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Midnight Lightning

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000S997WK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Todd Jr. on March 7, 2013
Format: Vinyl
[This review is for the two-fer containing both Midnight Lightning and Crash Landing.] Reviewing any controversial release like Crash Landing or Midnight Lightning is a no win situation. While understanding the overdubbing controversy completely (which should be well known to most readers here) there is still the question of the music within as to its interest for Hendrix collectors and fans.

Hendrix bootlegs and semi-legal issuances have been ubiquitous for decades, but due to the overdubbing by Alan Douglas these two official releases from 1975 (originally on Reprise) are often attacked as unworthy of attention. My view is that the criticisms have some validity, yet, the music is still remarkably good to the open minded. The version I have of these two albums is a single cd two-fer which includes both albums in their entirety plus 3 bonus tracks.

All Music Guide's critic Joe Viglione summarizes the situation quite well in the review of Midnight Lightning:

"Is it blasphemy to say that this is a highly enjoyable disc? All the post-Cry of Love releases -- War Heroes, Crash Landing, Voodoo Soup, Blues, Hendrix in the West, Rainbow Bridge, the soundtrack to the Jimi Hendrix film, and this -- provide another crucial look at Hendrix. The more the merrier. It is great to have the official Hendrix estate with Janie Hendrix, John McDermott, and Eddie Kramer doing this properly, but this version of "Gypsy Boy (New Rising Sun)," the inclusion of Mitch Mitchell's "Beginnings," another "Machine Gun," and "Blue Suede Shoes" exist, thus they are important additions to the Hendrix archives.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Blackerby on April 2, 2011
Format: Vinyl
I remember "Midnight Lightning" coming out while I was in high school (showing my age here) and being amused by the furious media debate that accompanied it over whether it was appropriate to 'soup up' posthumous Hendrix albums with extensive post-production work (to some extent the debate had actually been raging since the release of 1972 "War Heroes"). As I recall hardcore Hendrix fans were furious with producers Alan Douglas and Tony Bongiovi for deleting some of the original backing tracks and bringing in a slew of sessions players to record backing tracks. Personally I never could understand the furor over the album since, other than the occasionally lame drumming and the glaring female backing singers (check out 'Gypsy Boy'), most of the post-production work sounded pretty modest and inconsequential to my untrained ears. That said, I'm apparently in the minority here. Still, given the mini-industry that's grown up in releasing posthumous Hendrix material, this one's really not that bad. With Douglas having culled material from across the breadth of Hendrix's recording career, by my count at least two thirds of the songs were worth hearing with the title track, 'Trash Man' and his cover of Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes' deserving special notice.

- As mentioned, the scorching opening instrumental 'Trash Man' was one of the album highlights. Great tune and to my ears the post production work really didn't detract. Even drummer Allan Schwartzberg managed to acquit himself with dignity on this one. rating: *** stars
- Even though it had some major shortcomings, I've always liked the title track. Probably the most straightforward commercial can mainstream song on the album, the big problem on this one was Hendrix's vocals came off as being distant and poorly mixed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Old Book Reader on July 11, 2012
Format: Vinyl
Remember listening to this in my friends backyard around the keg in the mid 70's. Big deal if there's overdubs. It is just an amazing album. Got the two-fer with Loose Ends and love both. What a steal a few years ago for $20.00!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walter Five VINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who are counting, this is the 10th Hendrix studio LP, and the 6th posthumous studio LP. For whatever reasons, Producer Alan Douglas doctored these tapes, bringing in a lot of studio session musicians to overdub and record portions and parts of each number-- people who'd never even *met* Jimi Hendrix. The album wasn't well recieved-- the perception was that it wasn't original Hendrix. But it is what it is, and to be fair, it includes several studio tracks of Hendrix songs that we'd otherwise only hear live-- he played "Midnite Lightning" at "The Isle of Wight" show; "Machine Gun" and "Hear My Train A-Comin'" at Woodstock, "Gypsy Boy" is a working of "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" performed in the film "Rainbow Bridge". "Blue Suede Shoes" appears to originate from the studio jam track on the posthumous "Loose Ends" LP.

Here's the track listing:

Side one
"Trashman" - 3:15
"Midnight Lightning" - 3:49
"Hear My Train A Comin'" - 5:43
"Gypsy Boy" - 3:45 [edit]

Side two
"Blue Suede Shoes" (Carl Perkins) - 3:29
"Machine Gun" - 7:36
"Once I Had a Woman" - 5:20
"Beginnings" (Mitch Mitchell) - 3:02

The origins of the tapes used for these tracks is obscure. The only original musician on this recording (apart from Hendrix himself) is Mitch Mitchell, who's drumming on "Hear My Train A Comin'". Fan response to this LP (and its predecessor, "War Heroes") is mixed. Some people like what Douglas did here. Some people think it's a disgrace to Jimi's memory. What is certain is that at the time it was released it was regarded as "product" more than anything else, and that what artistic merit it might have comes purely from Jimi's guitar and vocals; practically everything else was a posthumous add-on.
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