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Don McLean American Troubadour



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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: HYENA Records
  • ASIN: B000B6TR3E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If You Could Read My Mind
2. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
3. Wonderful Baby
4. Love Me Tender
5. (It Was) A Very Good Year
6. El Paso
7. My Saddle Pals And I
8. And I Love You So
9. Crying
10. Empty Chairs
11. Homeless Brother
12. TB Blues
13. Magdalene Lane
14. Infinity
15. Prime Time
16. American Pie
17. Run, Diana Run
18. You've Got To Share

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Product Description

Not only does this definitive Don McLean retrospective include the original #1 hit version of American Pie , unreleased versions of Vincent; Empty Chairs; Crying , and Love Me Tender AND a bonus DVD, but we've also arranged for Don himself *to autograph the first 200 copies sold!* So don't wait or it'll be "bye bye Miss American Pie" for this exclusive offer for our customers! Among the other highlights: Don's duet with Nanci Griffith on And I Love You So , the only duet he's ever recorded; footage of Don rehearsing with the Jordanaires for their annual Christmas Concert at Carnegie Hall in 1984; the only video he ever made, for the song Headroom , and even a brand-new tune! Don't miss this!

About the Artist

Don McLean has over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, while his songs have been recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Madonna, George Michael, Guns & Roses, Josh Groban, Perry Como and Fred Astaire.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Androo on November 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well, no it's not just another compilation, since the songs on it are largely not the original recordings we all know so well, and of course because there's a DVD this time.

The DVD first: this isn't quite as good as I expected, but it's nice enough. I doubt most will watch it more than once though. Mainly it's Don rehearsing with the Jordannaires. Then there are a couple of music videos that aren't particularly well done.

The CD has some stuff even die-hard collectors might not have come across. Like the first track, a really nice version of Gordon Lightfoot's 'If You Could Read My Mind'. 'TB Blues' is another good one.

But the rest are largely old ground, even if the versions aren't ones you'll have heard before, they're not that different. Some have been on other CDs. I was looking forward to hearing the newish 'Run Diana Run' but it turns out to be one of the worst on the album - it's done in the 'Headroom' style with a silly rock backing and no tune, just shouty, trite rhymes.

There's a long, rambling piece in the booklet from Joel Dorn that doesn't really add much to the story.

In terms of value, the DVD lifts this above the usual, but I was on the whole just a little disappointed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Long on December 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Rearview Mirror CD Review (ONLY)

The biggest problem with this cd is that the songs
on the compilation have not been accounted for. The
buyer and listener is left to wonder what has already
been released and what is NEW. I hope my citations below
help others. The title "Rearview Mirror" comes from the song
"Run Diana Run" and if refers to paparazzi who are chasing
Princess Diana. I give this CD FOUR stars because of the breadth
of selection and for the UNRELEASED MUSIC. The essay by Joel Dorn
is also interesting, even though he never provides us with citations
that would tell the listener from wherein the "DON MCLEAN ARCHIVES"
the songs derived. The essay combined with song citations would have
made for an EXCELLENT cd booklet. The booklet also has MANY nice photos
of Don Mclean as a kid and as a younger man.

1. If You Could Read My Mind -- From Chain Lightening. I LOVE this song.

2. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)----- UNRELEASED LIVE VERSION. This is not from the 1976 LIVE SOLO CD, nor is it from the later LIVE in London, England set from around 1980.

3. Wonderful Baby---- LIVE and UNRELEASED. I don't know if we needed another live version of this song though.

4. Love Me Tender-----UNRELEASED STUDIO VERSION. This song has never been on a Don Mclean cd. This studio version is a lot like "If You Could Read My Mind", the rendition is. This cover is equally as good as "IYCRMM". It's a nice track but I wish it was placed further down in the mix of tracks.

5. (It Was) A Very Good Year----UNRELEASED STUDIO VERSION.

6. El Paso---- I think this is the version from the "Don Mclean Sings Marty Robbins" cd.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gregg on November 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Trying to gather a collection of songs together that can truly give an impression of such a diverse artist like Don McLean is not easy. Grammy Award winning Producer Joel Dorn has done just that with Reaview Mirror. He's captured the wonderful vocalist and interpreter of Songs , the Solo live concert artist , the concert artist with full band and strings , the folk singer and the blues singer. Don McLean is all of these - he's also a cowboy and Dorn has included to fine examples of McLean in cowboy mode. This CD is a gem - as a bonus it includes McLean's new single from his upcoming originals CD - plus a bonus DVD - this is value and well worth the price - as the album has just been released I ould doubt the reviewer who claims to have found it in a clearance bin - and doubt he even listed to it. Buy it its great
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John C. Bassett on March 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Was really disappointed with this album. He needs to find something new that has the zip of Vincent, Crying & American Pie. Old artists may need to just fade away if they are just a bunch of old men strumming boring new stuff. Bought this album because of the 3 songs that I mentioned. None of the rest made me want to listen more than once.
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