Rearview Mirror

  1. If You Could Read My Mind (remastered) (G Lightfoot)
  2. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
  3. Wonderful Baby
  4. Love Me Tender (E Presley)
  5. (It Was) A Very Good Year (Ervin M. Drake)
  6. El Paso
  7. My Saddle Pals and I
  8. And I Love You So
  9. Crying (Orbison-Melson)
  10. Empty Chairs (recorded in 1978)
  11. Homeless Brother
  12. TB Blues
  13. Magdalene Lane
  14. Infinity
  15. Prime Time
  16. American Pie
  17. Run, Diana Run
  18. You’ve Got to Share

Released by Hyena Records in 2005. Career retrospective including previously unreleased material, the original studio recording of American Pie and Don’s new song, Run, Diana Run. Includes a bonus DVD featuring Don McLean rehearsing at home with the Jordanaires in 1984 and Don’s only music video – Headroom. Produced by Don McLean and Joel Dorn.

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  1. “A 3 star album. Some good songs, some brilliant ones, but some howlers too (It was a very good year being truly abysmal) (Rated 3 out of 5)”

  2. “I dont know about this. I&#39ve got it, I play it and I like it. But only like it.
    Just about all the songs I think are really great but as an album its only good. (Rated 3 out of 5)”

  3. Just 4 or 5 songs that would fit well alongside Don McLean&#39s greatest recordings. (Rated 3 out of 5)

  4. Glenn Manion

    “I had expected Rearview Mirror to be a conventional “”greatest-hits”” retrospective and planned to get reaquainted with records I played to death back in the vinyl era. I did not expect to be so emotionally moved by the CD and by your effort to tie together all the strands of your musical life and influences.

    In my mind, you and I go back a long way. I remember watching you perform “”Respectable”” on The Great American Dream Machine (was it 1970?) and never tiring of hearing American Pie and Vincent on the AM radio. My blind buddy Paul sang Orphans of Wealth in our band in Syracuse. Your songs formed the model of what I thought a good song should be, and my wife and I spent the &#3970s in the Village performing songs I wrote based (unconsciously, I hope) on that model. We worked with the Clearwater and saw you transform a sloop benefit into a benefit for St. Mark&#39s Church after their fire.

    My wife and I started our band SQUEAKY CLEAN in 1983, emulating that stripped down rockabilly sound that the Stray Cats were noted for. Not long after, we started presenting rock and roll music in schools. American Pie has been the closer for our multimedia show about the 1960s for more than fifteen years now. I often sing the verse about the girl who sang the blues unaccompanied, and it reliably shuts up even the most obnoxious group of middle school kids.

    We opened for you on July 4th, 1993 at the World Trade Center. Probably just another July 4th gig for you, but it meant the world to us. The recollection is all the more poignant, given recent history.

    SQUEAKY CLEAN just put out a new CD that features many of the songs we heard on the radio back in the “”peace, love and understanding”” craze. Remember when AM radio sent out messages like that? We&#39d love to send you a copy as our way of saying thanks for all we&#39ve learned from you.

    Our web address is:

    All the best

    Glenn Manion (Rated 5 out of 5)”

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