Jimi Hendrix’s “Valleys of Neptune,” one of the guitar great’s final recordings before his death in 1970 and the lead single off a compilation of the same name out March 9th, is streaming now on Spinner. While the track has never been officially released, as Rolling Stone previously reported, it did appear on 1990 four-disc set Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story. The “Valleys” single is due out February 2nd. In addition to compiling 12 unearthed recordings, Valleys of Neptune‘s artwork will also feature paintings that Hendrix created in high school.
“Before he became a musician, Jimi wanted to be an artist,” said Jimi’s sister and Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix of Valleys‘s album and single art. “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.” The final cover art on the disc blends Hendrix’s painting with a photo taken by Linda Eastman, or Linda McCartney as she was later known.
Experience Hendrix catalog director John McDermott tells Spinner that the recordings on Valleys of Neptunes bridge the gap between Hendrix’s classic Electric Ladyland and his legendary Woodstock performance. Valleys will also contain re-recorded versions of “Fire,” “Red House” and “Stone Free,” as well as unreleased tracks like “Lullaby for the Summer,” “Crying Blue Rain” and Ships Passing Through the Night.” In addition to Valleys, on March 9th all three of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s albums plus the 1997 comp First Rays of the Rising Sun will be reissued as CD/DVDs.