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Valleys of Neptune Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

From: Media Mechanics
Length: 58:59

A new CD helps answer the question: where was Jimi Hendrix headed next?

Jimi-hendrix-von_small Jimi Hendrix was very busy in 1969.  Coming off the success of the number 1 album, Electric Ladyland, Hendrix had developed a reputation as both a masterful showman and a brilliant experimentalist.

That year, Jimi built his own recording studio, closed the show at Woodstock, and recorded with a new group, The Band of Gypsys.  All the while, he kept up a busy touring schedule and recorded constantly. 


Unlike contemporary artists like The Beatles and Bob Dylan, Hendrix was not contractually obligated to record at a specific studio.  Consequently, he could record wherever he pleased and would grab studio time where and when he could.


Valleys of Neptune
is a chronicle of Jimi's studio experiments in 1969 and 70.  He seemed to have two goals: to perfect some of his earlier material (which he thought to be uneven) and to find a new musical direction.

The new CD contains examples of both - updated recordings of songs like Fire
, Red House and Stone Free along with studio renditions of live staples like Hear My Train A Comin' and Bleeding Heart combined with new material: Valleys of Neptune, Lullaby for the Summer, and Crying Blue.

The Valleys of Neptune radio special contains new interviews with Jimi's sister, Janie; his bass player and Army buddy, Billy Cox; his recording engineer, Eddie Kramer; his biographer, John McDermott; and Andy Fairweather Low who toured with Hendrix in 1967 and sings on the previously-unreleased version of Stone Free
.

These twelve previously-unreleased recordings help answer the question: where was Jimi headed next? 


The radio special provides a glimpse into a musical genius and gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at some "new" recordings by the man who changed forever the electric guitar.

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Jimi Hendrix was very busy in 1969.  Coming off the success of the number 1 album, Electric Ladyland, Hendrix had developed a reputation as both a masterful showman and a brilliant experimentalist.

That year, Jimi built his own recording studio, closed the show at Woodstock, and recorded with a new group, The Band of Gypsys.  All the while, he kept up a busy touring schedule and recorded constantly. 


Unlike contemporary artists like The Beatles and Bob Dylan, Hendrix was not contractually obligated to record at a specific studio.  Consequently, he could record wherever he pleased and would grab studio time where and when he could.


Valleys of Neptune
is a chronicle of Jimi's studio experiments in 1969 and 70.  He seemed to have two goals: to perfect some of his earlier material (which he thought to be uneven) and to find a new musical direction.

The new CD contains examples of both - updated recordings of songs like Fire
, Red House and Stone Free along with studio renditions of live staples like Hear My Train A Comin' and Bleeding Heart combined with new material: Valleys of Neptune, Lullaby for the Summer, and Crying Blue.

The Valleys of Neptune radio special contains new interviews with Jimi's sister, Janie; his bass player and Army buddy, Billy Cox; his recording engineer, Eddie Kramer; his biographer, John McDermott; and Andy Fairweather Low who toured with Hendrix in 1967 and sings on the previously-unreleased version of Stone Free
.

These twelve previously-unreleased recordings help answer the question: where was Jimi headed next? 


The radio special provides a glimpse into a musical genius and gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at some "new" recordings by the man who changed forever the electric guitar.

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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Crying Blues Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune. Experience Hendrix 2010 04:59
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland. MCA 1969 05:13
Valleys of Neptune Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune. Experience Hendrix 2010 04:01
Mr. Bad Luck Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune. Experience Hendrix 2010 02:55
Fire Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune. Experience Hendrix 2010 03:12
Stone Free Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune. Experience Hendrix 2010 03:45
Lullaby for the Summer Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune. Experience Hendrix 2010 03:46
Hear My Train A-Comin' Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune. Experience Hendrix 2010 07:29
Lover Man Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune. Experience Hendrix 2010 04:15

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