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Midnight Lightning
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 1975 (1975-11)
Recorded1968–1970; 1975 (overdubs)
Genre Rock
Label Polydor
Producer Alan Douglas, Tony Bongiovi
Jimi Hendrix chronology
Crash Landing
Midnight Lightning
The Essential Jimi Hendrix

Midnight Lightning is a posthumous compilation album by American rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. [1] It was released in November 1975 by Reprise Records in the US and Polydor Records in the UK. [1] It was the second to be produced by Alan Douglas and Tony Bongiovi and contains demo-type recordings that were overdubbed with musicians who had never played with Hendrix. Despite including reworkings of the popular live songs "Hear My Train" and " Machine Gun", the album was not as well received as its predecessor, peaking at numbers 43 in the US [2] and 46 in the UK. [3]


Douglas continued the controversial methods he had adopted on Crash Landing and brought in many of the same session musicians to overdub parts of songs. [4] The only original recording (apart from those by Hendrix) was Mitchell's drumming on " Hear My Train". [4] In response to the previous outcry from fans and critics, Douglas did not claim co-writer credit for any songs on Midnight Lightning. After Experience Hendrix secured the rights to Hendrix's recordings in 1997, original versions of the tracks have been released on further albums and boxsets.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [4]
Christgau's Record GuideB+ [5]

In Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau regarded Midnight Lightning as an improvement by Douglas over Crash Landing because of highlight instrumentals such as "Trash Man", overdubbed guitar from Jeff Mironov and Lance Quinn, and "the blues playing — as opposed to singing or writing". [5] AllMusic's Joe Viglione later said the enduring quality of Hendrix's music was retained in spite of Douglas's "doctoring and musicians jamming with his art after the fact." [4]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitlePost-Douglas release(s)Length
1."Trash Man" Hear My Music
Valleys of Neptune ( Target edition)
2."Midnight Lightning" 3:49
3." Hear My Train" Valleys of Neptune [6]5:43
4." Gypsy Boy (New Rising Sun)" People, Hell and Angels [7]3:45
Side two
No.TitlePost-Douglas release(s)Length
1." Blue Suede Shoes" ( Carl Perkins) 3:29
2." Machine Gun" 7:36
3."Once I Had a Woman" Blues5:20
4."Beginnings" ( Mitch Mitchell) First Rays of the New Rising Sun3:02


Added in 1975

  • Jeff Mironov – guitar on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8
  • Lance Quinn – guitar on tracks 2, 4, 6 and 7
  • Allan Schwartzberg – drums on tracks 1, 2, 4–8, percussion on tracks 3 and 4
  • Bob Babbitt – bass guitar
  • Jimmy Maelen – percussion on tracks 2 and 8
  • Maeretha Stewart – backing vocals on tracks 2, 4 and 7
  • Barbara Massey – backing vocals on tracks 2, 4 and 7
  • Vivian Cherry – backing vocals on tracks 2, 4 and 7
  • Buddy Lucas – harmonica on track 7


  1. ^ a b Moskowitz, David (2010). The Words and Music of Jimi Hendrix. ABC-CLIO. pp. 102, 165. ISBN  0313375925. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Jimi Hendrix: Chart history". Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Jimi Hendrix". Official Charts. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Viglione, Joe. "Jimi Hendrix: Midnight Lightning - Review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: H". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN  089919026X. Retrieved February 26, 2019 – via
  6. ^ Valleys of Neptune uses the title "Hear My Train A Comin'".
  7. ^ People Hell and Angels uses the title "Hey Gypsy Boy".

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