Land of the Midnight Sun (album)

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Land of the Midnight Sun
Cover - midnight sun.jpg
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 Midnight Sun
(1976)
Elegant Gypsy
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

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]

Side One
  1. "The Wizard" (James Mingo Lewis) – 6:46
  2. "Land of the Midnight Sun" (Al Di Meola) – 9:10
    • Al Di Meola - electric guitar
    • Barry Miles - electric piano, Mini-Moog synthesizer
    • Anthony Jackson - bass
    • Lenny White - drums
    • Mingo Lewis - percussion
  3. "Sarabande from Violin Sonata in B Minor, (Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002)" (Johann Sebastian Bach) – 1:20
    • Al Di Meola - acoustic guitar
  4. "Love Theme from Pictures of the Sea" (Al Di Meola) – 2:25
    • Al Di Meola - 6- and 12-string acoustic and 6-string electric guitars, vocals, synthesizer, chimes
    • Patty Buyukas - vocals
    • Stanley Clarke - bass, vocals
    • Mingo Lewis - percussion
Side Two
  1. "Suite Golden Dawn" - (Al Di Meola) – 9:49
    • I. "Morning Fire" - 1:15
    • II. "Calmer of the Tempests" - 1:11
    • III. "From Ocean to the Clouds" - 8:38
  • Al Di Meola - electric guitar
  • Barry Miles - electric piano, Mini-Moog synthesizer
  • Jaco Pastorius - bass
  • Alphonse Mouzon - drums
  • Mingo Lewis - percussion
  1. "Short Tales of the Black Forest" (Chick Corea) – 5:41
    • Al Di Meola - 6-string acoustic guitar, gong
    • Chick Corea - acoustic piano, marimba [3]

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Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard 200 129[5]
1976 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 13[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Land of the Midnight Sun - Al di Meola | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 61. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Al-Di-Meola-Land-Of-The-Midnight-Sun/release/4416006
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Al-Di-Meola-Land-Of-The-Midnight-Sun/release/1485926
  5. ^ a b "Land of the Midnight Sun - Al di Meola | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.