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.
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.
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 ›
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Love this cd. I actually bought it just for 'Vincent' but I love all of it! Fast delivery too - Thank you very muchPublished 1 month 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 1 month ago by Jonathan Kent