Prime Time/Chain Lightning/Believers

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This British two-fer combines the contents of Don McLean's seventh, eighth, and ninth albums, Prime Time originally released in October 1977, Chain Lightning initially released internationally in December 1978, but not in the U.S. until January 1981, and Believers October 1981. Each of these albums was reissued on CD in the U.S. in 1997 by Hip-O Records with an added bonus track, and those tracks, the McLean original "If You Can Dream" and covers of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" and Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover," are included here. Well past his early-'70s commercial breakthrough with "American Pie" and "Vincent," McLean in the late '70s and early '80s ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This British two-fer combines the contents of Don McLean's seventh, eighth, and ninth albums, Prime Time originally released in October 1977, Chain Lightning initially released internationally in December 1978, but not in the U.S. until January 1981, and Believers October 1981. Each of these albums was reissued on CD in the U.S. in 1997 by Hip-O Records with an added bonus track, and those tracks, the McLean original "If You Can Dream" and covers of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" and Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover," are included here. Well past his early-'70s commercial breakthrough with "American Pie" and "Vincent," McLean in the late '70s and early '80s was an assured writer and performer with an eclectic taste in musical styles, as willing to cover an old favorite as to write a new song. The American hits that emerged from these sessions included covers of Roy Orbison's "Crying" and the Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You," as well as McLean's remake of his own "Castles in the Air." McLean named each album after an ambitious title song that examined the world critically in social "Prime Time", romantic "Chain Lightning", or philosophical "Believers" terms, but filled the rest of the LPs with love songs often set to pop-country arrangements and covers of oldies rendered affectionately, if sometimes a little too carefully. Throughout, he stuck to a world view developed on his earlier albums, with a downcast, nearly Biblical attitude toward present times and a sense of warm nostalgia for the musical past of his teens, as romantic love offered the possibility of refuge from the crass commercialism, greed, and pollution of contemporary life. And he always maintained a practically curatorial sense of taste and craft, making these albums highly listenable decades after they first appeared.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2006
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155202439
  • Catalog Number: 2024
  • Sales rank: 48,972

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prime Time (5:03)
  2. 2 The Statue - Orloff Strings (3:18)
  3. 3 Jump (3:37)
  4. 4 Redwing (1:11)
  5. 5 The Wrong Thing to Do (3:32)
  6. 6 The Pattern is Broken (2:48)
  7. 7 When Love Begins - Orloff Strings (3:30)
  8. 8 Color TV Blues (3:57)
  9. 9 Building My Body - Orloff Strings (3:14)
  10. 10 Down the Road/Sally Ann (1:32)
  11. 11 When a Good Thing Goes Bad (3:59)
  12. 12 South of the Border (2:20)
  13. 13 If You Can Dream (2:52)
  14. 14 Words and Music (3:06)
  15. 15 Crying (3:50)
  16. 16 It's Just the Sun (2:31)
  17. 17 Lotta Lovin' (2:11)
  18. 18 Chain Lightning (7:48)
  19. 19 Your Cheating Heart (3:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wonderful Night (3:07)
  2. 2 It Doesn't Matter Anymore (3:06)
  3. 3 Since I Don't Have You (2:36)
  4. 4 Genesis (In the Beginning) (5:06)
  5. 5 It's a Beautiful Life (2:13)
  6. 6 If Youn Could Read My Mind (4:55)
  7. 7 Castles in the Air (3:42)
  8. 8 Isn't It Strange (4:18)
  9. 9 Left for Dead on the Road of Love (2:56)
  10. 10 Believers (6:15)
  11. 11 Sea Man (4:11)
  12. 12 I Tune the World Out (3:31)
  13. 13 Love Hurts (3:07)
  14. 14 Jerusalem (4:42)
  15. 15 Love Letters (3:58)
  16. 16 Crazy Eyes (2:55)
  17. 17 Sea Cruise (3:05)
  18. 18 Dream Lover (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don McLean Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Classical Guitar, Finger Snapping
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
David Sanborn Saxophone
Tommy Allsup Guitar
Bill Justis Conductor
Rob Stoner Bass, Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
Dominic Cortese Accordion
Kenny Ascher Organ, Piano, Conductor, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Arp Strings
Jerry Carrigan Percussion, Drums
Gene Chrisman Drums
Joseph Chrisman Drums
Chuck Cochran Piano
Ray Edenton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Chrissy Faith Background Vocals
John Farrell Electric Guitar
Ed Freeman Piano
Angela Howell Background Vocals
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Pat Rebillot Organ, Piano
Leon Rhodes 6-string bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Billy Sanford Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jerry Shook Guitar
Bobby Woods Electric Piano
Howie Wyeth Piano, Drums, Harpsichord, Marimbas, Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
Rona Wyeth Background Vocals
Rubin Basini Percussion
Bob Moore Bass
James Capps Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
David Briggs Piano
Eddy Anderson Drums
Steve Chapman Guitar
Ronald Vaughn Percussion
Dennis Solee Saxophone
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Don McLean Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Roy Orbison Composer
Bill Justis String Arrangements
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Kenny Ascher String Arrangements
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Joel Dorn Liner Notes
Lynn Goldsmith Cover Photo
Jesse Henderson Engineer
Edward Heyman Composer
George Marino Mastering
Stew Romain Mastering
Billy Sherrill Engineer
Huey "Piano" Smith Composer
Ed Sprigg Engineer
Charlie Tallent Engineer
Hank Williams Composer
Victor Young Composer
Peter Rynston Mastering
Herb Gart Liner Notes
Wally Lester Composer
Joe VerScharen Composer
Janet Vogel Composer
Joe Melson Composer
Joe Rock Composer
Joseph Rock Composer
James Beaumont Composer
Bernice Bedwell Composer
Michael Carr Composer
Traditional Composer
Jackie Taylor Composer
Kerry Mills Composer
Thurland Chattaway Composer
Larry Butler Producer
Joseph Verscharen Composer
Walter Lester Composer
Joe Stelmach Art Direction
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