play this, enjoy this. "Valleys of Neptune" is galactically entertaining.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Rare stuff...

    A must have for jimi's fans..i got it a a week a ago and just love the quality of the remastering. I can just go on listening to 'Bleeding Heart' as played by jimi. Simply superb!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BUY IT!!!!!!

    It's groovy man,It's F- Awesome Man!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jimi jams

    The good part is the quality of the recordings especially, Mitch Mitchell drum parts, nice and clear and WOW!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune

    In the beginning, there was the 60's music. It changed the world and the teenagers growing up with it. The 50's opened the door and the 60's blew it wide open. The most famous groups and music is still alive today are the Beatles, Rolling Stones,Santana, The Who, Guess Who, CCR, Yardbirds, Led Zep. Those were the groups.
    The names of people that came were Paul and John of the Beatles. John Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and so many more. The electric guitar was breaken boundries by far. The culture of our generation and the signs of our times moved people like never before. Live performances as Woodstock and other came to bring out the best.
    Jimi was raw and had a newness in how to play. You can hear it in the new CD that is playing in 2010. There are Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton
    that have lasted till now. Jimi, you are with them today.
    Good music

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Only 3 Truly *New* Songs On This *New* Album Chips Away 3 Stars...

    Let me first say that I really enjoy listening to this CD. It IS good stuff but the major problem I found was the major false advertising on the part of Experience Hendrix and Sony Legacy. They put a big sticker right on the front of the packaging that says "Over 60 Minutes Of Unheard Jimi Hendrix" when that's far from the truth.

    What you *actually* get are 2 new tracks and 1 new instrumental track for a total of 3 tracks that are truly *new.* The other 9 tracks are songs that have appeared on another main Hendrix release in the form of another version.

    Astonishingly, Experience Hendrix and Sony Legacy took the liberty of actually re-titling some of the songs just to make them appear *new* but anyone who knows many Hendrix tunes will pick up on these.

    Below I've listed the track list with two sets of prentices. The first set of prentices tells if the song is an alternate version of a released song as well as clarifies if it was re-tilted and which song it actually is. The second set of prentices tells which Hendrix album the song appeared on.

    1 - Stone Free (Alternate Version Of Song)(Are You Experienced?)
    2 - Valleys Of Neptune (New Song)
    3 - Bleeding Heart (Alternate Version)(South Saturn Delta)&(Blues)
    4 - Hear My Train A Comin' (Alternate Version)(Blues)
    5 - Mr. Bad Luck (Alternate Version Of Look Over Yonder Just Re-titled)(South Saturn Delta)
    6 - Sunshine Of Your Love (New Instrumental)
    7 - Lover Man (Alternate Version)(South Saturn Delta)
    8 - Ships Passing In The Night (Alternate Version Of Night Bird Flying Just Re-titled)(First Rays Of The New Rising Sun)
    9 - Fire (Alternate Version)(Are You Experienced?)
    10 - Red House (Alternate Version)(Blues)
    11 - Lullaby For Summer (Alternate Instrumental Version Of Ezy Ryder Just Re-titled)(First Rays Of The New Rising Sun)
    12 - Crying Blue Rain (New Song)

    Now, I can hear the die hards already saying "This is new Hendrix man, these are studio recordings." I agree with that to an extent. However, regardless is this is "Jimi" stuff or not, false advertising is false advertising.

    When you buy "Over 60 Minutes Of Unheard Jimi Hendrix" music, and you've *heard* 9 of the 12 songs on various other Hendrix albums, that's an issue. Experience Hendrix knows much better than doing what they've done with this "new" album, which is demonstrated by their release of the albums South Saturn Delta and First Rays Of The New Rising Sun which really DID include new tracks.

    It appeared when they released South Saturn Delta and First Rays Of The New Rising Sun that they were attempting to clean up the scattering of releases that chopped up all of Jimi's work after his passing which I applaud.

    Instead of being billed as a new *album*, Valleys Of Neptune should have been accurately billed as *studio sessions & alternate takes* with a couple of bonus tracks to account for the 2-3 new songs. Another accurate way to think of this disc is as if it were one of the discs from the 4 disc, Jimi Hendrix Experience Boxed set which had alternate versions of songs with a couple of new tracks sprinkled on each disc.

    Again, I do love this CD. If properly advertised, I would have given this release 4 solid starts, possibly 5. I am keeping it and playing the heck out of it. Hopefully Experience Hendrix reads these reviews and advertises accurately & gives us a real album of *NEW* studio material.

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