||2nd album. (ringwear) Thick brown picture sleeve.
Don McLean – vocals, guitar, banjo
Warren Bernhardt – piano
Ray Colcord – electric piano
Bob Rothstein – bass, vocals
Roy Markowitz – drums, percussion
Mike Mainieri – marimba, vibraphone
Paul Griffin – piano ("American Pie")
David Spinozza – electric guitar ("A P")
W. 44th St. Rhythm & Noise Choir – chorus
[Although the individual choristers have never been publicly named, producer, Ed Freeman, has claims the choir included Pete Seeger, James Taylor, Livingston Taylor and Carly Simon.]
Terre Haute Pressing.
Custom inner sleeve w/image, and tribute to Hopalong Cassidy; reverse side credits.
[This sleeve was removed within a year of the album's release.]
A BSM Production.
Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, May-June, 1971.
Dedicated to Buddy Holly.