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A gem of a CD.....background vocals by the Jordanaires!!!!

  • Dec 13, 2008
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 I  played this CD today for the first time in quite some time.  It is really one of the most underrated and enjoyable CDs I own.  "For The Memories" was originally recorded as a pair of LP's on the Gold Castle label in the mid 1980's.  The first album featured 9 tunes from the 1950's that Don McLean admired and always wanted to record. Among these you will hear outstanding versions of the Patsy Cline classic "Crazy", "You Don't Know Me", Rick Nelson's "Travelin' Man" and "A White Sport Coat" all backed by the legendary Jordanaires.  Tracks 10 through 20 feature great standards of the 1930's and 40's.  Everyone is certainly familiar with great Gershwin tunes like "Someone To Watch Over Me" (the best version of this tune I have ever heard) and "Somebody Loves Me".  Then there is the outstanding Irving Berlin classic "Count Your Blessings".  Again, I would have to say that McLeans rendition of this tune is the absolute best I have ever heard.  There are also a couple of lesser known gems here including "If I Only Had A Match" (the last charted single for Al Jolson in 1948) and "But Beautiful" (a hit for Frank Sinatra that same year).  You will also find magnificent recordings of Bessie Smith's Depression era favorite "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" and a haunting version of Hoagie Carmicheal's all-time favorite "Stardust".  Once again, memorable background vocals are provided by the Jordanaires on most of these tunes.
Gold Castle combined the two LP's onto a single CD in 1989.  Since this was hardly one of Don McLeans most popular CDs I would not have been at all surprised if it was no longer available. However, Hip-O records reissued this disc back in 1997 and happily it is still available for your enjoyment. I would grab it while you can!
Don McLean continues to perform around the world.  My wife and I caught his act several years ago at a local university. Simply outstanding!  In any event, whether you are a big McLean fan or just a music buff you are sure to enjoy "For The Memories".  Very highly recommended!!!!!

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  1. Released by Gold Castle Records in 1989. Songs from the 30s, 40s and 50s. 1997 reissue on hip-o records includes bonus track ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

    GOLD CASTLE D2-71330, Released 1989 [CD]
    GOLD CASTLE D4-71330, Released 1989 [CS]
    HIP-O HIPD-40054, Reissued April 1997 [CD]



    TRACK LISTING
  2. Maybe Baby
  3. A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)
  4. Don't
  5. Travelin' Man
  6. Sittin' In The Balcony
  7. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
  8. Crazy
  9. You Don't Know Me
  10. If I Only Had A Match
  11. But Beautiful
  12. Over The Weekend
  13. Someone To Watch Over Me
  14. Somebody Loves Me
  15. Count Your Blessings
  16. It Had To Be You
  17. Not A Moment Too Soon
  18. Change Partners
  19. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  20. Stardust
  21. Wonderful World

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Artist: Don McLean
Label: Gold Castle
Genre: Pop Vocals
Release Date: April 22, 1997

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