Midnight Special (Harry Belafonte album)

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The Midnight Special
Midnight Special.jpg
Studio album by Harry Belafonte
Released 1962
Genre Vocal
Label RCA Victor LSP2449
Producer Hugo Montenegro
Harry Belafonte chronology
Jump Up Calypso
(1961)Jump Up Calypso1961
Midnight Special
The Many Moods of Belafonte
(1962)The Many Moods of Belafonte1962
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

The Midnight Special is a 1962 album by Jamaican-American singer, Harry Belafonte. The album notably contains the very first official recording of Bob Dylan, who plays harmonica on the title track.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Midnight Special" – 3:55
  2. "Crawdad Song" – 3:32
  3. "Memphis Tennessee" – 4:53
  4. "Gotta Travel On" – 4:20
  5. "Did You Hear About Jerry?" – 2:52
  6. "On Top of Old Smokey" – 5:54
  7. "Muleskinner" – 3:26
  8. "Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad" – 5:40
  9. "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" (Traditional) – 3:54

Critical reception[edit]

Pig River Records praised "The Midnight Special" on its 50th anniversary giving it 8.1/10.


Production notes:

  • Hugo Montenegro – producer
  • Conducted and arranged by Jimmy Jones
  • Bob Simpson – engineer, mastering
  • Peter Perri – cover photo
  • Bob Bollard – liner notes

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1962 The Billboard 200 8