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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Stone Free (3:45)
2. Valleys Of Neptune (4:01)
3. Bleeding Heart (6:20)
4. Hear My Train A Comin' (7:29)
5. Mr. Bad Luck (2:56)
6. Sunshine Of Your Love (6:45)
7. Lover Man (4:15)
8. Ships Passing Through The Night (5:52)
9. Fire (3:12)
10. Red House (8:20)
11. Lullaby For The Summer (3:48)
12. Crying Blue Rain (4:56)

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Line-up / Musicians

Bass - Billy Cox (tracks: 1 to 3) , Noel Redding (tracks: 4 to 12)
Drums - Mitch Mitchell (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 12)
Vocals, Guitar - Jimi Hendrix (tracks: 1 to 5, 7 to 10, 12)

Backing Vocals - Andy Fairweather Low (1), Roger Chapman (1),Noel Redding (9),
Percussion - Juma Sultan (2),Rocki Dzidzornu (6,12)
Drums - Rocky Isaac (3)
Maracas - Al Marks (3)
Tambourine - Chris Grimes (3)






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Originally released (P)&(C) 2010 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. under license to Sony Music Entertainment

CD: Experience Hendrix, Legacy, 88697 64056 2 (US)

2 x LP: Legacy MOVLP075 (EU)
Manufactured & distributed by Music On Vinyl B.V. for Sony Music Entertainment

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JIMI HENDRIX Valleys Of Neptune ratings distribution


3.06
(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(8%)
8%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(42%)
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Review by jammun
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3 stars Well, a new Hendrix album. Twelve new songs, six of which I've heard in at least one previous incarnation. Here are my first impressions. For the sake of brevity (and because I am incapable of describing the magic), this assumes familiarity with Hendrix's early albums.

Stone Free lacks the nuances of the version we're all familiar with, but not a bad take on it. I'd still vote for the original over this one.

Valleys of Neptune is very much Cry of Love material. It's got the funkier sound of his later work, to the point one would wonder why it was not on that album. Seriously reminiscent of Straight Ahead, for example. But realistically, nothing to get too excited about.

Bleeding Heart has been around in a few incarnations. Of the ones I've heard, this is probably definitive, with excellent wah guitar (and otherwise) throughout.

I'd previously only heard the live version of Hear My Train A Comin' . This is pure blues, in the Voodoo Chile Slight Return mold. In fact ol' Jimi sez Gonna be a Voodoo Chile" at one point. And yes he is. Wave after wave of guitar magic.

Mr. Bad Luck. Yes, look over yonder...nice groove. Realistically, other than the referential lyrics, this one's more or less a throwaway.

Sunshine of Your Love. Hendrix plays Clapton. Holy Shite! There's a sort of waka-waka funkfest in the middle, which detracts in general, but it eventually evolves to the Outside Woman Blues riff so all's forgiven. But if you're wondering about the mythical Hendrix, step right up...it's all here.

Lover Man is simply just raining sheets of blues. Ironic, that this is a pretty average blues workout for Hendrix. For anyone else, it's their masterpiece.

Ships Passing... See comments for Valleys of Neptune. More Cry of Love era material. He's reaching for something beyond what he's been doing, but not quite figuring out how to get there. Make no mistake...the guitar is already there. The songwriting, not quite.

Fire -- not like I've heard this before. Decent alternate take, but without "move over rover, let Jimi take over" it just ain't happening for me.

Red House -- a bit too slow for my taste, but if you want to hear impeccable blues guitar, look no further. What did i say a few songs back? Wave after wave of guitar magic, really an onslaught. The amazing thing: he knows none of the 'modern era' tricks and still outshines his successors.

Lullaby... see comments for Ships Passing...I hear a bit of Izabella lurking within here.

Crying Blue Rain -- Voodoo Chile Slight Return, take three. Low wattage blues, for the most part, though it gets to a bit of standard rock towards the end.

The sound quality is clean throughout. New album, but you'll not hear much new here...just song after song of that prototypical Hendrix sound.

Really, I do not intend to demean the album. It's a good one. Given the offal that's borne the Hendrix name in the past, this one shines. If you've got your Hendrix house in order, it will fit right in. But I'd say a newcomer to Hendrix would be better served by one or more of the original three albums.

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Posted Saturday, March 13, 2010

Review by debrewguy
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2 stars In this day & age, the marvels of modern business enterprise give the dedicated fan a treasure trove of heretofore unknown recordings from our musical idols. DVDs, concerts, box sets, many provide a music fan like me with new music from my idols who no longer record or tour, or exist for that matter.

Unfortunately, that also means releases like Valley of Neptune. Alternate versions, out-takes, incomplete recordings finished up & filled out with overdubs many years later .

Even the recent series of "new" Jimi releases give pause to the many of his fans. First the titles all seem to play on the man's "psychedelic shaman mystic" image - Voodoo Soup, First Rays of the New Rising Sun, South Saturn Delta - they seem creations of a marketing dept rather than an inspired artistic phrase.<>

But, these concerns are irrelevant to the music. Except that the music itself comes across just as tired, and it's not hard to see why Hendrix didn't put out much of this stuff while he was alive. Yes, the unfinished songs are interesting, but the finished product can not be said to fulfill the guitarist's vision. Because he ain't here to say or do so.

Soooo ... if you're among the hard core of Jimi's fans, this will interest you. And you can rest assured that there's still more to come. But if you're like me, you didn't need to hear very inferior versions of songs like Stone Free or Fire that add nothing to the original , not musically or historically. And you don't need to hear the unreleased stuff that makes you think a great artist like Hendrix wrote and sang more crappy music than good or great. As a comparison, The Beatles anthologies did so. This album, Valley of Neptune does not.<>

And in the end, I play this music, and I'm left thinking that if you look at Jimi's whole output, the quality has been tilting wildly to the bad . Please , to those who run his estate, a higher level of quality control, and less artistic license (re-recordings, adding parts by other musicians) is what you have to look at if you say you're looking after the Hendrix legacy and reputation. And this release is not something that elevates Jimi's standing as a great musician. <>

Stay away unless you can't get enough of him. For the rest of us, the old albums are worthy of our time. <>

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Review by snobb
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3 stars So, new (?) Jimi Hendrix album. How good it is? I think, it is generally good.

You can really enjoy it if you never owned original Hendrix studio album, or his great live album, or good compilation (one from hundred possible). If you have his name, but just missed his legacy ( all generation is growing, so it's no joke). It is not a best entry album, but could be used for that as well.

You can enjoy this album as well if your only Hendrix is "Blues" compilation (really great one). So, you will hear more different sides of his music. For sure you must have it, if you're collector ( I believe this category is main market target of this release).

In all other cases this album is still not bad. For your money you will get 12 songs ( four of them are really unreleased), good sound quality and feeling that you own fresh Hendrix album. Possibly, you wouldn't be too much happy, when after listening you will realize, that almost half of all songs you heard many times before (ok, there are formally slightly different versions). And possibly you will be a bit disappointed because some compositions sound more as demo versions or studio outtakes ( they really are). But what could you expect from new album of great guitarist some decades after his death?

So - no way sensation. Listenable and pleasant in many moments, but hardly "new" album, and money wasn't the last reason of this release for sure. But -what a terrible time we are living in? Listening new Hendrix album I am speaking about money....

Just listen and enjoy - once again, he is one of greatest guitarist in rock history.

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Review by Sheavy
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3 stars More Hendrix for his worshipers. Well that would include me so I got this on cd the day it came out.

This cd, like many of his that were released post humously, it is very uneven with songs ranging from excellent to not so excellent. I do not like the version of Stone Free here, because it just does not have that raw sound that the original one had. The version of Fire also suffers from this problem. It just does not have the same Fire ( sorry, bad pun) as the original. Valley Of Neptune and Ships Passing are a bit of deviances from the norm for Hendrix and while they are decent songs, and I do like the keyboards in Ships, overall, they do not capture me like some of the other songs here. Overall this album mainly shows Hendrix in his bluesy moods. Some are better than others here, those being the interesting version of Sunshine of Your Love which shows Hendrix covering the famous Eric Clapton. The version of red House here is also another favorite of mine. Slow drawn out blues track with great guitar playing. The same goes for Hear My Train Comin'. Great blues piece with outstanding guitar playing.

I will go on to the two Live in studio songs that I got with my releae. They are both instrumental affairs with more bluesy guitar. They are certaintly not the best live Hendrix as they come off as sounding like they just got bored one day in the studio and decided to just jam around for the sake of it. While I have no problem with this, I could appreciate them much more of there already wasn't ten thousand live releases featuring these muscians already. Trash Man is the first jam and has a nice riff at the beginning and could be Hendrix laying the groundwork for a new song, with the only thing missing being the vocals, as the bass and drums are present. Slow Version is along the same lines as Trash Man with bass and drums, and the only thing missing is vocals. I also like this better of the two bonus songs, because it has some nice soloing and very raw and bluesy riffs layed down by Hendrix.

Overall this is still something that I think people should get even if it is just trying to rake money in on Hendrixes namesake.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Valleys Of Neptune' - Jimi Hendrix (6/10)

When Jimi Hendrix was alive, he released three studio albums. Post-humously, another ten popped out. Most of these haven't been much more than shameless cash-ins by those still living, trying to make an extra buck off of the music of the dearly departed. 'Valleys Of Neptune' is the most recent of these, and also arguably the best, although it is not a studio album in the conventional sense. Instead, this is a collection of previously unreleased studio material, and while the music here still sounds a little more familiar to a Hendrix listener than would have desired, this is a nice dose of material from a guitarist we lost all too soon.

In their efforts to create a follow-up to the highly acclaimed 'Electric Ladyland', the Jimi Hendrix Experience laboured on these tracks shortly before Hendrix met his untimely demise. As a result, a lot of the music heard on 'Valleys Of Neptune' was left unfinished, and this is evident through inconsistent production and a more raw feeling than usually heard on a Hendrix release. As far as the style and songs themselves go, this is standard Hendrix fare, with many of his classics poking up here in the forms of alternate takes. There are a handful of songs here that weren't heard on the original albums, but much of the work here are either covers of other artists, or fresh renditions of Hendrix's material. As Hendrix was prone to do with his covers, he does not merely play another artist's material, but rather puts his own convincing and unique spin on them. 'Sunshine Of Your Love' for example is made into an instrumental psych rock jam. As for the 'new' versions of his existing music, they are not much special- they are made different from the originals, but usually this only amounts to a difference in mixing and dynamics in the performance, rather than legitimately new ideas coming through.

The title track 'Valleys Of Neptune' is arguably the most relevant track here, being one of the most sought-after recordings of Hendrix's before this album came out. It is a bluesy track with some great guitar ideas; he shows his skill with the instrument within the context of the songwriting, rather than relying on a solo to strut his stuff. For lovers of Hendrix's guitar solos, there are plenty to choose from here, and from a historical context, it is pretty amazing what the man was doing. There is aggression in his playing that was not usually heard in popular music of the time. All the same, there is no getting past the fact that this is a work that is defined by its incompletion; Hendrix himself would not have been satisfied with the way most of these recordings have ended up, and perhaps he would not have even wanted them heard to begin with. The charm of his music is here though, and while this ultimately adds little to the legend of Jimi Hendrix, it's nice to hear some ever-so-slightly fresh material from him.

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2 stars Certainly not the place to begin with Hendrix - and it seems unlikely that many people would start here - I do believe that Valleys of Neptune really is for fans only. Despite the rush of excitement that came with this album's release, even for a collection of rarities, it's not all that fascinat ... (read more)

Report this review (#778202) | Posted by dreadpirateroberts | Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I have been a Jimi Hendrix fan for a while. I am only 14, but I still love everything he did. This being said, this album is great. Many people complain at how most of these songs have already been released, but they ave been released over many CDs that I don't want to bother buying. This album to ... (read more)

Report this review (#271564) | Posted by Crimson Animals | Saturday, March 13, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars As a life long fan of the great guitarist, this highly anticipated release was very much looked forward to by these "experienced" ears. Jimi's step-sister, Janie, who now heads Experience Hendrix has marketed and exploited Jimi's legacy in a less than honorable way with this release, in my opi ... (read more)

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