- Audio CD (15 Oct. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B00005OMC2
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Best of Don McLean Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Don was also a fine interpreter of other people's songs. His second and last British number one hit was with a revival of Roy Orbison's Crying, a song that was only a minor British hit for Roy in the sixties but which, helped by Don's cover, is now regarded as one of Roy's classic hits. This collection also includes Don's cover of One in a row, an obscure Willie Nelson Song that Trisha Yearwood has also recorded.
There are several compilations of Don's music on the market but this is as good as any.
McLean is certainly one of the greatest balladeers, coming out with some really superior music, soothing, thoughtful and with poetic lyrics.
This album begins with McLean's most famous hit 'American Pie' (1971) which was inspired by the tragic death of one of McLean's earliest role models and musical influences, Buddy Holly, in 1959.
Later commentators have tried to put other significance to the song, such as claiming it was an anti- Vietnam War protest song, but there is no evidence for such claims, as McLean refuses to comment on such spurious analysis.
At any rate , American Pie is one of my less favourite McLean songs so I don't know why it is his most famous.
It is followed by the sad tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, Vincent (1971).
But these two well known songs where certainly far from the sum total of Don Mc Lean's talent. 'And I Love You So (1970) is McLean's beautiful version of this poignant love song, also done by various other artists.
He also does a great version of Crying (1978), originally the hit of Roy Orbison in 1961.
Castles In The Air (1970) is in my opinion, perhaps McLean's greatest piece, an exquisite song of longing for the beauty and simplicity of the country life away from the shallow 'cocktail generation': "Words cannot express the feel of sunlight in the morning , in the hills away from city strife.I need a country woman for my wife , I'm city born but I love the country life" . The words are poetic and set to fantastic music. I can relate to the song perfectly.Read more ›
This is not to say that the other tracks are not good, they are just more soulful and spiritual than you might expect.
My very favourite is Castles in the Air, which for me is a more satisfying song than American Pie.
So, why not buy it for what it is - a collection of soulful light rock with american pie too. But don't buy it for what it isn't.
Here you have seventeen great tracks, the first two being his most famous and even if you don't know much about McLean you should recognise at least the first track. The production quality here is great, making this a real pleasure to listen to, and perfect to put on your MP3 player to listen to whilst commuting.
If you are into easy listening that is great to put your feet up with, then you can't really go wrong with this album.
'American Pie' and of course 'Vincent' surprisingly perhaps 'American Pie' didn't quite capture
the number one slot in 1972 though it did remain in the chart for some sixteen weeks, the
follow up did snatch the top-spot for him with the beautifully crafted song 'Vincent'
His version of 'Roy Orbisons' smash-hit 'Crying' also gave him a number one success in 1980.
These were the three songs that did have an impact on the charts here in the U.K for 'Don
Mclean. though he did have a few lower order hits including 'Castles in The Air' (1982) and
his cover of 'Buddy Holly's' 'Everyday' (1973)
Among some of the other well known songs on board are is versions of 'Love Hurts' 'It Doesn't
Matter Anymore' and 'Elvis's' 'Crying In The Chapel'
All in all a pleasant selection of songs including his very memorable hits from the 70's into the
'Don Mclean' still performs today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent! If you buy the CD only because of American Pie, you'll be very surprised that the other songs are as good (if not better) as your favourite. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harry
I have been a fan of DM ever since the late 1960's, and before he really hit the heights with his hit records.
Very easy to listen to, and really all the good ones here folks. Read more
Love this cd. I actually bought it just for 'Vincent' but I love all of it! Fast delivery too - Thank you very muchPublished 5 months ago by emma samuels
....I hugely respect Don Mcelan but there is something "off" about this CD and I cannot quite pin it down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jonathan Kent