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Jimi Hendrix: Valleys of Neptune

This collection of studio tracks was recorded in 1969, during the final days of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and just before bassist Noel Redding left the band.

(Sony Legacy)

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Jimi Hendrix has enjoyed quite the afterlife, said Keith Phipps in the A.V. Club. Since the guitar virtuoso’s death in 1970, at age 27, hundreds of posthumous recordings from his estate have surfaced—so many, in fact, that this latest might easily be overlooked. But it shouldn’t be, said Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune. While not “quite a lost album,” this collection of studio tracks from the final days of the Jimi Hendrix Experience comes “darn near close.” Half the 12 tracks, including “Red House” and “Stone Free,” are relatively familiar, yet the power trio’s electrifying performance “still vibrates the speakers.” Hendrix takes plenty of extended solos and “veers off into his own private galaxy” on a cover of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” Recorded in 1969, just before bassist Noel Redding left the band, Valleys of Neptune offers a “sharp snapshot of a musical genius in the studio during a period of transition.”

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