Chain Lightning


  1. Words and Music
  2. Crying
  3. It’s Just the Sun
  4. Lotta Lovin’
  5. Chain Lightning
  6. Your Cheatin’ Heart
  7. Wonderful Night
  8. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
  9. Since I Don’t Have You
  10. Genesis (In the Beginning)
  11. It’s a Beautiful Life

A worldwide hit album produced by Larry Butler. Recorded Jun 26, 1978-Aug 23, 1978 in Nashville and features for the first time with Don McLean, Elvis Presley’s backing singers (The Jordanaires) and musicians. ‘Crying’ and ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ became huge hits. CD re-issue (hip-o records, 1997) includes bonus track ‘If You Could Read My Mind’. CD cover also features the original artwork that was not used for the original release.

EMI INTERNATIONAL INS-3025 (UK), Released December 1978 [LP]
INTERFUSION (FESTIVAL) L36758 (AUS), Released 1979 [LP]
MILLENIUM BXL1-7756, Released January 1981 [LP]
HIP-O HIPD-40061, Reissued July 1997 [CD]*

*With Bonus Track: If You Could Read My Mind (Lightfoot)

  • Don McLean – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
  • James D. Capps, Ray Edenton – Acoustic Guitar
  • Tommy D. Alsup, Billy R. Sanford – Electric Guitar
  • Pete Drake – Pedal Steel Guitar
  • Hargus “Pig” Robbins, Chuck Cochran – Piano
  • Bobby R. Woods – Electric Piano
  • Bob “King” Moore – Bass
  • Jerry K. Carrigan – Drums, Percussion
  • Joseph E. Chrisman, Eddy Anderson – Drums
  • The Jordanaires – Background Vocals
  • The Nashville Strings.