Don McLean ‎– American Pie

United Artists Records ‎– UAS-5535
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 American Pie 8:27
A2 Till Tomorrow 2:11
A3 Vincent 3:55
A4 Crossroads 3:34
B1 Winterwood 3:09
B2 Empty Chairs 3:24
B3 Everybody Loves Me, Baby 3:37
B4 Sister Fatima 2:31
B5 The Grave 3:08
B6 Babylon
Written-By – Traditional

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© MCMLXXI United Artists Records, Inc.
© 1971 Don McLean (tribute to Hopalong Cassidy) © 1971 William Boyd Enterprises (image of Hopalong Cassidy)

Terre Haute Pressing with variant labels from this U.S. vinyl by same catalog #.

Similar center labels to this issue, but with slightly different typeset, and 3rd resubmitted master for "One Side" and original master for "Another Side"

Custom inner sleeve contains image, and McLean's tribute to Hopalong Cassidy; reverse side credits

A BSM Production
Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, May-June, 1971

Dedicated to Buddy Holly

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Etch): UAS 5535-A-RE3 1T
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Etch): UAS 5535-B -6 1T
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 197) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
UAS-5535 Don McLean American Pie (LP, Album, Pit) United Artists Records UAS-5535 US 1971 Sell This Version
E2 46555 Don McLean American Pie(CD, Album, RE) EMI USA E2 46555 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
UAS 29285, UAS. 29285 Don McLean American Pie(LP, Album) United Artists Records, United Artists Records UAS 29285, UAS. 29285 India 1971 Sell This Version
72435-84279-2-9 Don McLean American Pie(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Capitol Records 72435-84279-2-9 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
31C 064 93703 Don McLean American Pie(LP, Album, RE) EMI, United Artists Records 31C 064 93703 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version


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July 1, 2019

Don McLean was an American rock & roller turned folk artist who defined his career with this album, though more aptly with the infectious song from the album “American Pie,” a song that has become an American anthem.

American Pie is an odd album, rather scattered, filled with biblical imagery that stands side by side with contemporary aspects of life during McLean’s vital years, including love, heartbreak, and strangely enough Vincent Van Gogh, who’s work was extremely in fashion for a variety of reasons during those years. That said, if nothing else, the record is a consistent listen, though one entirely overshadowed by that single. For the most part the record is a poetic acoustic affair, one laced with sparse instrumentation, traveling along the same path as Carole King’s Tapestry.

It’s not an important album, I doubt that even anyone who was there then could tell you anything about any of the other numbers, numbers that were nothing more than pleasant melodies, though not memorable. It’s an album those who consider themselves to be serious music listens, to be a joke, a novelty of sorts, and to be honest, that one single was. If anything, American Pie gave those living through the vast changes of the 60’s something to look back on with nostalgia, which seems rather strange and prophetic that twenty year olds would be in need of nostalgia, though truth be told, the young Americans of this country had both lost and gained much in a few short years.

*** The Fun Facts: The albums artwork, the thumb, was inspired by Captain America’s helmet in the movie “Easy Rider”.

‘The Day’ was the day Buddy Holly died in a plane crash (Don was a paperboy then) …
‘The Day’ was in February …
Miss American Pie was a beauty contestant McLean was dating … Or, the advertising phrase ‘Apple Pie & Chevrolet’ (people referred to cars as ‘she’) …
“The Book of Love” makes reference to the Monotones’ record “Who Wrote the Book of Love” …
High School dances were held in the gym, in order not to damage the floors kids danced with their shoes off, hence the term Sock Hops …
Black music was referred to as ‘Rhythm & Blues’ …
The phrase ‘Pink Carnation & a Pickup Truck’ refers to the Marty Bobbins 1955 song “White Sport Coat & Pink Carnation” …
The phrase “For ten years we’ve been on our own,” meaning Buddy Holly had been dead for ten years …
The ‘Jester’ was Bob Dylan, who stole the ‘Thorny Crown’ from Elvis Presley …
The slices of the pie mark the seminal events of the 60’s, such as the assignation of Kennedy and Martin Luther King …
“Helter Skelter in summer swelter” references the Manson killings …
‘Byrds’ references the band The Byrds, with the crashing from eight miles high imaged the end of the Summer of Love …
‘On the grass’ references marijuana …
‘The jester on the sidelines in a cast’ references Dylan disappearing after being severely injured in a motorcycle accident …
‘The sweet perfume’ was the smell of Teargas being used on protestors …
‘A generation lost in space’ referencers to the Space Race and all of the movies and television that surround that event …
‘The Devil’ refers to Mick Jagger, ‘The Angels’ to the Hell’s Angels and the events at Altamonte …
‘I met a girl who sang the blues’ references Janis Joplin …
‘Church bells all were broken’ references the turning away from the idea of a god …
‘The three men I admire most’ were the two Kennedys and Martin Luther King, though one could easily image the three who died in that plane crash, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson …

Review by Jenell Kesler


February 9, 2017
I can't seem to find my version. It is UAS-5535, but has "All compositions by Don McLean except "Babylon"--Traditional, arranged by Lee Hays & Don McLean.

On the inner sleeve it has a poem and a picture on one side, with credits on the backside.

Then on the vinyl itself "The Rainbow Collection" arched over the top of the yellow sticker. On "One Side" it has UAS-5535-1 etched into the vinyl, but on "Another Side" it has UAS-5535-2-RE6 etched into the vinyl. Can't find this combination anywhere.