Don McLean takes us on an American musical journey with his new "Rearview Mirror" release.
Don McLean – 'Rearview Mirror"
Rearview Mirror. www.don-mclean.com. If You Could Read My Mind, Vincent (Starry Starry Night), Wonderful Baby, Love Me Tender, (It Was) A very Good Year, El Paso, My Saddle Pals and I, And I Love You So, Crying: Empty Chairs, Homeless Brother, TB Blues, Magdalene Lane, Infinity, Prime Time, American Pie, Run, Diana Run, You’ve Got To Share
Rearview Mirror, released by Hyena Records (www.hyenarecords.com), is a perfect gift for the individual who appreciates great music by a legend in the industry – Don McLean. Along with the classics we have come to love: “American Pie”, “Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “And I Love You So”, this is a release which is rich with tracks that bring back the best memories of the past 30 years. Nostalgic, yes, but music does that to a person. Music has that unique ability to instantly transform you to a special place, special time, with that special person. When you add the beautiful songs by singer/songwriter Don McLean you are on a journey where only you’re imagination is the limitation.
The release includes a DVD that contains interviews and a selection of eclectic songs such as: “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Slow and Easy”, “Tulsa Time”, “White Christmas”, “Dig A Little Deeper”, and more.
“If You Could Read My Mind” is the lead track and sets the tone for this release as you start to let you mind wander, and as you are on your musical journey, your expression says “If You Could Read My Mind”. The release showcases Mr. McLean’s passion for lyrics, and the incredible way his guitar meshes with his voice. “Vincent (Starry Starry Night) follows “If You Could Read My Mind”, and is preformed live, and I swear you can feel the audience’s energy throughout the song. Lyrics like “Flaming flowers that brightly blaze”, and “How you suffered for your sanity”, are still as powerful today as the first time I heard them.
Originals infused with covers of “Love Me Tender” (Vera Matson & Elvis Presley), “If You Could Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot), “(It Was) A Very Good Year” (Ervin Drake), “Crying” (Roy Orbison), “TB Blues” (Jimmie Rogers), “El Paso” (Marty Robbins), and “My Saddle Pals & I” (Roy Rogers), shows off Mr. McLean’s love of music, and his skill as a storyteller and musician. The last track features Mr. Mclean singing a duet with his daughter, Jackie Lee McLean, on a song she wrote, “You’ve Got To Share”.
A new release is scheduled for mid-2006, but we are treated to a single selection from this release in the track “Run Diana Run”. You still find the story-telling lyrics we look for in Mr. McLean’s songs, the melody has an up tempo and progressive beat that makes this another song that will go into Mr. McLean’s extensive and classic repertoire. I cannot wait for the release in 2006; keep your eyes on Luxury Experience and you can bet I will be reviewing it.
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