Pin It
Submit to Reddit

CD Review: Jimi Hendrix's Valleys of Neptune 

The Deal: Another posthumous release from the guitar legend includes 12 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1969 with the original Hendrix Experience lineup – Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell.

The Good: While you may think, judging by the song titles, you've heard most of these songs before, that's simply not the case. The album kicks off with one of Hendrix's signature tunes, "Stone Free," but the arrangement here is quite different. Between the harmonized chorus, the different rhythm and cadence to the lyrics and the shredding guitar solo, it's not the song you're familiar with. Next up is the hotly anticipated title track – such ease in the riffs and strumming with Hendrix's smooth blues-rock vocals over the top. It's difficult to listen to the playing of Hendrix and not be impressed by his talents. Hendrix himself admitted that he wasn't the best singer, but he had so much personality in his vocals that sound like the perfect tone against the lightning-in-a-bottle guitar playing. When he unleashes the wah pedal right before the solo of the six-and-a-half-minute "Bleeding Heart," it's jaw-dropping as it transforms into a psychedelic journey. There's an extended, bluesy intro for "Red House," and he tackles "Sunshine of Your Love" with ease, putting emotion behind every note on the instrumental version.

The Bad: Though most of these tracks were being worked on for his planned fourth studio album, we'll never know if he viewed these as complete or not. How many versions of "Fire" are there? New albums should keep to the new stuff, but it's not easy when someone with so much music only actually released three albums before his death.

The Verdict: See "The Bad" above, but note that most fans will take anything "new" anytime they can get their hands on it. It's more music from a genius who died too soon. Sit back, and listen intently to his playful work.

Pin It
Submit to Reddit


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Creative Loafing encourages a healthy discussion on its website from all sides of the conversation, but we reserve the right to delete any comments that detract from that. Violence, racism and personal attacks that go beyond the pale will not be tolerated.

Search Events

Photo Galleries

  • On Saturday, Oct. 21, hundreds gathered at Camp North End on Statesville Avenue for Charlotte's first black alternative music festival. We captured some of the bands in action on stage, but mostly we surveyed the grounds as fans, families, vendors and more lounged around the sprawling, colorful Camp North End site. It was a great day of music, food, fun, and sweet, autumn sunshine. (Photos by Mark Kemp)
» more slideshows
items in Creative Loafing Charlotte More in Creative Loafing Charlotte pool

© 2017 Womack Newspapers, Inc.
Powered by Foundation