1968-1971 Reviews


“A hidden treasure that deserves a wider listen.” — All Music Guide A severe stoner hard rock thunderstorm from 1968-1971, Lightning was an offshoot of Minneapolis ’60s legends Litter and featured guitar wizard Tom Zippy Caplan, who left after recording their 1966 garage classic Distortions and 1968 psych masterpiece 0 Fine. The band started out as a power trio and cut one fierce Cream-inspired single, William b/w Of Paupers and Poets, under the White Lightning moniker with Twin Cities reco

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3 Responses to “1968-1971 Reviews”

  • Justin Gaines says:

    Review by Justin Gaines for 1968-1971
    I’ve been consuming a lot of 70’s “proto-metal” hard rock albums lately from bands like Atomic Rooster, Bloodrock, Budgie, and Warhorse that helped usher in the heavy metal sound I love, so I didn’t think twice about picking up this collection of Lightning recordings. Judging by the band photo and some of the song titles, I knew there was a better than average chance I’d like what I heard.

    Lightning’s sound was undeniably heavy, vaguely psychedelic, and surprisingly melodic. The band definitely drew inspiration from bands like Deep Purple, Cream, and Led Zeppelin. I’m by no means an expert on this era of music, so I’m probably missing a more apt point of comparison, but I know what I like, and I like Lightning’s hard rock sound. The combination of heavy, grooving riffs, soulful, emotional singing and the kind of guitar solos that nobody seemed to play outside of that brief period all make for a listening experience that transports you back in time, even if it happens to be before your time. The whole album rocks, but the band’s heavy version of the cowboy staple (Ghost) Riders in the Sky and frantic take on the William Tell Overture definitely stand out.

    This collection includes the full Lightning album plus a whole host of bonus tracks (b-sides, remixes, etc.), all digitally remastered, and features detailed liner notes that give some insight into this relatively unknown band. If you’re a serious classic rock fan, or like me are exploring the evolution of hard rock and metal, this Lightning collection is well worth checking out.

  • Jon Oneall says:

    Review by Jon Oneall for 1968-1971
    What a treat to find the original recordings of this group! Saw them at the Roof Garden in Okoboji, Iowa in 1970, and not surprisingly, they brought the house down! Talented musicans on the cutting edge plus interesting artwork on the orignial album. I owned it but have lost it through the years. Once again, what a treat to find it on CD at last. Check it out, you won’t be dissapointed! Midwest rockers live on!!

  • D. DoBell says:

    Review by D. DoBell for 1968-1971
    I can’t believe I am able to hear this great record again. I absolutelty loved this album when I was in high school. I would love to see the original cover artwork…but that’s o.k. I’m happy with hearing these great songs that I never thought I’d hear again. Thank you to who ever got this on Amazon.

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