Al Di Meola’s ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ is his first album released on October 25, 1976 by Columbia.
Track Listing : 1.The Wizard (James Mingo Lewis) – 06:46 . 2.Land Of The Midnight Sun (Al Di Meola) – 09:10 . 3.Sarabande From Violin Sonata In B Minor, (Partita No. 1 In B Minor, Bwv 1002) (Johann Sebastian Bach) – 01:20 . 4.Love Theme From Pictures Of The Sea (Al Di Meola) – 02:25 . 5.Suite Golden Dawn: (Al Di Meola) – 09:49 . – Morning Fire . – Calmer Of The Tempests . – From Ocean To The Clouds . 6.Short Tales Of The Black Forest (Chick Corea) – 05:41
Musicians : Al Di Meola – Guitars, Synthesizer, Percussion, Vocals . Anthony Jackson – Bass Guitar On (1 – 2) . Stanley Clarke – Bass Guitar, Vocals On (4) . Jaco Pastorius – Bass Guitar On (5) . Barry Miles – Keyboards, Synthesizer On (2 – 5) . Chick Corea – Piano, Marimba On (6) . Steve Gadd – Drums On (1) . Lenny White – Drums On (2) . Alphonse Mouzon – Drums On (5) . James Mingo Lewis – Percussion On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5), Keyboards On (1) . Patty Buyukas – Vocals On (4)
Production : Produced By Al Di Meola . Dane Butcher – Engineer . Frank D’Augusta – Assistant Engineer . Bob Ludwig – Mastering . David Palmer – Engineer, Mixing
Package : Paula Scher – Cover Design . Jerry Abromowitz – Photography . Darryl Pitt – Photography
Recorded December 1975-July 1976.
Released On October 25, 1976 By Columbia.
Overall, this album is every bit as great as I had expected it to beand then some. From this it’s pretty clear that the brilliance of Al Di Meola was there for everyone to see, even at such an early stage of his career […]
Classic Rock Review
All in all, this is a good album of proggy jazz rock with enough spice and variety that it kept my interest throughout. Land of the Midnight Sun is recommended along with the excellent follow-up album Elegant Gypsy (1977) to those fans of both progressive rock and jazz rock. […]
Overall, Land of the Midnight Sun serves to showcase Al DiMeola’s limitations as a musician and a composer. I would blame it on his extreme youth, but DiMeola didn’t get a whole lot better with age, either. […]