These are very welcome double-disc reissues from the enigmatic Don McLean. Greatest Hits – Live contains good readings of his best material, while For The Memories finds McLean in contemplative mood on versions of old chestnuts such as Over The Rainbow and It Had To Be You. The first trilogy, on the other hand, features recordings made during McLean’s critical and commercial renaissance in the early Eighties and includes many of his own classic songs as well as song well-chosen covers.
Birmingham Sunday Mercury, December 08
Greatest Hits Live, originally a double vinyl LP, was recorded at London’s Dominion Theatre in October 1980.
It was at the end of the UK tour that accompanied Don McLean’s charttopper Cryin’ – his cover of the Roy Orbison original.
As well as that you could hear fine live versions of his hits Vincent, Wonderful Baby and, of course, his anthem to Buddy Holly, American Pie.
For the memories, meanwhile, contains McLean’s gentle studio recording of such old classics as It Had To Be You, You Don’t Know Me, Someone To Watch Over Me and Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
An added bonus is that the vocal backing on this album is provided by none other than Elvis Presley’s former backing vocalists, The Jordanaires.