March 19, 2010
Album Review: Jimi Hendrix - 'Valleys Of Neptune' (Sony)
A well needed reminder of the Hendrix's earth-shattering output
No-one needs reminding of Hendrix’s genius; but his studio mastery is often overlooked in favour of guitar pyrotechnics – literally and metaphorically. Live, Hendrix’s Experience were in danger of leaving audiences with third-degree burns. These 12 tracks chart the original line-up’s last studio recordings, between ‘Electric Ladyland’’s 1968 release and Hendrix opening his own Electric Lady studios in 1970. Revisited ‘Are You Experienced’ cuts ‘Fire’ and ‘Red House’ set the tone for power trio workouts topped by the title cut, while live favourites ‘Hear My Train A Comin’’ and ‘Lover Man’ show that Hendrix needed his own studio to replace the rubble they’d have left behind at NYC’s hallowed Record Plant.
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