Legendary Songs of Don McLean

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All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Legendary Songs of Don McLean is basically EMI's repackaging of the 1991 Best of Don McLean with double the tracks. It is a welcome expansion to the collection and serves as a better-defined cross section of McLean's abilities. His beautiful reading of the Hank Williams classic "Your Cheatin' Heart" and the sweet lullaby "Wonderful Baby" sit alongside the flagship "American Pie" and other classics like "Vincent" and "Castles in the Air," quite nicely showcasing what a versatile musician Don McLean really is. The only point where this collection really drags is with a pair of tunes recorded in the early '90s, "Headroom" and "Have You Seen Me," where the production is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Legendary Songs of Don McLean is basically EMI's repackaging of the 1991 Best of Don McLean with double the tracks. It is a welcome expansion to the collection and serves as a better-defined cross section of McLean's abilities. His beautiful reading of the Hank Williams classic "Your Cheatin' Heart" and the sweet lullaby "Wonderful Baby" sit alongside the flagship "American Pie" and other classics like "Vincent" and "Castles in the Air," quite nicely showcasing what a versatile musician Don McLean really is. The only point where this collection really drags is with a pair of tunes recorded in the early '90s, "Headroom" and "Have You Seen Me," where the production is over the top and too showy to let the songs actually shine. Luckily, these two songs come near the end of the collection, but make the closing cuts -- the unreleased "Just to Hold My Hand" and "Empty Chairs" -- feel lost at sea. Putting these two tracks on the collection was a poor decision on the part of the compilation producers, but the rest of the contents more than make up for this blunder by positioning the lesser-known gems next to the classics in McLean's illustrious career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724358165425
  • Catalog Number: 81654
  • Sales rank: 37,151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Words and Music (3:05)
  2. 2 American Pie (8:33)
  3. 3 Since I Don't Have You (2:35)
  4. 4 Maybe Baby (2:23)
  5. 5 Crying (3:49)
  6. 6 Castles in the Air (3:43)
  7. 7 If I Only Had a Match (4:40)
  8. 8 Your Cheatin' Heart (3:04)
  9. 9 And I Love You So (4:16)
  10. 10 Vincent (4:00)
  11. 11 Winterwood (3:10)
  12. 12 If We Try (3:35)
  13. 13 Everyday (2:26)
  14. 14 Wonderful Baby (2:05)
  15. 15 Crossroads (3:39)
  16. 16 Jerusalem (4:43)
  17. 17 Dreidel (3:47)
  18. 18 Headroom (4:12)
  19. 19 Have You Seen Me (4:25)
  20. 20 Just to Hold My Hand (2:26)
  21. 21 Empty Chairs (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don McLean Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Don McLean Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Nat Hentoff Author
Frank Lopez Licensing
Doug Schwartz Mastering
Adam Varon Licensing
Mitch Steele Producer, Executive Producer
Mark Copeland Executive Producer
Bryan Kelley Producer
Joe Rock Composer
Shannon Ward Producer
Sandra Dolson Licensing
Lennie Martin Composer
L. Sharpe Composer
Paul Perryman Composer
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