Tapestry (Don McLean album)

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Don McLean - Tapestry Coverart.png
Original cover designed by Norber Jobst
Studio album by Don McLean
Released October 1970 (1970-10)
Recorded 1970 (1970)
Studio Sierra Sound Laboratories, Berkeley, CA
Genre Folk
Length 40:38
Label Mediarts
Producer Jerry Corbitt
Don McLean chronology
American Pie
(1971) American Pie1971
Singles from Tapestry
  1. "Castles in the Air[1]"
    Released: December 1970
  2. "And I Love You So[2]"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]

Tapestry is the debut studio album by American folk singer Don McLean. The album was originally released by Mediarts Records but was re-launched in 1971 by United Artists after United Artists' purchase of Mediarts.[4] The album was also reissued in 1981 on Liberty Records, but without including the song "Three Flights Up".

The album was produced by Jerry Corbitt of the Youngbloods.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Don McLean.

Side one
1."Castles in the Air"2:50
2."General Store"2:53
3."Magdalene Lane"4:28
6."Orphans of Wealth"4:37
Total length:20:44
Side two
7."Three Flights Up"5:48
8."And I Love You So"4:16
9."Bad Girl"3:39
10."Circus Song"5:00
11."No Reason for Your Dreams"2:09
Total length:19:54


  • Don McLean – vocals, guitar, banjo
  • Rick Turner – guitar, bass guitar
  • Peter Childs – dobro, bass guitar
  • Jerry Corbitt – bass guitar
  • Gregory Dewey, Jeff Meyer – drums
  • Scott Lawrence, Edward Bogas – piano

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1970 Mediarts Records stereo LP 41-4


  1. ^ "Don McLean - Castles In The Air". 45 Cat.
  2. ^ "Don McLean - And I Love You So / If We Try". Discogs.
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ don-mclean.com Accessed 2008 July 28
  5. ^ Bob Sarlin - Turn it up!: (I can't hear the words) 1974 - Page 143 Another noteworthy song on this first album is the title tune, "Tapestry," which is perhaps the best statement on preservation of the physical, livable world yet produced by the songpoets. It is succinct and neither pompous nor ... over a period of time. One can see a difference from cut to cut: a growth of expression and a careful refining of technique. The album's most impressive song is "Three Flights Up," and it is one of the most innovative songs of its period. McLean creates a building, ...