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American Pie Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, June 24, 2003
Vinyl, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, May 18, 2010
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Yet all the brilliant talent and ability is here, folks, from the legendary title cut to "Vincent", an esoteric paean to Vincent Van Gogh, "Winterwood", a lovely love song, "Empty Chairs" and a number of others, all of which should still get FM air time but never have. By the way, I have had to chuckle over the years at all the questioning and active efforts at second-hand interpretation that has gone on regarding what the title cut is really all about. Such wondering and endless intellectual speculation really misses the point that McLean the incredibly gifted artist so singularly makes in the song itself; the music is the thing. It's the music that makes us smile. As did Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens, so to with Don McLean. Listen to what he has to say, and how artfully and wonderfully he phrases it. This is a timeless work that will always be around. Enjoy!
Sure "American Pie" is a rock classic and a staple of both classic rock and oldies stations everywhere, but the fact is that this album has so much more to offer. "Vincent", hardly the weak song that the Amazon.com reviewer rather stupidly portrays it to be, is a beautiful and lyrically rich tale of despair, loneliness, and disappointment. It's beautiful in it's simplicity. And many other customer reviewers have spoken eloquently about the shamefully overlooked "Sister Fatima" (which disappeared from reissues of the original vinyl LP but was restored in the CD version).
The song that moves me the most is "Empty Chairs", a wistful song of lost love and loneliness that is in my opinion the beautiful and overlooked track on this CD. Listening to it brings me to the verge of tears. For those of you fortunate enough to see Don McLean's recent PBS special "Starry Starry Night", special guest Garth Brooks performed a first-rate cover of this song.
"American Pie" withstands the test of time as a quintessential recording in the vein of many of Bob Dylan's earlier works. It deserves a place in the collection of anyone who considers his or her self to be a rock afficianado.
I have had this album in several incarnations: original vinyl, the tracks of which are long worn out, the disappointing vinyl re-issue of some ten years later (Sister Fatima is not, by the way, a CD "bonus track"....it was on the original album, then was inexplicably deleted from the reissue. It is a wonderful song and I never understood the reason for its omission).
A very pleasant surprise is "Everybody Loves Me Baby," a song about "inflated ego" which has never received the attention it deserved. It is, quite simply, a lot of fun. The remaining tracks are excellent, rooted in the fine traditions of folk rock. This is one of those albums that, if the songs had been written over many years, would have been considered a greatest hits LP. As it was, Mr. McLean poured almost everything into one marvelous album.
His songs remain unforgettable. His style completely distinct and seperated from his contemporaries.
Lastly, the emotion, his own emotions are captured so precisely and sweetly poetic.
It would be a shame if today's youth were not exposed to this collection of his songs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i drove my chevy to the levy.. but the levy was dry.. probably one of the only songs ont his cd i like.. that anyone i know likes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by WarByrd
TAKES ME BACK TO MY TEEN YEARS AND THE DAY A DISC JOCKY CUT IN TO SAY THAT THE BIG BOPPER AND RICHEY VALLINS HAD DIED IN A PLANE CRASH WE COULD NOT DO ANYTHING BUT PULL OVER IN MY... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Walter McNamee
This is my second purchase of this album. I realized I left the first CD in the player of my Mustang when I traded it in, but only when I opened the empty case in my new car! Read morePublished 2 months ago by William F. Mcmillen
Unfortunately, as has been posted elsewhere, this is a very poor pressing. The first one I got had a big skip just seconds into the title track, followed by lots of pops and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. ODONNELL
America's version of Leonard Cohen, with some pop and rockabilly to boot!Published 5 months ago by DALE R. VOLKERDING
American Pie was a Christmas present in 1971 from my brother. That was a vinyl album and long ago was all worn out. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephanie Sullivan
Who doesn't know of this album or song? Don McLean's American Pie is now as iconic as apple pie. In 1971 I was 15 years old. Read morePublished 6 months ago by By CJs Pirate