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Album Review

Don McLean wrote a miracle with "American Pie": a mesmerizing study of rock open to multiple interpretations, yet simple and tuneful, erudite but gut-wrenching (even surpassing Dylan's most epic works). Of course, McLean couldn't realistically follow up the megasong, so he didn't even try. Still, "Vincent" stands as another masterpiece, while pre-"Pie" weeper "And I Love You So" remains as lovely a valentine as one could ask for. Documenting the coward's way out of a relationship, the poignant and bittersweet "Castles in the Air" leaves stuffy high society for the open country air (this is the Believers version of this wonder), attaining sublime levels of sentiment. Plus, McLean captures the beautiful torment of Roy Orbison's classic "Crying," which is just the icing on the aforementioned cake. Naturally, the flip side can't touch the front, but you need this collection. An annoying lack of annotation can't take away from some of the finest tracks ever committed to wax. Kids these days could learn a thing or two about angst as an art form from this misery maestro.

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Bringing back the 70's with American Pie

If there was ever a song that stirs up so many thoughts of the 70's for me this one is it.. For me the 70's produced some of the best music ever written. I guess it helps that the 70's and 80's were my glory days... but I absolutely love American Pie.. such a classic...
There wasn't anything I didn't like about the 70's except for the VietNam war. I loved the styles, I loved the music... I loved the times...

And I Love you So

Don McLean's version of this song is clearly the definitive, but it is such a great song it allows some variation in interpretation.I had first heard this song done by Perry Como, which is done beautifully, and I bought that as well as Elvis's version. All three have the core of the song, but each artist does it so distinctively.Fans of McLean know his hits and some not so well known hits, but the perfect thing about McLean is that he is not a misery master, he touches your heart and does it so very well.

CTY

If you ever went to CTY, then you remember American Pie from the dances. And you probably loved it. I know that I do, as well as the rest of this album.

Biography

Born: October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Famed for -- and ultimately defined by -- his perennial "American Pie," singer/songwriter Don McLean was born October 2, 1945, in New Rochelle, New York. After getting his start in the folk clubs of New York City during the mid-'60s, McLean struggled for a number of years, building a small following through his work with Pete Seeger on the Clearwater, a sloop that sailed up and down the eastern seaboard to promote environmental causes. Still, McLean was primarily singing in elementary schools and...
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