Jimi Hendrix :: Valleys of Neptune

Written by on April 15, 2010 in April 15, 2010, Music Reviews - Comments Off on Jimi Hendrix :: Valleys of Neptune

Sony Legacy

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix was, is, and will always be the greatest guitarist who walked the face of the earth. If you approach ‘Valleys Of Neptune’ as a new Hendrix album, you will likely find yourself pretty disappointed. “Valleys of Neptune” is a fine track that hasn’t seen much of a release in the past (it did show up in different form on the “Lifelines” box 20 years ago), but everything else here is either a remake (“Stone Free,” “Fire”), a studio recording of a live staple (the extended “Red House,” “Hear My Train A Comin'”), or an instrumental take that probably needed some more work for an album release. With the right expectations, though, this is a fine release. All Hendrix fans should enjoy this record. I can’t understand why they wouldn’t. Nevertheless it is a listenable collection and the master is pumping out plenty of exciting music on his guitar. Star Spangled Banner is from this period as well and is a bit of a surprising omission. But you can get that if you buy the box set from a few years ago. This set is very much in the spirit of South Saturn Delta and the box set, explorations that didn’t quite reach Jimi’s lofty standards. I’m guessing a new listener would still be amazed.