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American Pie

By: Don Mclean

Provider: Amazon US
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Don McLean Artist Snapshot:

Lost in the great shuffle of guitar-wielding singer-songwriters, Don McLean didn't attract much attention upon the 1971 release of his first album, AMERICAN PIE--and an edited version of the title track as its first single. However, the 1972 full-length re-release of the song launched McLean into the pop-music history books for all time. "American Pie" was a cultural reference point for the Vietnam era--full of rueful self-examination, bittersweet nostalgia, and, of course, that indelible chorus lamenting "the day the music died." Based on the success of this song, McLean's artistic credibility flourished. He continued to tour and release albums into the 21st century, and had a 1980 hit with his version of Roy Orbison's "Crying."

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MP3 Downloads Album                 
DISC 1 for American Pie Album By Don Mclean iTunes
1   American Pie Buy Buy
2   Till Tomorrow Buy Buy
3   Vincent Buy Buy
4   Crossroads Buy Buy
5   Winterwood Buy Buy
6   Empty Chairs Buy Buy
7   Everybody Loves Me, Baby Buy Buy
8   Sister Fatima Buy Buy
9   The Grave Buy Buy
10   Babylon Buy Buy
11   Mother Nature [*]    
12   Aftermath [*]    

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Product Notes

There's an old quote of St. Theresa's that goes something like, "More tears are shed over answered prayers than those that remain unanswered." In other words, be careful what you wish for--you just might get it. Don McLean, like any other singer-songwriter, no doubt wanted a hit, or some degree of success. "American Pie" gave him that and more. McLean's ode to Buddy Holly began with a folky intro that sounded like a protest song. Almost nine minutes later the song finally ends. Sure the song's poetic, sure it's a touching tribute, and sure, it's undeniably a classic. But it also became the bane of McLean's existence for many years as it was the only one of his songs that people wanted to hear. American Pie the album sold well on the strength of the title track, and even propelled the comparatively weak "Vincent" into the Top 20. A fine release rooted in folk, American Pie is a classic, whether anyone actually pays attention to the other songs or not. The 2003 reissue includes two bonus tracks—"Mother Nature" and "Aftermath." --Steve Gdula

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