January 27, 2012 – 4:33 am

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Manchester 1975 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Hardrock Concert Theatre Cafe, Manchester, UK; May 25, 1975; Excellent FM broadcast.

The shutdown of Megaupload; and other cyberlockers such as Filesonic and Fileserve becoming pale shadows of what they once were, music fans will once again recall the immortal words of Don McLean.

But the lyrics to McLean’s Bronco Bill’s Lament are no less poignant and apt for these times:

Well you may not recognize my face, I used to be a star,
A cowboy hero known both near and far.
I perched upon a silver mount and sang with my guitar,
But the studio of course,
owned my saddle and my horse…

All the voyeurs and the lawyers who can pull a fountain pen,
And put you where they choose,
With the language that they use,
And enslave you till you work your youth away,
Oh god how I worked my youth away.

Thanks to Otto who shared these tracks on the net in 2010.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Bronco Bill’s Lament 3:22 (5.4MB)
Track 02. Empty Chairs 3:38 (5.8MB)
Track 03. La La Love You 4:26 (7.1MB)
Track 04. American Pie 10:03 (16.1MB)
Track 05. Homeless Brother 4:16 (6.8MB)
Track 06. Respectable 4:04 (6.5MB)
Track 07. The Legend Of Andrew McCrew 6:20 (10.1MB)
Track 08. Babylon 5:00 (8.0MB)
Track 09. This Little Light Of Mine 2:58 (4.7MB)
Track 10. Vincent 4:04 (6.5MB)

Don McLean’s last studio release was 2009’s Addicted To Black. Click here to order the album.

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  1. 16 Responses to “THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED PART 2”

  2. Love Don McLean, looking forward to hearing this one. Thanks!

    By Tom on Jan 27, 2012

  3. Truly, this is a wonderful share of a concert clip. Vincent is wonderful poetry. The words alone stand up without the music. Don McLean is now on tour again right now with a 40th Anniversary tour of American Pie. Go see him and remind him that he is still loved by many fans.

    American Pie remains one of my favorite, radio friendly, songs from the 1970s.


    By JALtheImpaler on Jan 27, 2012

  4. Thank you very much. Great show.

    By Alberto on Jan 27, 2012

  5. very timely to pull these words out…thanks for the post and sharing

    By Cowgill on Jan 27, 2012

  6. Looking forward to this. I remember the song as does everyone from this period…but never live and in an informal setting…
    As always, thanks for sharing and educating!!!

    By DanC on Jan 28, 2012

  7. I remember when American Pie came out on a 45 and you had to turn it over to complete the song.

    By sking on Jan 28, 2012

  8. I had a 45 of spoonful by the cream, same deal..

    By sluggo on Jan 28, 2012

  9. Thank you so much for this beautiful lament - sad to see how much this fits today’s dreadful situation with file sharing that again threatens to kill all - legal as well as illegal - attempt of documenting popular music in the late 20th century. More than the record companies would ever dream of, and far beyond what anyone else do. In due time, what was done by this site and all the others will be seen as THE documentation of popular music. Until then, we cannot do anything than to applaud the energy and the results you create.

    By Henning2804 on Jan 28, 2012

  10. 55 years ago today.

    By darth on Feb 4, 2014

  11. darth or spam: which is worse?

    By Willis on Jan 26, 2015

  12. sparth.

    By gold medal on Jan 26, 2015

  13. Just a small point. I was a student in Manchester in 1975 and there was Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester at the time. I did see Don McLean at the old Free Trade Hall around that time.

    By Don on Oct 26, 2016

  14. Sorry the last post should have read there was NO Hard Rock Cafe at the time.

    By Don on Oct 26, 2016

  15. I was born and raised in Manchester. and I know that the venue was known as The Hard Rock - it was in the Stretford area of Manchester - and it was NOT known as the Hard Rock Cafe. it was not part of the Hard Rock Cafe chain.

    Please see this page for more info, including a ticket scan from a show at the venue:

    By Manchester Born on Oct 29, 2016

  16. Hello Manchester Born

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Oct 29, 2016

  17. Fabulous repost! I saw him a year or so later at Milwaukee’s Summerfest on the Schlitz Country stage. He was a one man band with his 6 and 12 string guitars and banjo. Absolutely the best concert I have ever seen. His song about Andrew McCrew still sends shivers up my spine, a true story where Don stepped in and gave him a proper burial. The show I saw was film by PBS and I managed to get his autograph. He was standing on the other side of a cyclone fence talking to a fan about American Pie, and signed a piece of torn cardboard that I found on the ground and just continued the discussion without missing a beat. I still have that treasure in one of his cd cases.
    Thanks for the music BigO!

    By BigE on Aug 16, 2017

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