Hendrix`s “Valleys of Neptune” will be the # 1 record of 2010 (I predict)!

March 30, 2010 by  
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Valleys of Neptune is indeed a treasure. Every song is interesting. I found the most amazing review of the new Hendrix release, which will probably be the Record of the Year (I predict) for 2010. Yea, 41 years later. This innovative review was done by Joe Bosso for Musicradar.com. The thumbnail pics at the bottom are the songs. You open one of them, then read a very in depth analysis of the song, along with a nice pic of Jimi.

Take just one song, the 3rd cut, Bleeding Heart, recorded April 24th, 1969. For this session Jimi used his old army buddy, Billy Cox on bass. Hendrix and Noel Redding experienced a falling out. Hendrix actually uses Rocky Isaac from the Cherry People on drums. This is an Elmore James cover, but of course Jimi completely makes it his own. Jimi utilizes the wah wah pedal and a fuzz effect as innovatively as it`s ever been done.

Give Lullaby for Summer a spin, with The Experience still in tact (recorded the 7th of April, 1969). Hendrix recorded two distinct guitar parts that are contrapuntal in nature. This rare gem was just recently uncovered. A miracle! Somehow Hendrix is back from the dead? I dare say, new releases from new bands are going to have their hands full with topping the Master! Experience it now! *(my photo was an accident, a double exposure that captures the psychedelic aura of Jimi.)

Feel the LOVE-New Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune!

March 29, 2010 by  
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I see-sawed, I fudged, I waffled as I roamed Waterloo yesterday in search of a record that wouldn`t go straight to my Cut-Out Bin. This is a graveyard for records that die a horrible death. But on the horizon was a blue cover, a savior of sorts, it`s Jimi Hendrix Valleys Of Neptune. 12 new Hendrix tracks for most of us, except the bootleg fanatics who already have these tracks. This is Hendrix`s follow up to Electric Ladyland, and was mostly recorded in early 1969 with The Experience.

I`m blown away! Don`t know what to say. I`ve never heard any of these tracks before. I would recommend getting a brick and mortar store bought copy of this CD. Waterloo had a vinyl edition that looked delicious! But the booklet has new pics of Jimi and killer linernotes that give you history about the songs, when and where they were recorded, and even what Jimi was thinking in terms of production and artistic direction. John McDermott has brought the moribund art of linernotes back to life here!

Naturally, you will want to break down every song, if not every note played by Jimi Hendrix on this brand new album-Valleys Of Neptune. Fave so far is an instrumental, Lullaby For The Summer, track 11. Maybe Jimi will chart again? Can you dig it? New J.H. and it`s 1969 again? Get out the tie-die…