Valleys of Neptune

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Valleys of Neptune
Studio album by Jimi Hendrix
Released March 5, 2010 (2010-03-05) (details)
Recorded 1967 (1967)–1970 (1970) (details), 1987
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock, funk rock, acid rock
Length 61:40
Label Legacy
Producer Jimi Hendrix, Chas Chandler, Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, John McDermott
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Live at Woburn
(2009)
Valleys of Neptune
(2010)
West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology
(2010)
Singles from Valleys of Neptune
  1. "Valleys of Neptune"
    Released: February 9, 2010
  2. "Bleeding Heart"
    Released: March 1, 2010

Valleys of Neptune is a posthumous album by American rock musician Jimi Hendrix. Released in the United States on March 9, 2010, the album boasts "12 previously unreleased studio recordings,"[1] including the title track, "one of the most sought after of all of Hendrix's commercially unavailable recordings."[1] The tracks on Valleys of Neptune were largely self-produced by Hendrix, and received extra posthumous production from Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.[2] Recorded mostly in 1969 following the release of Electric Ladyland, the album predominantly features the original lineup of The Jimi Hendrix Experience: vocalist and guitarist Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell.[2] The lead single released from the album was "Valleys of Neptune", on February 1, 2010, followed by "Bleeding Heart" on March 1;[3] music videos were produced for both songs.

Background[edit]

The majority of the tracks featured on Valleys of Neptune were recorded in early 1969, while Hendrix was experimenting with songs for his unfinished fourth album, following the successful release of Electric Ladyland in September 1968. Numerous versions have been released, both officially and otherwise, and the majority of the 'previously unreleased' recordings present on the 2010 album have been released in one form or another before, albeit sometimes in inferior quality or different versions.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
The Washington Post favorable[5]
Lincoln Journal Star A[6]

Writing for music website MusicRadar.com, critic Joe Bosso compiled a track-by-track review of Valleys of Neptune, an album in the whole that he described as "one of the best albums of 2010".[7] Ludovic Hunter-Tilney in the Financial Times was equally positive, awarding the album a four-star (of a maximum five) rating and describing it as "a cut above the many posthumous cash-ins released in [Hendrix's] name."[8] Ann Powers in the Los Angeles Times awarded the album "Two and a half stars (Out of four)", summarising her review by saying: "Fans will be fascinated by these bluesy riffs with the Experience, but this album of unreleased material from the archives doesn't convey much that was unknown."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jimi Hendrix, except "Bleeding Heart" by Elmore James and "Sunshine of Your Love" by Pete Brown, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton

No. Title Length
1. "Stone Free"   3:48
2. "Valleys of Neptune"   4:05
3. "Bleeding Heart" (Elmore James cover) 6:23
4. "Hear My Train A Comin'"   7:32
5. "Mr. Bad Luck"   2:58
6. "Sunshine of Your Love" (instrumental Cream cover) 6:48
7. "Lover Man"   4:17
8. "Ships Passing Through the Night"   5:54
9. "Fire"   3:14
10. "Red House"   8:22
11. "Lullaby for the Summer" (instrumental) 3:51
12. "Crying Blue Rain"   4:59
Total length:
61:40
Target bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Trash Man" (instrumental) 7:27
14. "Slow Version" (instrumental) 4:58
Total length:
73:59

Personnel[edit]

Recording details[edit]

All recording details are included in the Valleys of Neptune booklet[2]

  • Track 1 recorded on April 7, 9, 14 and May 17, 1969, at Record Plant Studios, New York, New York
  • Track 2 recorded on September 23, 1969, and May 15, 1970, at Record Plant Studios, New York, New York
  • Track 3 recorded on April 24, 1969, at Record Plant Studios, New York, New York
  • Track 4 recorded on April 7, 1969, at Record Plant Studios New York, New York
  • Track 5 recorded on May 5, 1967, at Olympic Studios, London, England, and June 5, 1987, at AIR Studios, London, England
  • Track 6 recorded on February 16, 1969, at Olympic Studios, London, England
  • Track 7 recorded on February 16, 1969, at Olympic Studios, London, England, and June 5, 1987, at AIR Studios, London, England
  • Track 8 recorded on April 14, 1969, at Record Plant Studios New York, New York
  • Tracks 9 and 10 recorded on February 17, 1969, at Olympic Studios, London, England
  • Track 11 recorded on April 7, 1969, at Record Plant Studios, New York, New York
  • Track 12 recorded on February 16, 1969, at Olympic Studios, London, England, and June 5, 1987, at AIR Studios, London, England
  • Track 13 recorded on April 3, 1969, at Olmstead Studios, New York, New York
  • Track 14 recorded on February 14, 1969, at Olympic Studios, London, England

Album cover[edit]

The album artwork is based on a painting by Hendrix himself in 1957. "He went through a phase doing watercolors at school and this was one of the 110 drawings of his that our father kept. When I saw this one he did in 1957, it screamed 'Valleys of Neptune' to me so we knew we'd use it for this project," said his step-sister, Janie. The album artwork is a mix of his painting and a Linda McCartney photograph of him with a blue tint.[10]

Release details[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog Ref.
Benelux March 5, 2010 Sony Music CD 886976405625 [11]
Germany [12]
United Kingdom March 8, 2010 Sony Music CD 88697640562 [13]
France March 8, 2010 Strategic Marketing CD [14]
United States March 9, 2010 Legacy Recordings CD 8869764056 [15]
Double LP album 88697640591 [16][17]
Japan March 10, 2010 Sony Music CD SICP2662 [18]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Argentinian Albums (CAPIF)[19] 7
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 8
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 7
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[24] 2
Croatian Foreign Albums (IFPI)[25] 4
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[26] 13
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[27] 4
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[28] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 6
German Albums (Official Top 100)[30] 34
Greek Albums (IFPI)[31] 4
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[32] 11
Irish Albums (IRMA)[33] 32
Italian Albums (FIMI)[34] 5
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[35] 92
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[36] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[37] 17
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[38] 23
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[39] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[40] 23
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[41] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 8
UK Albums (OCC)[43] 21
US Billboard 200[44] 4
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[45] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[46] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[47] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200 124[48]

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External links[edit]

"World wide chart info – Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune". ultratop.be. Retrieved September 6, 2011.