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