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Solo [Import, Original recording remastered]

Don McLeanAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes on
  • ASIN: B0000011OI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Magdalene Lane
2. Masters Of War
3. Wonderful Baby
4. Where Were You Baby
5. Empty Chairs
6. Geordie's Lost His Penker
7. Babylon
8. And I Love You so
9. Mactavish Is Dead
10. Cripple Creek/Muleskinner Blues
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. American Pie
2. Over The Waterfall/Arkansas Traveller
3. Homeless Brother
4. Castles In The Air/Three Flights Up
5. Lovesick Blues
6. Winter Has Me In Its Grip
7. The Legend Of Andrew McCrew
8. Dreidel
9. Vincent
10. Till Tomorrow

Editorial Reviews

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. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I had heard this recording back in 1976 when it was on 8-track and not easy to find. If you have never heard McLean in concert, you are in for a treat. McLean's voice is heavenly on his albums, but to hear him live is unbelievable. The timbre of his voice can send chills through you and if you don't already know it, this guy can play guitar and banjo like you wouldn't believe. It's delightful to hear McLean playing his songs with only himself for accompaniment. This is an album the likes of which will stay with you for a long time to come. Highly, highly recommended for true Don McLean fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live performance LPs I've heard April 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Until I saw Don McLean in concert a few years ago, I didn't know a whole lot about him. Many years earlier (back in my high school days), I owned one of his albums, "Don McLean," the one with Dreidel on it, and I also had the 7" 45 RPM of "American Pie", but prior to the concert I hadn't thought of him in years.

However, in concert I found him to be a very magnetic performer, just himself and his guitar and banjo, and a few days later I searched the used record bins for more of his music. I came home with an LP copy of this set, and found it to be one of the best live preformance LPs I have ever heard, one that captured the magic of the live performance I had heard just a few days prior.

All too often it seems, live albums are just throw aways, put out to fulfill contractual obligations on the part of the artist, or to fill a gap during an artistic fallow period. This one is emphatically *not* one of those. Put this disc on, and be prepared for the next 100 mintues or so to fly by very quickly and enjoyably.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While I love Don McLean, it is unfortunate that this recording was done by BGO Records. They are trying to stop you from making/distributing MP3 files of their music by recording it in a non-standard format. You're not getting redbook audio on this CD. You can't play this CD on your computer. Further, they don't tell you this anywhere in the packaging. I have returned this CD and will not buy ANY music produced by BGO until such time as they get their act together, and give me what I'm paying for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music counts, thankyou. One of the best live-albums ever! November 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Whatever the possibilites for ripping off this music, or rather whatever the abcense of them, this is above all a great, great live album. Don McLean was once a genius, and although his creative downfall that was to happen in the eighties is already showing here a little in some of the compositions, the concerts recorded are so special, the playing and devotion of McLean so grand, and the album recorded so honestly, that this should be a minor remark. This, and not "American Pie", is the definitive release of McLean, and also one of the best live albums ever released.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New release plays on CD-Rom drives June 13, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Just wanted to respond to an earlier review that warned me that the CDs wouldn't play on my computer. The CD seemed to go out of print for about 3 months (that's how long I had to wait for it to come back into stock) and the CDs I got play just fine on my computer. Presumably ripping to mp3 would also be possible.
I should also warn people that this recording of Solo has been remastered in 1995.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky to get this as an LP version in adolescence. I wore the grooves out, found another at a flea market, and decided to save that one and buy a cd version. McLean is mesmerizing, sincere and funny in live performances, and this album captures that magic. The power of his live renditions of "Masters of War", "Vincent" and other great songs by McLean and his heroes (Dylan, Buddy Holly) are breathtaking. This album is the next best thing to attending a concert, as I was lucky to do a couple years ago, in the front row. His voice and presence are as rich as ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Great unknown Live McLean album January 4, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Don McLean / Solo / Don McLean Live (1976 release): Arriving as it did at the beginning of the Punk vs. Disco era, this double album, consisting of Don playing live with nearly no accompaniment except his own guitar or banjo, fell so far under the radar that most people don't know of it's existence. However, this is a Masterpiece effort. This one has terrific live versions of "American Pie", "Vincent", "Babylon", and "Homeless Brother". It also has such unique songs as the comic/tragic "Legend of Andrew McCrew" and the hilarious "Georgie's Lost His Penker". Don tells some great stories along the way as well. This live double CD deserves a Sixth Star! Highly Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greats.
I wore out my LP back in the 70s. Bought this CD & enjoyed it all over again. This guy is a master.
Published 2 months ago by tom
4.0 out of 5 stars Don McLean at the height of his powers
I originally bought this back in vinyl days and just about wore it out. It is full of wit, fun and musicality. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars great live album by a great songwriter/musician
Recordings of live performances can be great or not-so-great. This one is great for the energy despite the somewhat uneven sound quality. Read more
Published on December 28, 2007 by S. Stockell
4.0 out of 5 stars Energetic, Alive, Pure Vintage McLean!
A beautifully captured live recording of Don McLean at his best, singing not only favorites but also material that hasn't been airplayed to death and even a few cuts exclusive to... Read more
Published on May 9, 2007 by David R. Moffatt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Live Performance!
This is one of my favorite albums. It's an intimate performance with each member of a huge audience. Read more
Published on November 3, 2006 by M. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend from the past.
I picked this release up in college in an old dinghy used-LP store. The best damn used LP(vinyl, for the uninitiated) I could ever find. Read more
Published on March 2, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!
I have been looking for this title on CD for years. Had it in high school on vinyl & wore it out. Read more
Published on May 7, 2000 by Stephen Brown
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