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The Best of Don McLean Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Product details

  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. American Pie
  2. Vincent
  3. And I Love You So
  4. Castles In The Air
  5. Love Hurts
  6. Crossroads
  7. Birthday Song
  8. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  9. Crying
  10. Prime Time
  11. Winterwood
  12. Crying In The Chapel
  13. Wonderful Baby
  14. Everyday
  15. Fool's Paradise
  16. Tapestry
  17. Sitting On Top Of The World

Product Description

724353567125 -EMI UK-17 GREATEST HITS

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Format: Audio CD
I bought this to replace a very old LP (The Very Best of Don McLean)that I sadly damaged a few years ago. I have to say that this is a super collection of his recordings. The only one of note that is missing is Mountains of Mourne. His interpretation of the Buddy Holly songs are excellent. My favourite tracks being Fools Paradise & his own Castles in the Air. This CD will go into my top selection of favourite albums - albums you play over & over again.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2005
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Don McLean was a singer-songwriter in the folk-pop tradition who first achieved fame in the early seventies, scoring an American number one hit with American pie (a song later covered superbly by Madonna, for whom it became a British number one), a British number one with Vincent (the song about the painter Van Gogh that begins Starry starry night) and an Irish number one with Mountains of Mourne, though that song is not included here. Perry Como had a huge hit with a cover of And I love you so, another classic song that Don wrote. Among the other notable but less well-known songs written by Don and included here are Winterwood and If we try, both covered by Olivia Newton-John in her early recording career.
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.
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Don McLean is the subject of Roberta Flack's heartfelt tribute in the 1973 hit 'Killing Me Softly With His Song'.
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.
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American Pie is a well known and loved clasic. What we do not have here is a collection of similar tracks. Indeed, from the evidence here, you'd have to assume that American Pie was some sort of aberation.
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.
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Even if you only buy it for "that song" it is a great choice. Accidently skip past it one day and you'll find a wealth of great tunes!!
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2013
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I should point out that this is 'The Best of....' and not 'The Very Best of....', consequently there are a couple of tracks not on here that I would have liked to have seen. With a selection of his own songs as well as some cover versions this is a great easy to listen to album and ideal for those who are new to Don McLean, still probably one of America's most famous singer/ songwriters.

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.
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Singer/Songwriter 'Don Mclean' is probably best remembered for his 'Buddy Holly' tribute song
'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
80's.
'Don Mclean' still performs today.
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