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[Longhorn Review] Valleys of Neptune

Material Type: All, music — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 15, 2010, 9:59 am

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Forty years after his death, the music of Jimi Hendrix still sounds as lovely and
exciting as ever. Especially in our current landscape of meticulously auto-tuned and
endlessly stacked digital recordings, listening to these directly in-the-moment
takes is exhilarating. The latest release from the Hendrix archives, "Valleys of
Neptune" is a compilation of 12 tracks of unreleased versions of mostly familiar
tunes. The production is chill-inducing and fantastically 3-dimensional. Most of
these takes are just terrific and offer fresh insight into the mind of one of rock's
true visionaries. The very dreamy version of "Red House" is super cool, and the take
of "Bleeding Heart" flat out smokes.

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