Tapestry: Don McLean’s debut album

tapestry4Don McLean’s debut album Tapestry was issued by Mediarts in 1969. Following the takeover of Mediarts by United Artists and the success of American Pie, United Artists relaunched the album in 1971.

This album remains a landmark in Don McLean’s career and contains several hugely popular and important songs.

The title track “Tapestry” was an inspiration for the formation of the Greenpeace environmental movement.

“And I Love You So” is one of the most recorded songs, with versions by artists ranging from Elvis Presley in the 1970s and to Glen Campbell nearly 30 years later. Perry Como had a huge international hit with the song in 1973.

“Castles in the Air”, which was remixed for the United Artists release, was the b-side to the UK number 1, “Vincent”, and later became a chart hit in its own right in 1981 after the track had been re-recorded for Don’s “Believers” album.

Songs such as “Three Flights Up”, “Respectable” and “Magdalene Lane” feature high on most fans “best of” list.

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  1. Well said. I always said that same, that Don Mclean did all of my inner wiring for musical appreciation. He’s a rare electrician.

  2. I believe I got this album for my 11th birthday, now as my son has just celebrated his 10th birthday I have been playing Don’s music more and more in the car on our trips to school and back. It’s hard to imagine how intense I was as a child really ‘getting’ this album and as your article states like many other fans I still adore ‘Three Flights Up’ and ‘Respectable’ and appreciate their craft. Without doubt my love for Don’s singing and songwriting formed the basis for my life time of music appreciation, and I am very grateful for learning at the master’s knee and hope my young son can learn from him too.

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