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Updated Jan 2009

May 31st 1975

Don McLean,Caravan, Joan Armatrading, Shusha, David Lewis, Screemer.

Don Mclean .Photos © Vin Miles

   Despite cold, windy conditions this was, according to reports, quite a biggie,up to 85,000 attended, ( although co-promoters Capitol Radio only gave the crowd figure as 18.000) McLean was a very popular artist at the time , due to big hits such as ' Vincent'. This show was intended to be a farewell as McLean was worn suffering from the pressures of fame ... but as these farwells nearly always go, this was not the end of his performing career . Most of McLeans portion of the concert was broadcast on FM radio and you can listen to two tracks from it here , Capitol Radio missed broadcasting the encores. Portions of the other acts sets were also played on air but so far we've not been able to track down any setlists. A couple of press articles can be read here .

Don Mclean .Photos © Vin Miles

Don Mclean .Photos © Vin Miles

Don Mclean .Photos © Vin Miles

Setlists and recordings.

Don McLean

Hyde Park 5-31-75

  • Vincent
  • Empty Chairs
  • Dreidel
  • Wonderful baby
  • Homeless Brother
  • Masters Of War
  • American Pie
  • Bronco Bill's Lament
  • Respectable
  • encores ( not broadcast )
  • This Land Is Your Land
  • It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  • Ain't Gonna Study War No More

Broadcast on Capitol radio apart from last three tracks.

The setlist is incomplete and not in the correct order apart from the encores.

We are looking for a comprehensive setlist of this and any other sets from this concert. Does anyone know whether the Capitol Radio broadcasts of sets by the other acts were recorded by any fans ?


  • Show Of Our Lives
  • Memory Lane Hugh
  • Headloss
  • Dabsong Conshirtoe
  • Virgin On The Ridiculous
  • Be Alright
  • Chance Of A Lifetime
  • Love In Your Eye
  • For Richard

Unfortunately this is not the radio broadcast from Hyde park as Dave Sinclair has left and has been replaced by Jan Schelhaas but it is from 75 and is indicative of what they probably would have played at Hyde Park.


Remember a great set from Joan Armatrading and Caravan, really mind blowing performances
Paolo Petrini

A teensy weensy little picture of Joan Armatrading and band at Hyde Park may be viewed with a microscope here although you can view at a larger format if you register.

Press reviews of this show can be accessed here

    These pages are a celebration of the Hyde park concerts. The highs , the lows, the good uns and the bad uns . We'll try to provide whatever info there is available on each event , recordings availability, photos, reviews, etc. and hopefully , you will want to add your memories here too.

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Concert reviews and info -1974-76