Prime Time


  1. Prime Time
  2. The Statue
  3. Jump
  4. Red Wing (Trad.)
  5. The Wrong Thing to Do
  6. The Pattern Is Broken
  7. When Love Begins
  8. Color TV Blues
  9. Building My Body
  10. Down the Road/Sally Ann (Trad.)
  11. When a Good Thing Goes Bad
  12. South of the Border (Kennedy-Carr)
  13. If You Can Dream

Produced by John Peters and released by Arista in 1977 – Don’s one and only album with Arista records. Arguably his least successful album but one that contains excellent songs. ‘When Love Begins’ and ‘The Pattern is Broken’ were written and recorded for the film ‘Fraternity Row’. Re-issued in 1997 on Hip-o Records with ‘If You Can Dream’ bonus track and liner notes written by Joel Dorn.

ARISTA 4149, Released October 1977 INTERFUSION (FESTIVAL) L36446 (AUS), Released 1977 [LP]
HIP-O HIPD-40055, Reissued September 1997 [CD]*

*With Bonus Track: If You Can Dream

All tracks composed by Don McLean unless otherwise stated.





  1. Magdalene Lane
  2. Masters of War
  3. Wonderful Baby
  4. Where Were You, Baby?
  5. Empty Chairs
  6. Geordie’s Lost His Penker
  7. Babylon
  8. And I Love You So
  9. Mactavish Is Dead
  10. Cripple Creek/ Muleskinner Blues
  11. Great Big Man
  12. Bronco Bill’s Lament
  13. Happy Trails
  14. Circus Song
  15. Birthday Song
  16. On the Amazon
  17. American Pie
  18. Over the Waterfall/ Arkansas Traveller
  19. Homeless Brother
  20. Castles in the Air (Three Flights Up)
  21. Lovesick Blues
  22. Winter Has Me in Its Grip
  23. The Legend of Andrew McCrew
  24. Dreidel
  25. Vincent
  26. Till Tomorrow

Recorded live at Manchester, Bristol and Oxford, England. Produced by Don McLean and John Peters.

UNITED ARTISTS UA-LA652-H2, Released August 1976 [LP]
UNITED ARTISTS UA-EA652-J2, Released August 1976 [8T]
UNITED ARTISTS (FESTIVAL) L70067 (AUS), Released 1976 [LP]
BEAT GOES ON (BGO) 2779 300 2 [CD]


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