January 14th, 2010
Although Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash are deceased, their respective archives have been opened again.
The latest offering from the Hendrix estate is Valleys of Neptune.
Valleys of Neptune contains twelve tracks never before commercially available, which Hendrix recorded during a turbulent period near the end of his life.
In mid 1969 the classic Jimi Hendrix Experience lineup was in turmoil. Bassist Noel Redding was being replaced by Billy Cox and drummer Mitch Mitchell was soon to be sent packing too.
This was the background to the sessions which make up Valleys of Neptune, which includes covers of Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love and Elmore James’ Bleeding Heart, plus Mr Bad Luck, a track recorded in 1967.
Johnny Cash’s American series comes to a close next month with American VI: Ain’t No Grave.
“American VI: Ain’t No Grave,” billed as the final installment in a series of comeback recordings overseen by producer Rick Rubin, will be released on February 26, the 78th anniversary of Cash’s birth, said a spokeswoman for Rubin.
As with its predecessors, “Ain’t No Grave” is heavy on acoustic covers, including tunes written by Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson as well as a gospel number previously covered by Bob Dylan.
Cash himself contributed, “I Corinthians: 15:55,” a song he wrote during his last three years. He died on September 12, 2003 after years of poor health, and just four months after his wife, June Carter Cash.