1/  Doriella Du Fontaine                       (Lightnin' Rod)               9.37
  2/  Doriella Du Fontaine (Radio Edit)          (Lightnin' Rod)               4.54
  3/  Doriella Du Fontaine (Instrumental)        (Lightnin' Rod)               4.18
  4/  O.D.                                       (Alafia Pudim)                2.28

          Mixed by Material and Dave Jerden at RPM Studio, New York City
          Produced by Alan Douglas
          Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, NYC
          Business Administration: Martin Thau
          A & R Coordination: Robert Soares
Lightnin' Rod: vocals; Jimi Hendrix: guitar, bass; Buddy Miles: drums, organ.

          1984 - Douglas/Celluloid (USA), CEL 166 (12")
          1984 - Carrere (UK), CART 332 (12")
          1992 - Metronome Records/Restless (USA), 7 72663-2 (CD)
          2016 - Bill Laswell Bandcamp (digital only)
Note: Bill Laswell does not play on this album.
Note: The 12" and Bandcamp versions only contain tracks 1 and 3.


The 1993 release of the specially priced CD single Doriella Du Fontaine brought attention to the remarkable early rap stylings of Last Poets member Lightnin' Rod. The release also offered an obscure Jimi Hendrix recording that stands as one of his most interesting, albeit short-lived, side projects. Although this 1969 recording date was an impromptu affair, with Hendrix, Lightnin' Rod, and Buddy Miles improvising in the studio, the song is unique and tirelessly funky. Hendrix' grooving guitar playing is the perfect backdrop for Lightnin' Rod's truly imaginative lyrics that tell the outlandish tale of a prostitute. Although he does not appear on the final track, Doriella Du Fontaine is well worth picking up for any Hendrix fan.

4 stars out of 5

Jeff Schwachter (courtesy of the All Music Guide website)