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Album Review

Classics is a ten-track budget-priced collection that features some of his biggest hits, including "American Pie," "Vincent, " "Crying," and "Since I Don't Have You," " as well as a new version of "American Pie." Although this isn't a bad budget-priced disc — after all, it has all of his best-known songs — there are better collections available, offering more songs and better sound for not much more money.

Customer Reviews

This album is poison

McLean butchers the second-best song in his career, Vincent, with the re-recording on this album. He does the same with And I Love You So, his best love song. The re-recording of Castles in the Air is actually legitimate (it was released back in 1980, which was an improvement on the original recording a decade earlier.) The original version of American Pie is here, yet you've probably noticed that you have to buy the whole album to get it, but don't worry, there's a butchered re-recording of that classic that you can buy separately here (the original Pie can be bought separately on the Rearview Mirror album.) So aside from Crying, Castles in the Air, the admittedly interesting It's a Beautiful Life, and the original Pie, this album is full of duds, and makes for perhaps the most inadequate entry into his large catalogue of compilation albums. Bear in mind that I'm a genuine Don McLean fan; I've explored the albums that iTunes doesn't provide you, and if you want to see a side of him unjustly not represented by his best-of-albums, then I recommend his criminally underrated self-titled album and his superb live double-album Solo. Or at the very least, you can avoid this album and get The Best of Don McLean which has the original versions of his other classics.

classic rock at its best

American Pie is probably the best rock song ever, and the album deserves five stars just for that, but "Castles Made of Sand" is also a great song. Don Mclean only needed one hit, cause it was good enough.

Don McLean Classics

Beautiful songs by a very talented individual.


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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