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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Producer and record executive Joel Dorn who worked with Don McLean previously on his 1974 album Homeless Brother assembled this retrospective CD/DVD collection by going through McLean's archives. Although no indication is given of the sources of the material, a majority of it has been previously released, starting with the original hit recording of "American Pie," licensed from EMI Special Products. The rest of the collection dates from after 1976, when McLean, for the most part, controlled his own recordings, and there is a heavy complement from albums issued on his own Don McLean Records label, notably "Vincent Starry, Starry Night," "Crying," "Homeless Brother," and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Producer and record executive Joel Dorn who worked with Don McLean previously on his 1974 album Homeless Brother assembled this retrospective CD/DVD collection by going through McLean's archives. Although no indication is given of the sources of the material, a majority of it has been previously released, starting with the original hit recording of "American Pie," licensed from EMI Special Products. The rest of the collection dates from after 1976, when McLean, for the most part, controlled his own recordings, and there is a heavy complement from albums issued on his own Don McLean Records label, notably "Vincent Starry, Starry Night," "Crying," "Homeless Brother," and "And I Love You So" the last a duet with Nanci Griffith from the live Starry Starry Night album; "El Paso" from Don McLean Sings Marty Robbins; "My Saddle Pals and I" from The Western Album; and "You've Got to Share" from You've Got to Share: Songs for Children. Previously unreleased tracks include McLean versions of the standards "Love Me Tender," "It Was A Very Good Year," and "TB Blues," and a McLean original, the Rolling Stones-like "Run, Diana Run." Neither a greatest-hits collection nor a best-of, exactly, the album is an idiosyncratic compilation that nevertheless gives a good sense of McLean's accomplishments as a songwriter and an interpretive singer. Equally idiosyncratic are Dorn's liner notes, which are more about him than they are about McLean. The DVD contains a 20-minute home movie of a rehearsal by McLean and the Jordanaires for McLean's 1984 Carnegie Hall holiday concert; the 1991 music video for the politically charged rocker "Headroom"; and the duet with Griffith on "And I Love You So" from the 2000 home video Starry Starry Night.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: The Music Force
  • UPC: 825005934224
  • Catalog Number: 9342
  • Sales rank: 185,195

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If You Could Read My Mind (4:26)
  2. 2 Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) (4:35)
  3. 3 Wonderful Baby (2:15)
  4. 4 Love Me Tender (3:02)
  5. 5 (It Was) A Very Good Year (3:24)
  6. 6 El Paso (5:28)
  7. 7 My Saddle Pal & I (1:39)
  8. 8 And I Love You So (5:16)
  9. 9 Crying (4:08)
  10. 10 Empty Chairs (4:10)
  11. 11 Homeless Brother (4:40)
  12. 12 TB Blues (4:03)
  13. 13 Magdalene Lane (4:26)
  14. 14 Infinity (4:41)
  15. 15 Prime Time (4:24)
  16. 16 American Pie (8:29)
  17. 17 Run, Diana Run (5:44)
  18. 18 You've Got to Share (2:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  2. 2 Left for Dead on the Road of Love
  3. 3 Slow and Easy
  4. 4 Rudolph 2
  5. 5 Tulsa Time
  6. 6 Deep in the Heart of Texas
  7. 7 White Christmas
  8. 8 Rudolph 3
  9. 9 Don't
  10. 10 Interviews
  11. 11 Dig a Little Deeper
  12. 12 Credits
  13. 13 Headroom
  14. 14 And I Love You So
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don McLean Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Roy Rogers Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Don McLean Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Elvis Presley Composer
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Ervin Drake Composer
Ed Freeman Producer
Gene Paul Mastering
Michael Severs Producer
Pat Severs Producer
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Bill Justice String Arrangements
Tony Migliore String Arrangements
Vera Matson Composer
Joe Melson Composer
Jamie Polaski Mastering
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