|Compilation album by|
|Recorded||1968–1970; 1975 (overdubs)|
|Producer||Alan Douglas, Tony Bongiovi|
|Jimi Hendrix chronology|
Midnight Lightning is a posthumous compilation album by American rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. It was released in November 1975 by Reprise Records in the US and Polydor Records in the UK. 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 and 46 in the UK.
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. The only original recording (apart from those by Hendrix) was Mitchell's drumming on "Hear My Train". 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.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
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". 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."
All tracks are written by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted.
|1.||"Trash Man"||Hear My Music|
Valleys of Neptune (Target edition)
|2.||"Midnight Lightning"||South Saturn Delta||3:49|
|3.||"Hear My Train"||Valleys of Neptune||5:43|
|4.||"Gypsy Boy (New Rising Sun)"||People, Hell and Angels||3:45|
|1.||"Blue Suede Shoes" (Carl Perkins)||3:29|
|3.||"Once I Had a Woman"||Blues||5:20|
|4.||"Beginnings" (Mitch Mitchell)||3:02|