Land of the Midnight Sun (album)

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Land of the Midnight Sun
Studio album by Al Di Meola
Released 25 October 1976
Recorded December 1975-July 1976
Genre Latin jazz, jazz fusion
Length 35:11
Label Columbia
Producer Al Di Meola
Al Di Meola chronology
Land of the Mifnight Sun
Elegant Gypsy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Land of the Midnight Sun is the first album by Al Di Meola, released in 1976. The complex pieces (which include the three-part "Suite-Golden Dawn," an acoustic duet with Chick Corea on "Short Tales of the Black Forest" and a brief Bach violin sonata) show Di Meola's range even at this early stage.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Wizard" (James Mingo Lewis) – 6:46
  2. "Land of the Midnight Sun" (Al Di Meola) – 9:10
  3. "Sarabande from Violin Sonata in B Minor, (Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002)" (Johann Sebastian Bach) – 1:20
  4. "Love Theme from Pictures of the Sea" (Al Di Meola) – 2:25
  5. "Suite Golden Dawn": (Al Di Meola) – 9:49
    • Morning Fire
    • Calmer of the Tempests
    • From Ocean to the Clouds
  6. "Short Tales of the Black Forest" (Chick Corea) – 5:41


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard 200 129[2]
1976 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 13[2]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Land of the Midnight Sun - Al di Meola | AllMusic". Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Land of the Midnight Sun - Al di Meola | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 October 2013.