Valleys Of Neptune - Jimi Hendrix
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  • Summary: The 12 unreleased recordings by rock legend Jimi Hendrix include new versions of songs that were under consideration to be included on a follow-up to 1968's "Electric Ladyland."
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  1. 93
    With the promise of 12 fully-completed, untainted studio recordings that have otherwise gone unheard by the public (and even the most inventive of bootleggers), I arrives with considerable significance to all things guitar-worthy.
  2. The album’s crisp production captures every nuance of Hendrix’ technical wizardry—drums snap and guitars burble in simpatico, offering a hazy and heavy backdrop to road-trip yarns (“Stone Free”), flirtations with bluegrass (“Crying Blue”) and show-stopping covers (“Sunshine of Your Love” and “Bleeding Heart”).
  3. Some tunes were “inexplicably excised from the original multitrack master,’’ the liner notes say, but the bottom line is that this is a potent release full of Jimi’s improvisatory guitar mania.
  4. As completist-pleasing collections go, this has a lot to recommend it. Just don’t mistake it for anything but a postscript to a postscript to a brilliant career.
  5. Of these 12 songs, half are relatively unfamiliar, although a journey into YouTube reveals that hardcore Hendrix fans have uncovered them all before, with different names or in different forms.
  6. 60
    Taken as a whole, these poignant moments never threaten to cohere into a greater whole. [Apr 2010, p.111]
  7. For a visionary guy like Hendrix, this glorified compilation isn't as imaginary as it could be.

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  1. Oct 27, 2010
    6
    Probably the worst Hendrix album I own, Valleys of Neptune is still a decent album with a couple of highlights. The title track is a nice, psychedelic affair and 'Bleeding Heart' keeps Jimi bluesy, these along with Hear My Train A' Comin' are the best tracks on the album. But, the album is made worse by instrumentals that are nothing special. The album seems to forgot, Jimi's most underrated aspect, his superb voice and it serves to its detriment. Expand