Valleys of Neptune

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Valleys of Neptune
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Compilation album by Jimi Hendrix
ReleasedMarch 5, 2010 (2010-03-05)
Recorded1967–1970, 1987
GenreRock[1]
Length61:40
LabelLegacy
Producer
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 compilation album[2] by American rock musician Jimi Hendrix. Released in the United States on March 9, 2010, the album boasts "12 previously unreleased studio recordings,"[3] including the title track, "one of the most sought after of all of Hendrix's commercially unavailable recordings."[3]

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.[4] 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.[4] The lead single released from the album was "Valleys of Neptune", on February 1, 2010, followed by "Bleeding Heart" on March 1;[5] 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.

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.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]
The A.V. ClubB–[8]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[9]
Entertainment WeeklyB–[1]
Filter93/100[10]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[11]
PopMatters7/10[12]
Q3/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[14]
Spin7/10[15]

Valleys of Neptune received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, it received an average score of 68, based on 15 reviews.[16] In Rolling Stone, critic Will Hermes found the music beautiful and exciting, while writing, "Are these tracks 'finished' as Hendrix would've intended? Probably not. But as a glimpse of the guitarist extending his reach beyond the Experience trio, it's thrilling.".[14] Greg Kot, writing for the Chicago Tribune, called it "a sharp snapshot of a musical genius in the studio during a period of transition".[9] Ludovic Hunter-Tilney from the Financial Times called the album "a cut above the many posthumous cash-ins released in [Hendrix's] name."[17]

In the Los Angeles Times, Ann Powers was less enthusiastic and felt "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."[11] Q found it "lighter sonically" than Hendrix's better known work and ultimately of "limited appeal".[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted..

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Stone Free" 3:48
2."Valleys of Neptune" 4:05
3."Bleeding Heart"Elmore James6:23
4."Hear My Train A Comin'" 7:32
5."Mr. Bad Luck" 2:58
6."Sunshine of Your Love" (instrumental)Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Pete Brown6:48
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.TitleLength
13."Trash Man" (instrumental)7:27
14."Slow Version" (instrumental)4:58
Total length:73:59

Recording details[edit]

All recording details are included in the Valleys of Neptune booklet[4]

  • 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

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 7
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 2
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22] 13
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 4
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 6
Irish Albums (IRMA)[25] 32
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 5
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[27] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[28] 17
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[29] 23
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[30] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[31] 23
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 8
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 21
US Billboard 200[35] 4
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[36] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[37] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[38] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200 124[39]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[40] Gold 25,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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