Legendary Songs of Don McLean

Legendary Songs of Don McLean

by Don McLean


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Legendary Songs of Don McLean is basically EMI's repackaging of the 1991 Best of Don McLean with double the tracks. It is a welcome expansion to the collection and serves as a better-defined cross section of McLean's abilities. His beautiful reading of the Hank Williams classic "Your Cheatin' Heart" and the sweet lullaby "Wonderful Baby" sit alongside the flagship "American Pie" and other classics like "Vincent" and "Castles in the Air," quite nicely showcasing what a versatile musician Don McLean really is. The only point where this collection really drags is with a pair of tunes recorded in the early '90s, "Headroom" and "Have You Seen Me," where the production is over the top and too showy to let the songs actually shine. Luckily, these two songs come near the end of the collection, but make the closing cuts -- the unreleased "Just to Hold My Hand" and "Empty Chairs" -- feel lost at sea. Putting these two tracks on the collection was a poor decision on the part of the compilation producers, but the rest of the contents more than make up for this blunder by positioning the lesser-known gems next to the classics in McLean's illustrious career.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2003
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724358165425
catalogNumber: 81654
Rank: 11312

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don McLean   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Buddy Holly   Composer
Don McLean   Composer,Producer
Norman Petty   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Author
Frank Lopez   Licensing
Hank Williams   Composer
Wally Lester   Composer
Lee Morris   Composer
Joe VerScharen   Composer
Janet Vogel   Composer
Adam Varon   Licensing
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Mitch Steele   Producer,Executive Producer
Mark Copeland   Executive Producer
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Joe Melson   Composer
Dan Robey   Composer
James Beaumont   Composer
George W. Meyer   Composer
Jackie Taylor   Composer
Shannon Ward   Producer
Sandra Dolson   Licensing
L. Sharpe   Composer
Paul Perryman   Composer

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