The first album I ever bought…
Yup, American Pie by Don MacLean. It was $2.69 when it was freshly released in … 1972. We were living in Mt Prospect, IL and I crossed the busy street near my school, I was only 10 at the time, and bought it myself before heading home. When I got home I played it on one of these:
I was listening to the title track and his arrangement of Babylon today and thinking about how well they still hold up. Vincent was another hit at the time and has been covered by several artists more recently. A note for those who may not know it: the song Killing Me Softly With His Song was written about MacLean.
MacLean never matched American Pie’s success, but not many other artists have created even one classic so don’t hold that against him. 🙂
Do you remember the first album you bought?
Do you still listen to it?
This is MacLean at the Royal Albert Hall.