Chain Lightning (album)

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Chain Lightning
Studio album by Don McLean
Released December 1978
Recorded Jun 26, 1978 — Aug 23, 1978
Genre Rock, country
Label Casablanca
Producer Larry Butler
Don McLean chronology
Prime Time
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Chain Lightning is an album by American singer-songwriter Don McLean. It was first released in December 1978 in the UK and other markets, but not released for another two years in the US following its delayed success in European markets.[3] The lead single "Crying" became a major hit for McLean, reaching No.1 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1980. The album was subsequently repackaged and released in the US where it also became a success with "Crying" reaching the top five in early 1981. "Since I Don't Have You" was also released as a single, becoming another big hit.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Don McLean, except where indicated.

  1. "Words and Music"
  2. "Crying" (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson)
  3. "It's Just the Sun"
  4. "Lotta Lovin'" (Bernice Bedwell)
  5. "Chain Lightning"
  6. "Your Cheatin' Heart" (Hank Williams)
  7. "Wonderful Night"
  8. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (Paul Anka)
  9. "Since I Don't Have You" (Wally Lester, Joe VerScharen, Janet Vogel, Lenny Martin, Joseph Rock, James Beaumont, Jackie Taylor)
  10. "Genesis (In the Beginning)"
  11. "It's a Beautiful Life"
  12. "If You Could Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 28
UK Album Charts[4] 19
Canadian RPM Top Albums 25
Canadian RPM Country Albums 3