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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Don McLean's final album for United Artists was a musical tour de force, and the best self-contained account of the full breadth of McLean's talent. Recorded live in England, in Manchester, Bristol, London, and Oxford, the 26 songs encompassed not only the artist's best-known work, but also many of his personal favorites, among them works by other composers including Bob Dylan's "Masters of War". All the songs are done solo by McLean on acoustic guitar and banjo, performing in a loose, freewheeling style more appropriate to a folk performance at a small club than a rock concert -- except that McLean was doing these performances to tens of thousands of people at a time. He ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Don McLean's final album for United Artists was a musical tour de force, and the best self-contained account of the full breadth of McLean's talent. Recorded live in England, in Manchester, Bristol, London, and Oxford, the 26 songs encompassed not only the artist's best-known work, but also many of his personal favorites, among them works by other composers including Bob Dylan's "Masters of War". All the songs are done solo by McLean on acoustic guitar and banjo, performing in a loose, freewheeling style more appropriate to a folk performance at a small club than a rock concert -- except that McLean was doing these performances to tens of thousands of people at a time. He ranges freely across his repertory, including a loose yet sincere rendition of "American Pie" and a stunning version of "Till Tomorrow" his encore, through "The Arkansas Traveller" and "Homeless Brother" to "Castles in the Air," the last in a version that makes the studio recording seem cold and sterile. Ironically, given that it's one of the best records he ever put out and a great capstone to his career at United Artists, Solo was the only album he ever did for the label that never charted, in either England or America, possibly because it was a double-LP and very expensive, and was also issued just late enough into the 1970s to run into the twin juggernauts of punk and disco.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1996
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261203007
  • Catalog Number: 300
  • Sales rank: 11,097

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Magdalene Lane (4:09)
  2. 2 Masters of War (2:59)
  3. 3 Wonderful Baby (2:04)
  4. 4 Where Were You, Baby? (3:22)
  5. 5 Empty Chairs (3:35)
  6. 6 Geordie's Lost His Penker (3:50)
  7. 7 Babylon (6:24)
  8. 8 And I Love You So (4:40)
  9. 9 Mactavish Is Dead (0:19)
  10. 10 Cripple Creek/ Muleskinner Blues (4:08)
  11. 11 Great Big Man (3:24)
  12. 12 Bronco Bill's Lament (3:12)
  13. 13 Happy Trails (0:26)
  14. 14 Circus Song (4:27)
  15. 15 Birthday Song (2:46)
  16. 16 On the Amazon (3:53)
  17. 17 American Pie (9:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Over the Waterfall/ Arkansas Traveller (2:49)
  2. 2 Homeless Brother (4:17)
  3. 3 Castles in the Air (Three Flights Up) (9:09)
  4. 4 Lovesick Blues (3:35)
  5. 5 Winter Has Me in Its Grip (3:15)
  6. 6 The Legend of Andrew McCrew (7:37)
  7. 7 Dreidel (3:41)
  8. 8 Vincent (4:23)
  9. 9 Till Tomorrow (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don McLean Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Don McLean Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jesse Henderson Engineer
Vic Maile Engineer
Gil Markle Engineer
John Tobler Liner Notes
Tom Allen Paintings
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent music from a great live performer

    I bought this album on vinyl years ago and have nearly worn it out.McLean controls his audience with excellent picking, full talent ballads, and a great sense of humor. he doesn't steer from the studio versions much, just adds that feeling of being there. It's a great work

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    Posted November 24, 2010

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